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Chicago to Des Moines bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price€17.75
Shortest Duration6h 40m
Trips per day7
Bus lines3
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Price trends for buses from Chicago to Des Moines

Average prices by travel date

€53€36€18JulJul

Monthly average prices

€44€36€27€18€9ASONDJFMAMJJ

Prices as travel date approaches

€67€53€40€27€133020100

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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. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their 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, €28.26 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 €28.26 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 16 days in advance. By doing so, you could save €37.34 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 9 hours and 56 minutes to cover the 497 kilometers (309 miles) from Chicago to Des Moines. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 40 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?

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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 06:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. 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 3 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 3 bus lines from Chicago to Des Moines. With 5 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways38h 31m€38.62
Greyhound511h 56m€48.59
Windstar Lines16h 41m€29.12

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Chicago, Illinois has two bus stations with service to Des Moines, Iowa:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St

Where does the bus arrive in Des Moines?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Des Moines, Iowa:

  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St
  • Cherry St between 7th and 8th

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