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The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak may impact travel to Des Moines. Current restrictions to Des Moines are based on United States travel restrictions.
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Des Moines

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM Nashville TO Des Moines

Nashville (BNA) to Des Moines (DSM)

Typically, flights to Des Moines from Nashville are cheaper when flying from Nashville Intl to Des Moines, which has an average price of $235

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO DES MOINES FROM NASHVILLEApril71% cheaperFlying from Nashville to Des Moines costs on average just $68 in April
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO DES MOINES FROM NASHVILLEOctober90% more expensiveIt costs about $446 for flights to Des Moines from Nashville in October
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO DES MOINES FROM NASHVILLEJune549% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Des Moines from Nashville in June than any other month

When is the best time to fly to Des Moines?

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The capital of Iowa, Des Moines is a city with a rich history and a bright future. Summer is the busiest time of year for tourism, with activities such as the Iowa State Fair attracting visitors from all over. Temperatures are very comfortable, with highs averaging 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, hotel and flight prices will be at their highest, so if you want to save some money, try visiting in fall. Tourism is slowest in fall, although the weather in September can still be very warm. Temperature highs range from 45 – 83 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is a chance of rain, so be prepared with proper clothing. Once winter hits, it can get cold in Des Moines, with highs from 32 – 39 degrees Fahrenheit, and the chance of snow. If cold weather doesn’t bother you, there are plenty of activities like skating and tubing that are fun for all ages. When spring rolls around, tourism starts picking up again, especially in later months as it gets warmer. With highs ranging from 38 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit, be prepared for changing weather by packing layers and rain gear!

What is the absolute cheapest flight to Des Moines?

Users booking trips to Des Moines from Las Vegas found flights 63% cheaper than the average price of flights to Des Moines. To find the cheapest price to Des Moines from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Des Moines?

If you’re not able to fly to Des Moines in April, then July is your next best option. Flight prices from United States to Des Moines during July average around $217.

How far in advance should I book a flight to Des Moines?

Most flyers found that booking tickets 25 days in advance of their planned departure date is the best time to get cheap flights to Des Moines. During this timeframe, flight prices are around $309. However, flight prices might be lower outside of this timeframe. For example, people recently found flights to Des Moines from United States for as low as $157 on momondo.

What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Des Moines?

The cheapest day to depart from United States to Des Moines is on a Thursday. Travelers who choose to depart for Des Moines on a Thursday will often find tickets for as low as $313. Flights from United States to Des Moines on a Sunday will generally be more expensive and average around $380. Keep in mind that these prices on both days could fluctuate depending on the season and the demand.

What is the cheapest time of day to depart on your flight to Des Moines?

According to our data, the cheapest time of day to fly to Des Moines is at noon. momondo users have found flights departing from United States to Des Moines at noon for as low as $248. Keep in mind that these prices may fluctuate based on what airline you choose and the time of year you plan to travel. Try not to purchase tickets in the morning because they tend to be around $369. Of course, these prices can vary depending on the time of year and what airport you fly to.

Is there a good place to hike near Des Moines?

If you’re looking to do your hiking in warmer conditions, consider planning your flight to Des Moines for September and October. Parks like Iowa State Fairgrounds are popular hot spots in those months.

Is there an alternative airport near Des Moines?

Finding an alternative and possibly cheaper destination airport near Des Moines is possible. If you are planning a flight to Des Moines, consider booking flights to Fort Dodge Airport (73 mi from Des Moines city center) or Waterloo Airport (92 mi from Des Moines city center).

Is there a cheaper alternative to flying into Des Moines?

The cheapest airport near Des Moines is typically Fort Dodge Airport with an average price of $260/person. These prices vary based on where travelers are coming from. It is suggested that travelers looking to save money try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.


What are the current travel restrictions for Des Moines?

Currently, United States travel restrictions include travel to Des Moines.

