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Des Moines, IA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 124
Total Sleeping Rooms 13,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 13,000
Committable Meeting Rooms* 37
Convention Center Space 286,300 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 150,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 28,800 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $107
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $167
*Maximum for a single hotel

Des Moines, IA Airport Information

Des Moines International Airport (DSM)

Located approximately six miles south of downtown Des Moines, the Des Moines International Airport is Iowa's largest airport, providing non-stop service to 19 destinations including Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC. Des Moines International handles more than 2.5 million passengers per year. American Airlines, United, and Delta carry the most passengers in and out of the airport.

Passengers traveling to and from Des Moines International will find the airport loaded with amenities including a business center, meeting rooms, currency exchange, and short-term, long-term, and economy parking. Plus, they can also enjoy the ease of taxis, Uber, and Lyft services as well as complimentary hotel shuttles.

Airline carriers serving Des Moines International Airport

  • Delta
  • United
  • Allegiant
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • American

Des Moines, IA Public Transportation

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART)

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) operates a convenient and efficient public bus line that covers the Greater Des Moines area seven days a week. On average, DART provides 16,000 rides every weekday making stops at shopping malls, business districts, residential areas and schools. Regular route fare is $0.75 for children ages 6-10 and $1.75 for adults. Express route fare is $0.75 for children and $2.00 for adults.


DART Paratransit provides demand response transportation service to senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Some services are provided free of charge under contract to many agencies. Other services require the passengers to pay a fare and are subsidized by DART member cities.


DART has a free shuttle service that connects the Capitol Complex with the Western Gateway in downtown Des Moines. The shuttle, known as "D-Line", operates Monday through Friday about every 10 minutes from 6:30 AM to 6 PM, Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 28, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. after October 28.

Rental Cars

Several familiar rental car companies, including Alamo, Avis, Enterprise Rent a Car, Hertz, National and Thrifty, operate out of the baggage claim area at Des Moines International Airport. Additional rental car companies are located throughout Greater Des Moines.

Taxis, Uber & Lyft

Greater Des Moines offers Taxis, Uber and Lyft at the airport and around the metro. Both Capitol and Yellow Cab companies provide 24-hour service from the airport and accept cash as well as major credit cards. The average fare from Des Moines International to the Iowa Events Center is approximately $20. When using the Uber app, enter code DSMUBER to receive $20 off your first ride.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Cedar Rapids, IA 128 mi 1 hr 56 min 3 hr 15 min USD $709+
Omaha, NE 135 mi N/A N/A N/A
Lincoln, NE 190 mi 3 hr 4 hr 28 min USD $611+
Kansas City, MO 193 mi 2 hr 58 min 3 hr 50 min USD $543+
Minneapolis, MN 244 mi 3 hr 40 min 1 hr 07 min USD $438+
Chicago, IL 334 mi N/A N/A N/A
St. Louis, MO 348 mi 5 hr 30 min 1 hr USD $221+
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