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Car Hire from Des Moines Airport

Car Hire at Des Moines Airport

This information is correct as of November 2015

The Mid-West was designed with driving in mind, so car hire at Des Moines Airport is essential. Whether you're planning on exploring the city or seeing a bit more of Idaho, you can find the best deals with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Des Moines Airport

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty all offer car hire from Des Moines Airport. Their desks are all inside the terminal beside the baggage claim area.

Petrol stations near Des Moines Airport

If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.

The Phillips 66 garage just off Fleur Drive is the closest to the airport, and can be found just outside the entrance.

Driving around Des Moines Airport

Des Moines Airport is well connected to America's road system. The I-35 interstate (Texas to Minnesota) is about 10 minutes drive from the airport and the I-80 interstate (California to New Jersey) is 20 minutes away. These roads can be busy and traffic moves fast, so make sure you're comfortable with the controls of your hire car before leaving the airport. The majority of cars in America are automatic. With Skyscanner you can filter the search results to only show cars with manual transmissions, if you're not comfortable with driving an automatic. Remember traffic in America drives on the right-hand side of the road.

Getting to your destination

Des Moines

The capital of Iowa is a laid back city, famous for its fantastic state fair. There are some interesting museums to visit (such as the Des Moines Art Center) and a beautiful Capitol Building which is topped with a gold-leaf dome.

It takes about 15 minutes to drive to downtown Des Moines in light traffic. There are a lot of one-way streets in the city centre. Most locals use their cars to get around, but the roads are in good condition and traffic jams are rare. The roads can get snowy and icy during the winter. There are over 30 thousand parking spaces in downtown Des Moines, and about four thousand of those are metered. Parking is free at the weekend and after 6pm during the week.


Home to Iowa State University, Ames is a pleasant and leafy city. Explore the red-brick downtown neighbourhood, support the local ISU Cyclones football and basketball teams, or get gussied up and enjoy the trendy nightlife.

It takes about 50 minutes to drive to Ames from Des Moines Airport. Note that it's illegal to keep your car parked in the same space, either on-street or in a municipal car park, for more than 48 hours.


Small town Iowa at its finest, Winterset is famous for its antique shopping and its quaint market square.

It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Winterset from Des Moines Airport. Car parking is widely available and is usually free.

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