Car Hire at Des Moines Airport
This information is correct as of September 2015
Whether you want to marvel at the magnificent Mississippi from Omaha, lose yourself in jazz in Kansas City or escape to the lakes near Des Moines, you can find the best car hire at Des Moines Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Des Moines Airport
There are eight car hire companies with desks at Des Moines Airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National Car and Thrifty. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Des Moines Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Phillips 66 garage located just 5 minutes drive from Des Moines Airport. Head west on Cowles Drive then turn right onto Fleur Drive. Make a u-turn at the Army Post Road and the petrol station will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Des Moines Airport
Des Moines is linked to the surrounding cities by two main interstates, the I-80 (running east to west) and the I-35 (north to south). From these it is possible to reach Chicago, Omaha, Kansas City and Minneapolis. The main thoroughfare, the I-235 runs through the downtown area and is free of tolls.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Des Moines Airport.
With a beautiful cobbled old town, Omaha is a vibrant city of live music, museums and friendly neighbourhood markets. Visitors can take in the vast views of the Mississippi on foot or by bike along the many footpaths and pedestrian bridges or through one of its lovely verdant green parks. Ambling is rewarded with some fabulous bars, restaurants and cafes that give life to this cool, casual Midwestern city.
It takes a little over 2 hours to reach Omaha from Des Moines Airport. Merge onto the IA-5N towards the I-35. Take the exit 72b for the I-80 and follow signs to Omaha.
Wide open spaces characterise Kansas City. Famous for its barbeques, this is a great place for carnivores! Another local favourite is jazz, with many a venue, indoor and outdoor, oozing the smooth sounds of this hip musical genre, particularly in the Jazz District. With more fountains than Rome, Kansas City gushes with spectacular water features of all shapes and sizes. Parks, museums, gastronomic restaurants, cool bars and live music give this city a young vibe while shopaholics, art and sports fans are also well catered for.
It takes just under 3 hours to drive to Kansas City from Des Moines Airport. Get on the IA-N from Army Post Road and take the exit for the I-35 S towards Kansas City and follow the signs for the centre.
Meaning 'of the monks' , Des Moines boasts some interesting historical museums and a science centre that kids will love to explore, complete with planetarium and Cosmic Video Jukebox. The zoo is another firm family favourite where adults and kids can feed the giraffes. The Botanical Centre is a beautiful tranquil space for visitors of all ages. Arts festivals, street food stalls, an excellent state funfair, DJ music festivals and huge foodie festival are definitely events to put in the calendar. Sports fans can catch a baseball game while outdoor adventurers can cycle, hike, swim, kayak, fish and gold in nearby Big Creek Lake State Park, Gray’s Lake and Saylorville Lake, all close to the city.
Des Moines is just 16 minutes by car from Des Moines Airport. Head west on Cowles Drive then get on to Fleur Drive. Continue on to Martin Luther King Jr Parkway and get on the I-235. Keep left and follow signs for the city centre.
Parking downtown at meters is free on the weekends. Otherwise, parking is charged from $0.50 to $1.00 per hour in the 4,000 metered spaces available across Des Moines city centre. Parking lots offer long term secure parking. Some hotels in Des Moines also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change