Entry restrictions

The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have passed through or have been in China, Iran, Most European Countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City), the UK, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa in the past 14 days. With the exception of certain travelers which includes certain family members of US citizens or permanent residents including; spouses, children (under the age of 21), parents (provided that his/her US citizen or permanent resident child is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the US citizen or permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21); There is also an exception for travelers with the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-1, C-1/D, C-2, C-3, CR-1, CR-2, D, E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, IR-1, IR-4, IH-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa; Members of the US Armed Forces, spouses, and children of members of the US Armed Forces; Travelers with invitation of the USA government for a purpose related to the containment/mitigation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19); Travelers with documents issued by the US Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, or US Department of State indicating that the traveler is exempt from the restriction; B1 crew crewmembers that are engaged in lightering, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew and other similar crewmember activities; Students with an F-1 or M-1 visa and their F-2 and M-2 dependents, if they arrive from or have been in Ireland, the UK or Schengen Area in the past 14 days.

Entry requirements

All travelers, 2 years of age or older (including US citizens and transit passenger) must present a negative COVID-19 viral or antigen test result issued 72 hours prior to departure or have a proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days prior to boarding the plane. Travelers must complete a disclosure and attestation form before departure. Exemptions or waiver to the testing requirements may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s life, health against a serious danger, or physical safety and testing cannot be completed before travel. US citizens and permanent residents arriving from the UK must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result issued within 72 hours prior to departure. Travelers arriving in New York State must complete the Traveler Health Form. Travelers arriving in Massachusetts must complete the Massachusetts Health Form.

Quarantine requirements

Travelers are advised to get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Even if they test negative, they must still stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If the test is positive, isolate to protect others from getting infected.​​ Travelers who did not get tested, are advised to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.​

All other info

Travelers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. For more information go to CDC website.

If you are planning to travel to Des Moines at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.

Des Moines flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United States to Des Moines found recently by users on momondo
American Airlines
Sep 11
PHX1:35 pmPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
2h 43m
DSM4:18 pmDes Moines
Sep 14
DSM2:10 amDes Moines
3h 05m
PHX5:15 amPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
American Airlines
Sep 8
PHX1:35 pmPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
2h 43m
DSM4:18 pmDes Moines
Sep 14
DSM2:10 amDes Moines
3h 05m
PHX5:15 amPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
American Airlines
Aug 25
PHX4:40 amPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
2h 52m
DSM7:32 amDes Moines
Aug 31
DSM9:54 amDes Moines
5h 38m
1 stop
PHX3:32 pmPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
American Airlines
Aug 25
PHX4:40 amPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
2h 52m
DSM7:32 amDes Moines
Sep 1
DSM9:54 amDes Moines
6h 08m
1 stop
PHX4:02 pmPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
American Airlines
Jul 31
DFW5:10 amDallas/Fort Worth
2h 02m
DSM7:12 amDes Moines
Jul 31
DSM10:35 amDes Moines
7h 04m
1 stop
DFW5:39 pmDallas/Fort Worth
American Airlines
Sep 7
PHX8:55 pmPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
8h 15m
1 stop
DSM5:10 amDes Moines
Sep 14
DSM2:10 amDes Moines
3h 05m
PHX5:15 amPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Des Moines

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American Airlines
Aug 17
PHX2:09 pmPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
2h 41m
DSM4:50 pmDes Moines
Frontier
Jun 29
PHX2:00 amPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
6h 10m
1 stop
DSM8:10 amDes Moines
Frontier
Jun 22
PHX2:00 amPhoenix Sky Harbor Intl
6h 10m
1 stop
DSM8:10 amDes Moines

Which airlines fly to Des Moines?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Des Moines

You can fly direct to Des Moines with American Airlines, Delta, United, Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines from major U.S. cities. Alaska Airlines also offers flights with one or more stops.


How to get from the airport to Des Moines city center?

Below you will find all the airports in Des Moines along with the distance from the city center

Des Moines International Airport (DSM)

DSM is a public airport that is located just 3 miles southwest of Des Moines. Despite the airport being close to the city, it offers many different ways to get you downtown.

