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Kansas City-Jefferson City Train Schedule
There are 2 daily trains from Kansas City to Jefferson City. Traveling by train from Kansas City to Jefferson City usually takes around 3 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Missouri River Runner train can make the trip in 3 hours and 7 minutes.
|Distance||134 mi (216 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 7m|
|Trains per day||2|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak Missouri River Runner|
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Which train should you take from Kansas City to Jefferson City?
Amtrak Missouri River Runner is the one and only train line which connects Kansas City, Missouri to Jefferson City, Missouri. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Missouri River Runner||2||3h 9m||$37.00|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Kansas City to Jefferson City during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the train journey from Kansas City to Jefferson City?
The distance between Kansas City and Jefferson City is approximately 134 miles, or 216 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 7 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 Jefferson City are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Friday 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 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 Jefferson City?
Trains leave the station in Kansas City twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Jefferson City with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Jefferson City to Kansas City. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Kansas City to Jefferson City for $49.09.
Straddling two states, Kansas City is a vibrant modern city with plenty of activities for visitors. Those wishing to learn more about the city’s culture and history should not miss out on the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts, which offers artworks for both children and adults alike. If you seek something a bit quirkier and more interesting, the Arabia Steamboat Museum will certainly satisfy your curiosity. While you are in town, don’t forget to pay the Boulevard Brewing Company a visit. It is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest and the source of pride from many local residents.
Kansas City’s signature barbecue is another source of pride, and you should take every occasion to try it out. Some noticeable venues with well-received barbecue dishes include Danny Edwards Boulevard BBQ and Arthur Bryant's Barbeque. If that’s not really your thing, The Farmhouse and Providence New American Kitchen are also worth checking out.
Kansas City’s principal bus station is located on Troost Ave, and it offers bus trips to Chicago, Wichita and Denver, among many other places. Kansas City Union Station provides Amtrak intercity train services, and the trains Missouri River Runner and Southwest Chief pass through the station on their way. Kansas City International Airport is located 15 miles northwest of Downtown.
Where is the train station in Kansas City?
There is one train station in Kansas City.
Where is the train station in Jefferson City?
Jefferson City has one train station.
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