Getting to Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa is located close to the center of the United States, and that makes it fairly easy to access via several modes of transportation. Whether you prefer to travel by car, bus, train or airplane, traveling to Des Moines is not difficult.

Automobile

If traveling by car is your preferred mode of transportation, you can get to the Des Moines area via either I-80 or I-35. Both pass through the Des Moines metropolitan area, and I-235 passes directly through Des Moines. If the interstates are not for you, state roads 65 and 69 also pass through the city.

Bus

If you would rather let someone else do the driving, you can take the bus to travel to Des Moines. Greyhound Bus Lines and Jefferson Lines provide bus service to various major cities, and Megabus offers service to and from Chicago. The Greyhound Station which serves as the station for both Greyhound and Jefferson Lines is located at 1107 Keosauqua Way.

Train

If you are traveling to Des Moines from various cities between Illinois and the West coast, you may want to consider taking the train. Amtrak does not offer service directly to Des Moines, but there is an Amtrak station in Osceola which is approximately 40 miles south of Des Moines. The California Zephyr serves the area, offering service from Chicago to San Francisco with stops in major cities that include Omaha, Denver, Provo, Salt Lake City, Reno and Sacramento.

Airplane

Comfort and convenience to Denver International Airport

If you are traveling to Iowa from another country or from a destination that is in another part of the United States, air travel is a good option. The Des Moines International Airport is located at 5800 Fleur Drive, and offers flights on the following airlines:

  • AirTran
  • Allegiant Air
  • Continental
  • Delta
  • Frontier Airlines
  • United
  • US Airways

Scheduled passenger service is available to the following destinations:

  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Orlando-Sanford
  • St. Petersburg/Clearwater
  • Chicago-O'Hare
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Newark
  • Atlanta
  • Memphis
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Detroit
  • Washington-National
  • Detroit
  • Memphis
  • Denver
  • Orlando
  • Tampa
  • Houston-Intercontinental
  • Phoenix

Some of these flights are only offered during certain seasons, so check with the airlines for the complete schedule.

Public transportation

If you live in one of the suburbs surrounding Des Moines, you can take advantage of the DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transit) system. Express and commuter buses offer various routes that include many parts of the city and outlying suburban areas. For information about routes and fares, check out Ridedart.com.