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Des Moines to Ames bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$15.00
Shortest Duration0h 35m
Trips per day3
bus carriers2
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How to book cheap bus tickets from Des Moines to Ames

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets from Des Moines to Ames is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Des Moines to Ames were $15.60.

How long is the bus ride from Des Moines to Ames?

The distance between Des Moines and Ames is approximately 29.77 miles, or 47.89 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around and 41 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is and 35 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Des Moines to Ames?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Des Moines to Ames by bus is usually on Wednesday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Monday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

Jefferson Lines from Des Moines to Ames has the most daily schedules

On average there are 3 scheduled bus trips per day. Jefferson Lines has the most regularly scheduled departures from Des Moines to Ames, with an average of 2 trips per day and 52 monthly trips. 2 bus carriers serve the route from Des Moines to Ames. Of the 3 trips there are 3 trips that are direct connections to Ames.

2 carriers offer Des Moines to Ames bus trips

Burlington Trailways

Book Burlington Trailways from Des Moines to Ames from $16.00. Typically there is one Burlington Trailways schedule per day from Des Moines to Ames and you can expect on average to pay $16.78 for a Burlington Trailways ticket to Ames. In Des Moines, Burlington Trailways departs to Ames from Bus Station - 1501 2nd St, In Ames, Burlington Trailways arrives at Intermodal Station - 129 Hayward Ave,

An average trip on Burlington Trailways from Des Moines to Ames takes 0 hours and 50 minutes, while the fastest available Burlington Trailways trip will get you to Ames in 0 hours and 35 minutes,

On weekends, Burlington Trailways offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $16.80 for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Ames.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
0h 50m
Avg. Price
$16.78

Jefferson Lines

Book Jefferson Lines from Des Moines to Ames from $12.00. There are 2 trips per day offered by Jefferson Lines from Des Moines to Ames and you can expect on average to pay $16.21 for a Jefferson Lines ticket to Ames. In Des Moines, Jefferson Lines departs to Ames from Bus Station - 1501 2nd St, In Ames, Jefferson Lines arrives at Intermodal Station - 129 Hayward Ave,

An average trip on Jefferson Lines from Des Moines to Ames takes 0 hours and 39 minutes, while the fastest available Jefferson Lines trip will get you to Ames in 0 hours and 35 minutes,

On weekends, Jefferson Lines offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $17.89 for a weekend trip to Ames.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
0h 39m
Avg. Price
$16.21

Plan your next adventure

Depending on the bus line you travel with, your options include one station that has bus departures from Des Moines. Most bus trips to Ames will depart from:
  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St
Bus trips arrive in Ames at 1 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Ames for trips arriving from Des Moines:
  • Intermodal Station - 129 Hayward Ave