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There are 8 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 34 min

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

$201 - $451

Cheapest option

Bus  •  28 h 34 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

$139 - $288

6 alternative options

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  9 h 51 min

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

$278 - $643

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  12 h

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

$252 - $1,027

Fly to Minneapolis, bus  •  7 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Minneapolis (MSP) DCA - MSP
  2. Take the bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Ames, IA

$165 - $536

Train, bus via Ottumwa, IA  •  27 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union 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 / ...

$197 - $492

Train, bus  •  29 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA 1485

$144 - $395

Drive  •  17 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Washington to Ames 1043.7 miles

$100 - $150

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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 $200 - $460 and takes 5 h 34 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 27 h 48 min and costs $190 - $500.

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It takes approximately 5 h 34 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 34 min and costs $200 - $460. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $130 - $290 and takes 28 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 43 min.

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Ames is 1 h behind Washington. It is currently 12:27 PM in Washington and 11:27 AM in Ames.

Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Ames is 1044 miles. It takes approximately 17 h 4 min to drive from Washington to Ames.

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

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  • Distance: 902 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 34 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 28 h 34 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Columbus, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Buffalo, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Louisville, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Cleveland, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Rochester, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via New York La Guardia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Detroit, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Indianapolis, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Albany, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 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 41 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Toronto, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 22 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Waterloo via St. Louis, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 38 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Minneapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$460 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Minneapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Minneapolis via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
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 Ottumwa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
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
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190

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There are 26+ hotels available in Ames. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Reagan Washington Airport is to subway which takes 15 min and costs $2 - $4.

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