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Buses from Missoula to Des Moines

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Missoula - Des Moines Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from Missoula to Des Moines. Traveling by bus from Missoula to Des Moines usually takes around 38 hours and 11 minutes, but the fastest Jefferson Lines bus can make the trip in 36 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance1069 mi (1721 km)
Shortest duration36h 10m
Cheapest price$189.00
Most frequent serviceJefferson Lines
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Price trends for buses from Missoula to Des Moines

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What bus companies travel from Missoula to Des Moines?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Missoula to Des Moines. Jefferson Lines 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
Jefferson Lines11d 14h 11m$211.85
  • 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 Missoula to Des Moines with ticket prices as low as $189.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Missoula 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 Missoula to Des Moines?

The bus takes an average of 38 hours and 11 minutes to cover the 1069 miles from Missoula to Des Moines. However, the fastest bus only takes 36 hours and 10 minutes. 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?

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Missoula?

There is usually only one bus per day from Missoula to Des Moines. It leaves the station in Missoula at 7:00pm 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 bus departures serve Des Moines each day?

There is usually only one bus per day from Missoula 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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Missoula?

Main departure station: Gray Wolf Peak Casino

Most buses depart from the main station in Missoula.

All bus stations in Missoula:

  • Gray Wolf Peak Casino

Where does the bus arrive in Des Moines?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 1501 2nd St

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

All bus stations in Des Moines:

  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St

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