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Journey Information

Chicago to Des Moines bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$30.32
Fastest time7h 5m
Trips per day7
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Des Moines right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Des Moines?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $31.63 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Des Moines. Buses from Des Moines to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $31.63 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 11 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $44.52 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 9 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 309 miles (497 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 hours and 5 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Des Moines, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 7 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.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Des Moines?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Chicago, Illinois to Des Moines, Iowa. Of these two services, Burlington Trailways usually offers more choice, with 4 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways48h 37m$54.49
Greyhound313h 24m$58.43

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Most buses depart from the main station in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Des Moines?

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Des Moines, Iowa:

  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Des Moines

Average prices by travel date

$59$40$20SepOct

Monthly average prices

$66$53$40$26$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$99$79$59$40$203020100

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