It's easy to get where you're going in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Located at the crossroads of Interstates 35 and 80, Des Moines is one of the few metro areas that sits at the intersection of major interstates running from coast to coast and border to border. We enjoy one of the shortest commute times in the nation, where you can get anywhere in the metro area in about 20 minutes or less. Breeze through a rush hour that lasts minutes instead of hours. Enjoy easy access to public transportation options.
The region is concentrating efforts to make Des Moines a more walkable community, and Downtown can all be accessed by foot. Avoid the winter elements, use the four miles of climate-controlled skywalks that connect Downtown buildings, businesses and restaurants. Trails wind through the heart of Downtown, meandering throughout the region, perfect for biking with B-cycle — a public bicycle sharing program. Maps from the Des Moines Bicycle Collective will show you the way!
Des Moines is close to these major cities:
- Omaha — 135 miles
- Kansas City — 194 miles
- Minneapolis/St. Paul — 244 miles
- Chicago — 334 miles
- Milwaukee — 375 miles
- St. Louis — 432 miles
Navigate the Downtown Des Moines Skywalk with the SkywalkDSM app!
The region has multiple options for air travel, including the Des Moines International Airport, where you will find schedule-friendly nonstop flights to your favorite destinations and competitive prices. The average travel time from the airport to Downtown Des Moines is just eight minutes, with taxis and Uber and Lyft ride-sharing drivers waiting at the rest when you land. The airport services seven airlines, including commuter airlines, and services 18 nonstop flights. Other airports include:
The Des Moines Regional Transit Authority (DART) provides bus services throughout the metro area. Des Moines also has a free Downtown shuttle service that runs from one side of the city to the other six days a week. Learn more about routes, fare and schedule information at RideDART.com.
Des Moines is served by Amtrak, Greyhound, Jefferson Bus Lines, Burlington Trailways and Megabus for travel within the state or throughout the country. Multiple bus options provide affordable transportation options for travelers looking to get around Des Moines or to surrounding communities.