Buses and Paratransit

DSM bus transportation includes metro transit, and the DSM bus provides transportation throughout Polk Country.

DSM Bus service is available to and from the airport Monday through Friday from the Des Moines Area Transit Authority (DART).

Des Moines international airport provides Paratransit service, which is for senior citizens and persons with disabilities, who are enabled to use the bus service independently.

Requests for service can be made by calling at 515-283-8136.


One of the most appropriate ways to get to the city from Des Moines international airport is by taxi.

Des Moines international airport is served by taxi companies, including Capital cab company and Yellow cab company.

Regional shuttles

From DSM international airport, the most popular destination is Ames because of many prominent national companies, and Lowa State University. A new shuttle service Executive Express provides a shuttle service to and from Ames. Executive Express is located near the car rentals at the north end of the baggage claim area. You can call to arrange transportation in advance at (888)494-6378.

Car rental

All car rental companies at Des Moines international airport are located inside the terminal, in the baggage claim area.

Car rental companies and local numbers

Alamo car rental- (515) 256-5353

Avis rental car- (515) 256-5623

Budget rent-A-car- (515) 287-2612

Dollar rent-A-car- (515) 256-5862

Hertz car rental- (515) 285-9650

Thrifty car rental-(515) 256-5850

Enterprise Rent-A car-(515) 256-5665.