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Chicago to Des Moines bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$19.99
Shortest Duration6h 40m
Trips per day8
Bus lines3
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Des Moines?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $25.35 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 $25.35 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 23 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $33.96 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 8 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 309 miles (497 kilometers) 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?

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

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. 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 8 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 Trailways27h 22m$41.25
Greyhound512h 20m$47.82
Windstar Lines16h 40m$28.79

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
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • 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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