Ottumwa to Des Moines bus

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Ottumwa - Des Moines Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from Ottumwa to Des Moines. Traveling by bus from Ottumwa to Des Moines usually takes around one hour and 50 minutes, but the fastest Burlington Trailways bus can make the trip in just one hour and 30 minutes.

Distance74 mi (120 km)
Shortest duration1h 30m
Cheapest price$51.50
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceBurlington Trailways
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Ottumwa to Des Moines

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




February 14, 2023- Business

Burlington Trailways

Pros: Trip was on time and I had a charging outlet at my seat. Cons: Not to much for the price paid it was more than adequate and was well worth it. Tips: Listen to the driver when he tells you about your connections and wait until everyone else is off if you want to stop and ask.

Price trends for buses from Ottumwa to Des Moines

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What bus companies travel from Ottumwa to Des Moines?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Ottumwa to Des Moines. Burlington Trailways is the only company that has bus schedules available to search and book at the moment. It only makes the trip once a day on most days.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways11h 51m$51.50
  • Book Burlington Trailways from Ottumwa to Des Moines from $52. Typically there is one Burlington Trailways schedule per day from Ottumwa to Des Moines and you can expect on average to pay for a Burlington Trailways ticket to Des Moines. In Ottumwa, Burlington Trailways departs to Des Moines from W 2nd St & N Market St . In Des Moines, Burlington Trailways arrives at Des Moines .

    An average trip on Burlington Trailways from Ottumwa to Des Moines takes 1 hours and 51 minutes , while the fastest available Burlington Trailways trip will get you to Des Moines in 1 hours and 30 minutes .

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

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of one hour and 50 minutes to cover the 74 miles from Ottumwa to Des Moines. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 30 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

There is usually only one bus per day from Ottumwa to Des Moines. It leaves the station in Ottumwa at 4:00pm each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

There is usually only one bus per day from Ottumwa to Des Moines. Fortunately, this happens to be a direct bus, meaning that you do not have to get on a different bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Des Moines

Des Moines, IA, US - DSM-0

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Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa and the most populous city in the state. It has been named the third-largest insurance capital in the world because of its relevance in the US insurance industry. Des Moines is home to historic landmarks, especially in the East Village area. These include the gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building. Art lovers can visit the Des Moines Art Center, which has notable contemporary collections, and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, a pedestrian space with public attractions. Des Moines also has spots for outdoor adventures, like the Blank Park Zoo, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and Living History Farms.

Des Moines offers diverse places for entertainment, like the Praire Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel, and the Salisbury House & Gardens, a concert venue in a 1920s manor. In the heart of the city is Downtown Des Moines, which has different attractions and entertainment venues, festivals and concerts, shopping spots, sports teams, restaurants, bars, and breweries.

It's very easy to access Des Moines when you're traveling by bus. Over a hundred neighboring cities offer bus lines to the city, powered by companies like Jefferson Lines, Tornado Bus, Burlington Trailways, and El Expreso Bus. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority also provides bus routes throughout the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Ottumwa?

Main departure station: W 2nd St & N Market St

Most buses depart from the main station in Ottumwa.

All bus stations in Ottumwa:

  • W 2nd St & N Market St

Where does the bus arrive in Des Moines?

Main arrival station: Des Moines

All buses from Ottumwa arrive at one main station in Des Moines.

All bus stations in Des Moines:

  • Des Moines

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