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Airports in Des Moines

Des Moines International Airport (DSM)


A relatively small facility, Des Moines International Airport is located three miles (5km) from central Des Moines and is a convenient gateway to Iowa and the Midwest. Processing fewer than three million passengers each year, the airport is basic but very well-run, with a friendly Midwestern attitude and a refreshing lack of long queues.

Though amenities are not flashy and luxury brands are noticeably absent, there are a good selection of basic shops and restaurants. Flights to Des Moines International Airport are available from cities across the US, including busy routes to Chicago, Denver, and Minneapolis.


The airport is located five miles (8km) from downtown Des Moines.

Getting to the city

The Des Moines Area Transit Authority (DART) Route 8 offers service to and from the airport to downtown Des Moines. A one-way fare is $1.75. The Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA) provides door-to-door service to all counties within the Greater Des Moines Metro Area, while intercity connections can be made via the Greyhound, Jefferson, or Trailways bus lines. Car rental and taxi options are available.


GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).


Tel: +1 515 256 5050

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Des Moines International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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