There are 6 ways to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Des Moines (DSM) STL - DSM

$190 - $792

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo 1683 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA 804 / ...

$74 - $133

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Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  9 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$84 - $158

Train, bus  •  10 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Kansas City Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$110 - $221

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  17 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, MO to Burlington, IA
  2. Take the bus from Burlington, IA to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$95 - $188

Drive  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Drive from St. Louis to Iowa State University 382.2 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 7 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University is to fly which costs $190 - $800 and takes 4 h 32 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from St. Louis to Iowa State University. However, there are services departing from St Louis, Mo and arriving at Ames, IA via Kansas City, MO and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 1 min.

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The distance between St. Louis and Iowa State University is 299 miles. The road distance is 382.2 miles.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 1 min and costs $80 - $160.

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It takes approximately 4 h 32 min to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University, including transfers.

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St. Louis to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from St Louis, Mo station.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University is to fly which takes 4 h 32 min and costs $190 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $160 and takes 9 h 1 min.

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The quickest flight from St. Louis Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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St. Louis to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Map of how to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 298.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 32 min

What companies run services between St. Louis, MO, USA and Iowa State University, IA, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from St. Louis to Iowa State University twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from St. Louis to Iowa State University via Kansas City, Mo, Kansas City, MO, Des Moines, IA, and Ames, IA in around 9 h 1 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from St. Louis to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from St Louis, MO to Burlington, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Burlington, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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