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Alexandria-Des Moines Bus Schedule

Journey Information

Alexandria to Des Moines bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$82.50
Shortest Duration10h 10m
Trips per day1
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Alexandria to Des Moines right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Does the bus take you directly from Alexandria to Des Moines?

Unfortunately there are currently no buses that go the entire distance from Alexandria to Des Moines. At some point, you will need to switch onto another vehicle to complete the journey, such as a local shuttle or even a train. More details are available as you peruse individual tickets.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $88.00 was the low point for bus fares from Alexandria to Des Moines. Buses from Des Moines to Alexandria are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $88.00 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.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 10 hours and 10 minutes to cover the 309 miles (497 kilometers) from Alexandria, MN to Des Moines, IA. 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?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Alexandria?

There is usually only one bus per day from Alexandria to Des Moines. It leaves the station in Alexandria at 7:00am each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

How many buses are there each day?

There is usually only one bus per day from Alexandria to Des Moines. However, it is not a direct bus, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to change buses during the trip.

What bus companies travel from Alexandria to Des Moines?

There is one bus company that operates from Alexandria to Des Moines. Jefferson Lines is the only company to provide bus transportation at the moment. It only operates one bus trip per day, which really narrows down the options.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Jefferson Lines110h 10m$91.07

Where does the bus leave from in Alexandria?

Most buses depart from the main station in Alexandria, Minnesota:

  • 3181 Evergreen Ln

Where does the bus arrive in Des Moines?

All buses from Alexandria arrive at one main station in Des Moines, Iowa:

  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St

Price trends for buses from Alexandria to Des Moines

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