The cheapest times to fly from DSM to LCY are

  • January 1st to April 1st
  • April 16th to May 27th (except the weeks of April 30th and May 7th)
  • October 8th to December 9th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DSM to LCY is late May. Prices can be as high as $1540 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $674 for Tuesday flights around late May.


When to Fly to London

Flying from Des Moines, IA (DSM) to London (LCY) will usually cost between $762 to $1336 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May with an average ticket price of $695. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1353. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $658 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $905 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DSM to LCY flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DSM to LCY route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DSM to LCY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DSM to LCY flight is priced close to the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Des Moines. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to LCY, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into DSM. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to London, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Des Moines. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $105 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $934. Return trip prices are from the LCY to DSM flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DSM to LCY can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 32 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from DSM to LCY while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: London Gatwick Airport (LGW) in London

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from LCY
  • Usually 3.98% less expensive than LCY
  • 2-layover flights available

See DSM to LGW flights

Destination alternative #2: London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London

  • 22 miles (35 km) away from LCY
  • Usually 1.38% less expensive than LCY
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to LHR flights


Flight Hacking DSM to LCY

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from DSM to LCY — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (DSM > LGA > LCY)

  • Price for both tickets: $650
  • Average savings: $255 (28.18%)

See DSM to LGA flights

Hack #2: Chicago, IL (DSM > ORD > LCY)

  • Price for both tickets: $726
  • Average savings: $180 (19.83%)

See DSM to ORD flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (DSM > JFK > LCY)

  • Price for both tickets: $729
  • Average savings: $177 (19.5%)

See DSM to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DSM to LCY? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 17 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, American, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from London City Airport to Des Moines International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4196 miles or 6753 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DSM to LCY?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DSM to LCY flight is about 8 hour 32 minutes.

How many flights go between Des Moines, IA and London?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 62 available flights from DSM to LCY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DSM
Origination airport name Des Moines International Airport
City Des Moines, IA
Country the United States
Latitude 41.5
Longitude -93.7

Return Airport

Destination code LCY
Destination airport name London City Airport
City London
Country the United Kingdom
Latitude 51.5
Longitude 0.1


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