Taxis

Once you are past baggage claim and outside the terminal, you can hail a taxi to take you into the city. A ride into downtown will cost around $12.00 USD and takes 15 minutes. Uber is also available to order, and will cost around $11.00 USD.

Buses

Look for DART bus 8; it stops at Airport South Park, just outside the terminal. Hop on and ride to DART Central Station. It will cost $1.75 USD and take you about 20 minutes. These buses only run from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, so if you are arriving outside these times, you will have to look for another option.

Shuttles and limousines

The airport has many different offers for shuttles and limousines to take you into the city. For more information, visit the airport website.

Car rentals

If you wish to rent a car, remember to look for the best deals on car rentals with momondo.


Popular routes to Des Moines

Most frequently searched flights to Des Moines along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Nashville to Des Moines Flights
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Dallas to Des Moines Flights
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Phoenix to Des Moines Flights
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Atlanta to Des Moines Flights
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Salt Lake City to Des Moines Flights
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Seattle to Des Moines Flights
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$250
San Francisco to Des Moines Flights
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Sacramento to Des Moines Flights
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New York to Des Moines Flights
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$274
Boston to Des Moines Flights
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$287
Washington to Des Moines Flights
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$301
Philadelphia to Des Moines Flights
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$335
Raleigh to Des Moines Flights
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4h 13m
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$335
Providence to Des Moines Flights
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4h 24m
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How to get around in Des Moines?

Des Moines is a city that is very walkable and even encourages people to get outside and explore on foot with a myriad of trails and painted pathways. However, for those who don’t want to be on their feet all day, there are a few options to get you where you want to go.

Buses

DART buses run all over Des Moines and cost just $1.75 USD per ride. If you’re going to be in town for a while, consider purchasing a 1-week pass for $16.00 USD. DART also offers free rides on its D-line Downtown Shuttle which takes you to a limited number of places in the downtown core.

Taxis

Taxis are a great way to get around town, especially later at night when there are fewer buses. Rates start with a $2.00 USD meter drop plus $2.00 USD per mile after that. UberX is also available for a much cheaper rate, at a $0.90 USD meter drop plus $0.65 USD per mile.

Car rentals

For those who wish to rent a car in Des Moines, there are plenty of options both at the airport and downtown. Navigating the city is easy as it is built in a grid system and there are always plenty of parking spots. It’s a good idea to purchase a Smartcard, available at parking garages downtown, which allows you to load money and spend the exact amount for the time you were parked. Whatever money is leftover will stay on the card for the next time you park.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to Des Moines?

No visa is required for domestic travelers within the U.S. For foreign nationals, please check the U.S. Department of State website.


Additional info and tips about visiting Des Moines

Things to do and places of interest in Des Moines

Des Moines is a city that attracts visitors for its historical and cultural relevance but will have them coming back for its many modern museums and parks. Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you busy, when you travel to Des Moines.

  • One of the most remarkable buildings in Des Moines is the gold-domed Iowa State Building. Despite being an active government building, it offers free tours weekly so that you may discover a beautiful piece of history.
  • Take a trip to the Downtown Farmers’ Market, which is open from May to October, for the best in local crafts and foods.
  • Visit the Iowa State Fair, one of the largest fairs in the US, for a dose of local culture. With over 450 acres of festival to enjoy, there is something for everyone!
  • The Science Center of Iowa is a place for all ages, with a planetarium, an IMAX theatre, and dozens of hands-on exhibits. They even offer adult-oriented programs for those who are looking for an educational afternoon.
  • Stop by John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, a park in the heart of Des Moines that features over 20 pieces of sculpted art.
  • Visit the Salisbury House and Gardens, a 1920s-dated estate that boasts 42 rooms and an enormous botanical garden. These days, the mansion offers tours through its impressive art museum, concert hall, and vast library.

Tips and tricks for visiting Des Moines

Discover Des Moines by bicycle; with lots of trails and bike lanes, it is an affordable and fast way to explore the city.

For those looking for the best food Des Moines can offer, try visiting a restaurant in East Village, the trendiest part of town.


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