There are 7 ways to get from West Des Moines to Aurora by plane, train, bus 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.

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare, train  •  4 h 15 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

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Naperville, IL 1201-1205

$57 - $84

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Fly to Chicago Midway, train  •  5 h 37 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 via Iowa City, IA  •  9 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Naperville, IL 1201-1205 / ...

$77 - $114

Bus, train Amtrak  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Monroe, IA
  2. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Ottumwa, IA
  3. Take the train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Naperville Amtrak

$114 - $222

Bus Windstar, train  •  9 h 52 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

Drive  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Drive from West Des Moines to Aurora 305.3 miles

$29 - $45

Questions & Answers

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 15 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 which takes 9 h 4 min and costs $55 - $85.

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It takes approximately 4 h 15 min to get from West Des Moines to Aurora, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 21 min.

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

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Map of how to get from West Des Moines to Aurora.
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  • Distance: 280.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 15 min

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

Burlington Trailways operates a bus from West Des Moines to Aurora 4 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $75 and the journey takes 6 h 40 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 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
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis, Nashville
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis, Cleveland
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Naperville Amtrak
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 Naperville, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Naperville, IL
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
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

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