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Minneapolis - Des Moines Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Minneapolis to Des Moines. Traveling by bus from Minneapolis to Des Moines usually takes around 7 hours and 30 minutes, but the fastest El Expreso Bus bus can make the trip in 5 hours,

Distance234 mi (377 km)
Shortest duration5h 0m
Cheapest price$55.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceJefferson Lines
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Minneapolis to Des Moines

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Justus

April 17, 2022- Solo travel

Jefferson Lines

Pros: The customer service was friendly, the bus was clean and neat, the ride was comfortable and on time. Cons: Maybe lower the fare. Tips: Jefferson is one of the best bus companies to travel with.

Pros: The customer service was friendly, the bus was clean and neat, the ride was comfortable and on time. Cons: Maybe lower the fare. Tips: Jefferson is one of the best bus companies to travel with.

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

$57.60 is the average price of a bus ticket from Minneapolis to Des Moines. Any tickets cheaper than $57.60 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Minneapolis to Des Moines is expected to range from $66 to $68. If you are looking to travel to Des Moines within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $66. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $66 and can be found on May 28, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Minneapolis to Des Moines by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $58 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 11 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $10.46 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Minneapolis to Des Moines?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Minneapolis to Des Moines that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Jefferson Lines usually offers more choice, with 5 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
El Expreso Bus15h 0m$59.19
Jefferson Lines57h 32m$67.00
  • El Expreso Bus

    El Expreso Bus

    El Expreso Bus, a sub-brand of Tornado Bus Company, operates intercity bus trips in the United States, plus several routes that cross the border into Mexico. The carrier’s professional and helpful staff are often fluent in both English and Spanish. El Expreso buses feature comfortable seats, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and free WiFi. The average ticket price for a Minneapolis to Des Moines trip is $55 on El Expreso Bus, and they usually make the trip in just 5 hours and 0 minutes.

  • Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines is a well-established intercity bus company with service to some of the Midwest’s top travel destinations. As one of the United States’ largest bus service providers, Jefferson Lines is beloved by students, commuters, and vacationers in America’s heartland. Travel with Jefferson Lines is comfortable thanks to reclining seats, individual climate controls, restrooms, and free WiFi. You can even check the status of your trip with their bus tracker tool. The carrier provides safe, affordable, and reliable service from Minneapolis to Des Moines with ticket prices as low as $65.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Minneapolis to Des Moines during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Minneapolis to Des Moines?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 30 minutes to cover the 234 miles from Minneapolis to Des Moines. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Des Moines. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Minneapolis?

The first bus leaves at 9:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Minneapolis to Des Moines, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to Des Moines are there per day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Minneapolis to Des Moines every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Minneapolis

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Minneapolis, MN - MSP-1

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Situated along the bank of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, Minneapolis is one of the biggest and most exciting cities to visit in the Midwest. It is home to the Chain of Lakes, where you can swim, fish, boat and even bike or walk along the lakeside trails. It’s no wonder Minneapolis is among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities!

Although it's known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis has a lot more to offer than gorgeous lakes, wetlands, and waterfalls. Shopaholics can spend days getting lost in the Mall of America, which boasts over 500 stores and an indoor theme park. If you're visiting Minneapolis on a romantic vacation, Minneapolis' bustling theater district offers excellent date nights from dozens of theater companies. Or, for a less musical and more brews-ical date option, head to one of 62 top-rated breweries in the #2 best city in America for craft beer.

Minneapolis can be visited in any season, but keep in mind that it becomes a frigid, snowy destination in the winter. January hovers around 0° Fahrenheit, but it's worth bundling up to enjoy the St. Paul Winter Carnival, or hockey and ice skating on any of the 13 lakes in the city. Have we mentioned how great the lakes are?

If you're visiting both of the Twin Cities, you can take public transport from downtown Minneapolis to Saint Paul in about 30 minutes. Public transit also connects downtown to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Thanks to bus stations throughout Minneapolis, traveling by bus is the easiest way to arrive directly in the middle of the action and begin your adventure.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Minneapolis?

Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave - MSPGLI-0

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Main departure station: Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave

Located in Central Minneapolis at 950 Hawthorne Ave, the Minneapolis Bus Station is a gateway to nearby cities throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Greyhound and Jefferson Lines buses operate routes from this station to major cities such as Milwaukee or Chicago and beyond. From the Minneapolis Bus Station, it is a short 12-minute walk to Target Field Station where you can connect to light rail service throughout the city. Vending machines offer snacks or drinks within the station, or head one block south to Hennepin Ave for a variety of restaurant options for hungry travelers.

All bus stations in Minneapolis:

  • Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave

  • University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE)

  • Mall of America - 60 E Broadway

  • Tienda La Mexicana (MN)

Where does the bus arrive in Des Moines?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 1501 2nd St

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Des Moines.

All bus stations in Des Moines:

  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St

  • Diversity Insurance Inc

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