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traveling from Des Moines to Chicago by bus

Cheapest price$19.99
Fastest time6h 15m
Trips per day5
bus carriers2
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How can I get the cheapest bus ticket from Des Moines to Chicago?

The best way to get the cheapest bus tickets from Des Moines to Chicago is by booking earlier. Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Des Moines to Chicago were $28.69. By booking 22 days out, tickets are on average $30.00 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

What is the busiest time to travel from Des Moines to Chicago?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Des Moines to Chicago by bus is at 8 AM on Monday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out. Around 2 PM on Monday is when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, the bus departing at this time is the least likely to be crowded.

How many daily bus trips are there from Des Moines to Chicago?

On average there are 5 bus trips per day. Burlington Trailways has the most options for departures from Des Moines to Chicago, with an average of 4 trips per day and 97 monthly trips. 2 bus carriers currently travel from Des Moines to Chicago. Of the 5 trips there are 4 trips that are direct routes with no transfers.

bus lines that run from Des Moines to Chicago

Windstar Lines

Windstar Lines operates, on average, 1 bus schedule(s) from Des Moines to Chicago. The average Windstar Lines ticket to Chicago costs $37.69. Cheap Windstar Lines tickets to Chicago are available on Wanderu starting from $19.99. In Des Moines, Windstar Lines departs from Cherry St between 7th and 8th and no other station. In Chicago, Windstar Lines arrives at W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St and no other station.

An average trip on Windstar Lines from Des Moines to Chicago takes 6 hours and 15 minutes,

On weekends, Windstar Lines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $37.85 for a weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

Windstar Lines
Windstar Lines
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Avg. Time
6h 15m
Avg. Price
$37.69

Burlington Trailways

Burlington Trailways operates, on average, 4 bus schedule(s) from Des Moines to Chicago. The average Burlington Trailways ticket to Chicago costs $36.77. Cheap Burlington Trailways tickets to Chicago are available on Wanderu starting from $26.00. In Des Moines, Burlington Trailways departs from Bus Station - 1501 2nd St and no other station. In Chicago, Burlington Trailways arrives at Greyhound Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station.

An average trip on Burlington Trailways from Des Moines to Chicago takes 8 hours and 25 minutes, while the fastest available Burlington Trailways trip will get you to Chicago in 6 hours and 15 minutes,

On weekends, Burlington Trailways offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay $37.38 for a weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

Burlington Trailways
Burlington Trailways
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Restroom
Power outlet
WiFi
Avg. Time
8h 25m
Avg. Price
$36.77

Plan your next adventure:

Depending on the bus line you travel with, your options include 2 stations that have bus departures from Des Moines. Most bus trips to Chicago will depart from Bus Station - 1501 2nd St, Cherry St between 7th and 8th.
  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St
  • Cherry St between 7th and 8th
Bus trips arrive in Chicago at 2 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. Greyhound Station - 630 W Harrison St, W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St are the main bus stations in Chicago for trips arriving from Des Moines.
  • Greyhound Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St