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Chicago to Des Moines bus

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Chicago - Des Moines Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Chicago to Des Moines. Traveling by bus from Chicago to Des Moines usually takes around 10 hours and 11 minutes, but the fastest Burlington Trailways bus can make the trip in 7 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance309 mi (497 km)
Shortest duration7h 10m
Cheapest price$124.11
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceBurlington Trailways
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How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Des Moines?

$129.80 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to Des Moines. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$143$95$48MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Chicago to Des Moines is expected to range from $130 to $134. If you are looking to travel to Des Moines within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $130. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $130 and can be found on May 31, 2024.

Monthly average prices

$170$136$102$68$34JJASONDJFMAM

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in December. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $78 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Des Moines in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $140 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Des Moines?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Chicago to Des Moines. Burlington Trailways connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways510h 12m$132.96
  • Book Burlington Trailways from Chicago to Des Moines from $124. There are 5 Burlington Trailways schedules from Chicago to Des Moines and you can expect on average to pay for a Burlington Trailways ticket to Des Moines. In Chicago, Burlington Trailways departs to Des Moines from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station. In Des Moines, Burlington Trailways arrives at Des Moines and no other station.

    An average trip on Burlington Trailways from Chicago to Des Moines takes 10 hours and 12 minutes , while the fastest available Burlington Trailways trip will get you to Des Moines in 7 hours and 10 minutes .

    On weekends, Burlington Trailways offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Des Moines.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 11 minutes to cover the 497 kilometers from Chicago to Des Moines. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 hours and 10 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Chicago to Des Moines for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Des Moines, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Des Moines every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Des Moines

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Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa and the most populous city in the state. It has been named the third-largest insurance capital in the world because of its relevance in the US insurance industry. Des Moines is home to historic landmarks, especially in the East Village area. These include the gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building. Art lovers can visit the Des Moines Art Center, which has notable contemporary collections, and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, a pedestrian space with public attractions. Des Moines also has spots for outdoor adventures, like the Blank Park Zoo, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and Living History Farms.

Des Moines offers diverse places for entertainment, like the Praire Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel, and the Salisbury House & Gardens, a concert venue in a 1920s manor. In the heart of the city is Downtown Des Moines, which has different attractions and entertainment venues, festivals and concerts, shopping spots, sports teams, restaurants, bars, and breweries.

It's very easy to access Des Moines when you're traveling by bus. Over a hundred neighboring cities offer bus lines to the city, powered by companies like Jefferson Lines, Tornado Bus, Burlington Trailways, and El Expreso Bus. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority also provides bus routes throughout the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

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Main departure station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Most buses depart from the main station in Chicago.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Where does the bus arrive in Des Moines?

Main arrival station: Des Moines

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Des Moines.

Bus stations in Des Moines:

  • Des Moines

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