There are 9 ways to get from Washington to Ames by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Des Moines  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Des Moines (DSM) DCA - DSM

$191 - $453

Cheapest option

Bus  •  29 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il 1607
  2. Take the bus from Chicago Cumberland Ave, IL to Ames, IA 1486

$127 - $280

7 alternative options

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Cedar Rapids (CID) DCA - CID
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA

$283 - $648

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  10 h 8 min

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

$257 - $1,031

Train, bus via Des Moines, IA  •  26 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$179 - $420

Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  27 h 33 min

  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 806 / ...

$147 - $303

Train, bus  •  28 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited
  2. Take the bus from Chicago to Ames, IA 1486

$159 - $400

Train, bus via Kansas City Amtrak  •  30 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$236 - $594

Drive  •  17 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Washington to Ames 1043.7 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Washington to Ames is to drive which costs $100 - $150 and takes 17 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Ames is to fly which costs $190 - $460 and takes 5 h 53 min.

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The distance between Washington and Ames is 902 miles. The road distance is 1043.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Ames without a car is to train and bus which takes 26 h 29 min and costs $170 - $420.

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It takes approximately 5 h 53 min to get from Washington to Ames, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Washington to Ames is to fly which takes 5 h 53 min and costs $190 - $460. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $310 and takes 27 h 33 min.

Mode details

The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 38 min.

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Ames is 1 h behind Washington. It is currently 1:22 AM in Washington and 12:22 AM in Ames.

Map of how to get from Washington to Ames.
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  • Distance: 902 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 53 min

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and Ames, IA, USA?

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Washington to Ames hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to Ames via Chicago, Il, UIC-Halsted, Clinton-Blue, Chicago, IL, and Des Moines, IA in around 27 h 33 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Columbus, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Buffalo, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Rochester, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Grand Rapids, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via New York La Guardia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Indianapolis, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Detroit, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Covington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Toronto, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$460 - $1,000
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $850
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Room
$290 - $410
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
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 Chicago to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago Cumberland Ave, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
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 Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.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
18 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190

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