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Madison to Des Moines bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$64.00
Shortest Duration11h 20m
Trips per day2
bus carriers2
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How to book cheap Madison to Des Moines bus tickets?

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets from Madison to Des Moines is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Madison to Des Moines were $99.75. By booking 21 days out, tickets are on average $76.00 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Madison to Des Moines?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Madison to Des Moines by bus is usually around 6:00 PM on Wednesday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Around 10:00 AM on Monday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

Jefferson Lines from Madison to Des Moines has the most daily schedules

On average there are 2 scheduled bus trips per day. Jefferson Lines has the most regularly scheduled departures from Madison to Des Moines, with an average of 2 trips per day and 26 monthly trips. 2 bus carriers serve the route from Madison to Des Moines. Of the 2 trips there all of the schedules require a connection as there are no direct trips. A connection will generally require disembarking from the bus and boarding another bus to complete your trip.

2 carriers offer Madison to Des Moines bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Madison to Des Moines from $101.00. Typically there is one Greyhound schedule per day from Madison to Des Moines and you can expect on average to pay $144.09 for a Greyhound ticket to Des Moines. In Madison, Greyhound departs to Des Moines from 4 Collins Ct, In Des Moines, Greyhound arrives at Bus Station - 1501 2nd St,

An average trip on Greyhound from Madison to Des Moines takes 11 hours and 52 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Des Moines in 11 hours and 20 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $173.90 for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Des Moines.

Restroom
WiFi
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
11h 52m
Avg. Price
$144.09

Jefferson Lines

Book Jefferson Lines from Madison to Des Moines from $64.00. There are 2 trips per day offered by Jefferson Lines from Madison to Des Moines and you can expect on average to pay $117.86 for a Jefferson Lines ticket to Des Moines. In Madison, Jefferson Lines departs to Des Moines from UW Memorial Union - 800 Langdon St, In Des Moines, Jefferson Lines arrives at Bus Station - 1501 2nd St,

An average trip on Jefferson Lines from Madison to Des Moines takes 12 hours and 29 minutes, while the fastest available Jefferson Lines trip will get you to Des Moines in 11 hours and 20 minutes,

On weekends, Jefferson Lines offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $126.03 for a weekend trip to Des Moines.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
12h 29m
Avg. Price
$117.86

Plan your next adventure:

Depending on the bus line you travel with, your options include 2 stations that have bus departures from Madison. Most bus trips to Des Moines will depart from UW Memorial Union - 800 Langdon St, 4 Collins Ct.
  • UW Memorial Union - 800 Langdon St
  • 4 Collins Ct
Bus trips arrive in Des Moines at 1 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. Bus Station - 1501 2nd St are the main bus stations in Des Moines for trips arriving from Madison.
  • Bus Station - 1501 2nd St