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There are 6 ways to get from West Des Moines to Aurora by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare, train  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) DSM - ORD
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Aurora

$177 - $735

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Bus, train Amtrak  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA 1491 / ...
  2. Take the train from Ottumwa Amtrak Station to Naperville Amtrak Station California Zephyr

$89 - $182

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Fly to Chicago Midway, train  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago Midway (MDW) DSM - MDW
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Aurora

$187 - $884

Bus Windstar, train  •  9 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL East Bound
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Aurora Bnsf

Bus  •  10 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Moline Airport East Bound
  2. Take the bus from Moline, IL to Naperville, IL 1491 / ...

Drive  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Drive from West Des Moines to Aurora 305.3 miles

$29 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from West Des Moines to Aurora is to drive which costs $29 - $45 and takes 4 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from West Des Moines to Aurora is to fly and train which costs $170 - $750 and takes 4 h 2 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from West Des Moines to Aurora. However, there are services departing from Walmart and arriving at Broadway & Spring St via Des Moines, IA, Quad City International Airport, Moline, IL and Naperville Metra. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 33 min.

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The distance between West Des Moines and Aurora is 280 miles. The road distance is 305.3 miles.

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The best way to get from West Des Moines to Aurora without a car is to bus and train which takes 8 h 20 min and costs $85 - $190.

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It takes approximately 4 h 2 min to get from West Des Moines to Aurora, including transfers.

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West Des Moines to Aurora bus services, operated by Windstar, depart from Des Moines, IA station.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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West Des Moines to Aurora bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Naperville, IL station.

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Yes, the driving distance between West Des Moines to Aurora is 305 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to drive from West Des Moines to Aurora.

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  • Distance: 280.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 2 min

What companies run services between West Des Moines, IA, USA and Aurora, IL, USA?

You can take a bus from West Des Moines to Aurora via Platform G, Des Moines, IA, Moline Airport, Quad City International Airport, Moline, IL, Moline, IL, and Naperville Metra in around 10 h 33 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis, Nashville
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Train operators
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Aurora
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
metrarail.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Ottumwa Amtrak Station to Naperville Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Moline, IL to Naperville, IL
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Moline Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.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 Moline, Il to Naperville Rt59
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 80+ hotels available in Aurora. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from West Des Moines to Des Moines Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs $17 - $21.

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