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There are 7 ways to get from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from Norfolk  •  6h 27m

  1. Fly from Norfolk (ORF) to Des Moines (DSM) ORF - DSM

$277 - $1,245

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Bus  •  33h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Virginia Beach, VA to Washington, DC - Union Station
  2. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA

$126 - $197

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Bus to Richmond, fly  •  9h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Virginia Beach, VA to Richmond, VA
  2. Fly from Richmond (RIC) to Des Moines (DSM) RIC - DSM

$251 - $1,070

Train, bus  •  33h 25m

  1. Take the train from Norfolk Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station
  4. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA

$224 - $370

Bus, train  •  36h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Virginia Beach, VA to Washington, DC - Union Station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Indianapolis Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Des Moines, IA

$179 - $268

Bus, train via Chicago  •  37h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Virginia Beach, VA to Richmond, VA
  2. Take the bus from Richmond Main Street Amtrak Station to Charlottesville Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Charlottesville Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  4. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA

Drive  •  20h 13m

  1. Drive from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines 1230 miles

$120 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines is to drive which costs $120 - $180 and takes 20h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines is to fly which costs $270 - $1,300 and takes 6h 27m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Virginia Beach, VA and arriving at Buffalo Rd / 73Rd St, Clv via Washington, Dc, Harrison & Morgan, Chicago, IL and Platform G. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33h 48m.

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The distance between Virginia Beach and West Des Moines is 1007 miles. The road distance is 1230 miles.

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The best way to get from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines without a car is to train and bus which takes 33h 25m and costs $220 - $370.

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It takes approximately 6h 27m to get from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines, including transfers.

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Virginia Beach to West Des Moines bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Virginia Beach, VA station.

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The best way to get from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines is to fly which takes 6h 27m and costs $270 - $1,300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $120 - $200 and takes 33h 48m.

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There is no direct flight from Norfolk Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 47m and has one stopover.

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Virginia Beach to West Des Moines bus services, operated by Windstar, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 1007.5 miles
  • Duration: 6h 27m

What companies run services between Virginia Beach, VA, USA and West Des Moines, IA, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines via Washington, DC - Union Station, Washington, Dc, Chicago, Il, Harrison & Morgan, Harrison & Jefferson, Chicago, IL, Des Moines, IA, and Platform G in around 33h 48m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
7h 29m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8h 6m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
8h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 36m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
6h 14m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Norfolk to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,500
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Richmond to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Norfolk Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$60 - $130
Business Class Seat
$95 - $180
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $250
Train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Train from Washington Union Station to Indianapolis Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Premium
$280 - $390
Flexi Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Business Seat
$160 - $230
Train from Charlottesville Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
21h 8m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Premium
$300 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $250
Business Seat
$180 - $260
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Virginia Beach, VA to Richmond, VA
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Virginia Beach, VA to Washington, DC - Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $45
Book at
megabus.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
11h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
18h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $110
Flexible
$120 - $170
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Richmond Main Street Amtrak Station to Charlottesville Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com

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West Des Moines is 1h behind Virginia Beach. It is currently 2:32 AM in Virginia Beach and 1:32 AM in West Des Moines.

Yes, the driving distance between Virginia Beach to West Des Moines is 1230 miles. It takes approximately 20h 13m to drive from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines.

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United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Norfolk Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 115+ hotels available in West Des Moines. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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