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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

Lowest Price$189.63
Fastest Train35h 18m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Kansas City to Los Angeles right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

What is the price of a train ticket from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

In the last month, $200.25 was the average price of a train ticket from Kansas City, MO to Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

The distance between Kansas City and Los Angeles is approximately 1354 miles, or 2180 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 36 hours and 19 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 35 hours and 18 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Kansas City to Los Angeles are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Kansas City at 10:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Kansas City to Los Angeles. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to Kansas City. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Kansas City to Los Angeles for $156.24.

Which train should you take from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

2 train services operate from Kansas City, Missouri to Los Angeles, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 13h 5m$230.66
Amtrak Southwest Chief11d 11h 19m$210.17

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

There is one train station in Kansas City:

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

There are more train stations and stops in Los Angeles than most cities. Most trains from Kansas City will stop at one (or more) of the 3 following stations in Los Angeles:

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
  • Union Station

Price trends for trains from Kansas City to Los Angeles

Average prices by travel date

$220$147$73SepSep

Monthly average prices

$267$214$160$107$53JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$367$294$220$147$733020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Kansas City, MO to Los Angeles, CA
4.0
Based on 1 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.0
Staff
5.0
Value
3.0
Condition
3.0
Elizabeth
4.0
December 30, 2019Solo travel
Pros
The staff was very helpful and friendly. The staff was very helpful and friendly.
Cons
The bathrooms were disgusting and could use a deep clean. The bathrooms were disgusting and could use a deep clean.

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