The cheapest busesfrom Des Moines to Chicago

Showing times and prices for 2023-11-29





The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Des Moines to Chicago will cost around $110 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $66.

Journey Summary

Journey Summary

Des Moines to Chicago bus information

timelapseAvg. bus duration9h 11m
attach_moneyBus ticket price$66
place Bus depart fromDes Moines
pin_drop Bus arrive inChicago
directions_transit Bus companiesJefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways

The fastest busesfrom Des Moines to Chicago

Showing times and prices for 2023-11-29


6h 10m


9h 11m

Trips per day




These direct buses cover the 10737km distance in an average of 9h 11m but if you time it right, some buses will get you there in just 6h 10m

Travel tips

Bus from Des Moines to Chicago

Travel by bus to Chicago easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Des Moines to Chicago.
  • How to get to Chicago from Des Moines?

  • On average you find 3 daily schedules to Chicago from Des Moines. Usually, there are 21 bus departures every week on this route. Burlington Trailways bus lines operate the largest daily fleet to Chicago. It is an average of 2 bus schedules per day and 60 trips every month. On peak seasons bus companies may increase the number of available vehicles.
  • How to get cheap bus tickets from Des Moines to Chicago?

  • There is a total of 2 bus companies operating this trip. Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways offer a total of 3 bus schedules from Des Moines to Chicago. Keep in mind that this 2 road operator(s) have different ticket prices and service offers shown on the bus timetable. Jefferson Lines tickets are available for $66. It is the lower trip price you can get on 2023-11-29. Compare all bus fare prices that vary according to comfort, ticket promotions, and availability. Take time and check customers 193 reviews for Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways bus services. Users reviews best describe the real bus trip experience. The company score relates to bus quality, punctuality, cleanliness, and staff behavior. Ratings and reviews are relevant information when searching and comparing bus prices. Bus booking in advance is the best way to find Chicago cheap tickets.
  • How far apart is Chicago from Des Moines?

  • The bus traveling length from Des Moines to Chicago is around 9h 11m. Burlington Trailways schedules advertise it has the fastest transportation from Des Moines. Selecting this company, you probably arrive in about 6h 10m in Chicago.
  • Where are Des Moines and Chicago bus stations?

  • For this trip to Chicago, you can get on board at Des Moines. Moreover, get off the bus at Chicago Bus Station.
  • BusBuster displayed travel information

  • BusBuster has all information for you discover the best and cheapest bus ticket. Explore all available tools and 193 user reviews to best choose between Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways. BusBuster does not sell tickets. If you want to purchase bus tickets online, this site will redirect you to the official Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways website. Reserve your bus seat to Chicago in advance and have a nice trip.
  • How much is bus ticket from Des Moines to Chicago?

  • Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways tickets to Chicago costs between $66 and USD 133.00 each seat As mentioned before, you will find on Jefferson Lines to Chicago low-cost tickets for only $66. This bus leaves at 04:30 from Des Moines bus station or stop at Des Moines. On the contrary, the bus leaving at 05:15 have the most expensive ticket to Chicago for about USD 133.00.
  • Which is the best way for bus booking?

  • There are many different secure forms of acquiring a ticket. The more comfortable, secure and faster way is to get your bus ticket online at Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways website. Alternatively, you can book by phone or directly at the counter. Jefferson Lines phone number: 800 451 5333Burlington Trailways phone number: 800 992 4618 Find out more on search and buy cheap bus tickets in North America.
  • When is the first and last bus to Chicago?

  • The first bus time to Chicago is at 04:30. The bus timetable may vary during weekdays. The last departure time from Des Moines is at 14:45.
  • How to get ticket refund on Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways?

  • Note that companies have different policies regarding fare types and changes. Find more information on bus company page.