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Des Moines to Chicago bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$19.99
Shortest Duration6h 0m
Trips per day6
bus carriers3
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How to book cheap Des Moines to Chicago bus tickets?

The best way to get deals on 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 $30.02. By booking 14 days out, tickets are on average $30.00 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

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

The busiest time of the week for travel from Des Moines to Chicago by bus is at 8:00 AM on Monday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out. Around 2:00 PM on Friday 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.

Burlington Trailways from Des Moines to Chicago has the most daily schedules

On average there are 6 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 95 monthly trips. 3 bus carriers currently travel from Des Moines to Chicago. Of the 6 trips there are 5 trips that are direct routes with no transfers.

3 carriers offer Des Moines to Chicago bus trips

Burlington Trailways

Book Burlington Trailways from Des Moines to Chicago from $26.00. There are 4 Burlington Trailways schedules from Des Moines to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $34.25 for a Burlington Trailways ticket to Chicago. In Des Moines, Burlington Trailways departs to Chicago from Bus Station - 1501 2nd St and no other station. In Chicago, Burlington Trailways arrives at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and no other station.

An average trip on Burlington Trailways from Des Moines to Chicago takes 8 hours and 28 minutes, while the fastest available Burlington Trailways trip will get you to Chicago in 6 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Burlington Trailways offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay $33.49 for a weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

Air conditioning
Restroom
Power outlet
WiFi
Avg. Time
8h 28m
Avg. Price
$34.25

El Expreso Bus

Book El Expreso Bus from Des Moines to Chicago from $70.00. There are 1 El Expreso Bus schedules from Des Moines to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $89.50 for a El Expreso Bus ticket to Chicago. In Des Moines, El Expreso Bus departs to Chicago from Tienda La Mexicana and no other station. In Chicago, El Expreso Bus arrives at Tornado Bus Station and no other station.

An average trip on El Expreso Bus from Des Moines to Chicago takes 34 hours and 45 minutes, while the fastest available El Expreso Bus trip will get you to Chicago in 6 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, El Expreso Bus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $90.00 for a weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

Air conditioning
Restroom
Power outlet
WiFi
Avg. Time
10h 45m
Avg. Price
$89.50

Windstar Lines

Book Windstar Lines from Des Moines to Chicago from $1.00. There are 1 Windstar Lines schedules from Des Moines to Chicago and you can expect on average to pay $44.06 for a Windstar Lines ticket to Chicago. In Des Moines, Windstar Lines departs to Chicago 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, while the fastest available Windstar Lines trip will get you to Chicago in 6 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Windstar Lines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $45.62 for a weekend getaway trip to Chicago.

Movies
Power outlet
WiFi
Avg. Time
6h 15m
Avg. Price
$44.06

Plan your next adventure:

Depending on the bus line you travel with, your options include 3 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, Tienda La Mexicana.
  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St
  • Cherry St between 7th and 8th
  • Tienda La Mexicana
Bus trips arrive in Chicago at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St, W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St, Tornado Bus Station are the main bus stations in Chicago for trips arriving from Des Moines.
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St
  • Tornado Bus Station