Des Moines Transportation

The Skywalk 

Des Moines, the capital of Iowa, is a large city that hosts many things to see and do. Whether you are moving to the city or just visiting, you can find everything you need from shopping and dining to sports, music, attractions and more. To get you to these places, there is an extensive transportation system throughout the city that includes buses, taxis, bike rentals and skywalks. There are more than enough options to get you from place to place.


Des Moines is home to one of the most elaborate skywalk systems in the country. The Skywalk stretches across over three miles of the city, joining buildings, restaurants, shops, banks, parking lots and entertainment venues. It hovers over the second story level and is climate controlled allowing you to access it any time of the year, rain or shine. You can use the Skywalk to access more than 150 different retail stores. It is also available from most buildings in the downtown area. Check out an official map of the downtown Skywalk and parking garages for more details.

Des Moines bus system

Des Moines has many bus systems that run through the city including a free downtown bus that operates on a circulatory system, a free shuttle service and a Paratransit service for disabled people. DART is the official DOT bus system in the area, and it offers over 90 buses that run through the Des Moines area on a daily basis. The station is located at 1100 DART Way, Des Moines, IA, 50309-4530. Most fares are under $2 on regular routes and children five and under ride free. You can learn about the bus routes and hours by visiting or calling (515) 283-8100.

Limo and taxi rentals

There are many services that provide limo rentals in Des Moines. You could also catch a cab from nearly anywhere within the city. These are two of the listed cab and limo services:

Yellow Cab
1710 Guthrie Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
(515) 243-1111

Smithson Limousine
2904 SE 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50320
(515) 285-6346

B-cycle rentals

Des Moines has a unique bike rental service called the B-cycle rental. You can rent bikes to use around the downtown area. The bike rental stations are set up at several locations in the city. You can get a four hour pass for $5 at the station or pay for a monthly or yearly membership online.

The stations are open 5:00 am till 11:00 pm everyday except in the winter. Call (515) 210-0237 for more information.