How to Get to Ames, IA


The closest major airport to Ames is the Des Moines International Airport (map), located approximately 35 miles from center city. It is serviced directly by the following airlines to their respective locations:

AirTran - Milwaukee
Allegiant Air - Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg-Clearwater
American Airlines - Chicago - O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Continental Airlines - Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Delta, Frontier Airlines - Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati (Seasonally), Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington-International
United - Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental
U.S. Airways - Phoenix

For more information call (515) 256-5100. 


Catch a bus into Ames! Choose from one of the following companies servicing the area:

Burlington Trailways
906 Broadway
West Burlington, IA 52655
Telephone: 319-753-2864

Burlington Trailways offer Tours and Travel for throughout the Midwest and so much more.

Iowa State University of Science
2229 Memorial Way
Ames, IA 50010

Greyhound makes pick-ups and drop-offs directly from and to the Iowa State campus.

4400 S. Racine Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60609 
Telephone: 1-877-462-6342

Megabus offers trips for as low as $1 and services the Midwest, and stops in Des Moines, 45 minutes from Ames. 


Ames is located just west of the junction of two highways: I-35 and US 30. Coming in from the North or South? Take I-35 directly into Ames. It's a four hour drive South from Minneapolis or North from Kansas City. If you're traveling from the East or West, Interstate 80 will get you to your destination easily and quickly. Ames is a four-hour drive from Lincoln, Nebraska and a 12-hour drive from Denver. It's a 5.5-hour drive due west of Chicago.