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There are 8 ways to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Washington Dulles to Des Moines  •  5h 50m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Des Moines (DSM) IAD - DSM

$199 - $799

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Train, bus #2  •  37h 45m

  1. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station Cardinal
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA 1485

$136 - $234

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Fly Washington Dulles to Waterloo, bus  •  11h 1m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Waterloo (ALO) IAD - ALO
  2. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA

$238 - $977

Bus to Reagan Washington, fly to Des Moines  •  6h 6m

  1. Take the bus from Dulles Airport Main Terminal & Arrivals/Door to N Moore St & Rosslyn Station Bus Bay C
  2. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Des Moines (DSM) DCA - DSM

$208 - $458

Bus  •  30h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA

$144 - $227

Train, bus via Bolivar  •  31h 17m

  1. Take the train from UNION STATION MARC Washington to HARPERS FERRY W VA MARC wb
  2. Take the train from Harpers Ferry Amtrak 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
  5. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$165 - $251

Train, bus  •  35h 48m

  1. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
  4. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$178 - $258

Drive  •  17h 6m

  1. Drive from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames 1040.2 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames is to drive which costs $100 - $150 and takes 17h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames is to fly which costs $190 - $800 and takes 5h 50m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames. However, there are services departing from Washington Dulles Airport and arriving at Ames, IA via Washington, Dc, Harrison & Morgan, Chicago, IL and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 30h 46m.

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The distance between Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) and Ames is 880 miles. The road distance is 1040.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames without a car is to bus which takes 30h 46m and costs $140 - $230.

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It takes approximately 5h 50m to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames, including transfers.

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Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Washington, Dc station.

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The best way to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames is to fly which takes 5h 50m and costs $190 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $230 and takes 30h 46m.

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There is no direct flight from Washington Dulles Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 14m and has one stopover.

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Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames.
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  • Distance: 879.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 50m

What companies run services between Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), USA and Ames, IA, USA?

Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames via Washington DC, Washington, Dc, Chicago, Il, Harrison & Morgan, Harrison & Jefferson, Chicago, IL, and Des Moines, IA in around 30h 46m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Washington Dulles to Waterloo via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Waterloo via Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Waterloo via Newark, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to Waterloo via Detroit, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Staunton, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Washington Dulles to Des Moines via Pittsburgh, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 8m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Train operators
Maryland Transit
Phone
1-866-743-3682
Website
mta.maryland.gov
Train from UNION STATION MARC Washington to HARPERS FERRY W VA MARC wb
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $10
More information at
Maryland Transit
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Harpers Ferry Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
16h 29m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Premium
$280 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Business Seat
$160 - $230
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 Alexandria Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
23h 41m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Premium
$310 - $430
Flexi Coach Seat
$180 - $280
Business Seat
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
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 Chicago, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Bus from Dulles Airport Main Terminal & Arrivals/Door to N Moore St & Rosslyn Station Bus Bay C
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
wmata.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.

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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
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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Ames is 1h behind Washington Dulles Airport (IAD). It is currently 5:51 AM in Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) and 4:51 AM in Ames.

Yes, the driving distance between Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames is 1040 miles. It takes approximately 17h 6m to drive from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Ames.

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

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There are 26+ hotels available in Ames. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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