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Kansas City - St Louis Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Kansas City to St Louis. Traveling by train from Kansas City to St Louis usually takes around 5 hours and 40 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance238 mi (383 km)
Fastest train5h 40m
Lowest price$45.48
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Missouri River Runner
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Kansas City, MO to St Louis, MO

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Danielle

September 7, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: We were on time, and the whole process from booking to arrival was all very smooth. The option of food aboard the train was also nice. Cons: A touch more cleaning, particularly of the windows and corners would be appreciated. However, the space was kept moderatel...

Pros: We were on time, and the whole process from booking to arrival was all very smooth. The option of food aboard the train was also nice. Cons: A touch more cleaning, particularly of the windows and corners would be appreciated. However, the space was kept moderately clean. Tips: WiFi is slow and a bit unreliable, so don't count on doing a large volume of work while riding!

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4.0

Erik

May 17, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: We took off & arrived on time. Cons: Food prices too high.

Pros: We took off & arrived on time. Cons: Food prices too high.

5.0

Camilla

August 24, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: Easy travel. I had a knee replacement 5 weeks ago and train travel allowed me to get up and walk. Cons: Delayed arrival time due to track changes. I’m used to EuroRail and the tracks are dedicated to express travel. Tips: No ISB ports yet, bring electrical adapte...

Pros: Easy travel. I had a knee replacement 5 weeks ago and train travel allowed me to get up and walk. Cons: Delayed arrival time due to track changes. I’m used to EuroRail and the tracks are dedicated to express travel. Tips: No ISB ports yet, bring electrical adapter for electronics. With social distancing you get a whole seat to yourself. Bring a pillow to rest on both seats.

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5.0

Karen

November 18, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: Very relaxing. Cons: Nothing it qas great. Tips: They have snacks, but I bought my own.

Pros: Very relaxing. Cons: Nothing it qas great. Tips: They have snacks, but I bought my own.

5.0

Lily

November 16, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: Nice. Cons: No.

Pros: Nice. Cons: No.

What is the price of a train ticket from Kansas City to St Louis?

In the last month, $45.84 was the average price of a train ticket from Kansas City, MO to St Louis, MO. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 17 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $1.07 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$76$51$25SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Kansas City to St Louis will vary between C$45 and C$75. Planning a train trip to St Louis within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Kansas City over the next 7 days is C$45. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$63$51$38$25$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Kansas City to St Louis by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$45 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Kansas City to St Louis in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$61 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$63$51$38$25$133020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 17 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to St Louis from Kansas City will be about C$1.07 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Kansas City to St Louis?

Amtrak Missouri River Runner is the one and only train line which connects Kansas City, Missouri to St Louis, Missouri. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Missouri River Runner25h 40m$46.50

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Kansas City to St Louis 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 St Louis?

The distance between Kansas City and St Louis is approximately 238 miles, or 383 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 40 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 St Louis 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 Saturday 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 St Louis?

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 St Louis 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 St Louis to Kansas City. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Kansas City to St Louis for $44.21.

City Information

Kansas City

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.

St Louis

St. Louis is one of several major cities in the state of Missouri and it is uniquely located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The city is usually recognized by its most distinctive feature, the Gateway Arch, thanks to which it is the only city in the United States that has a national park in the heart of its downtown district. The Arch is a must-see attraction and you can even take a tram to the top for some incredible views of the St. Louis skyline.

Some of the other truly unique attractions you can visit while you’re in town include the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis where you can check out an incredible collection of dolls, dollhouses and vignettes, and the City Museum where you can ride down a 10-story spiral slide (yup, you read that right.) For a great outdoor experience, stop by the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take a stroll through Citygarden where you will find various quirky statues and installations worthy of being featured in your Instagram feed.

Ale enthusiasts would be excited to know that St. Louis is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S. as well as one of the cheapest drinking cities. That means your party budget could take you a long way. Unsurprisingly, the city is also among the best spring break destinations on a budget.

The main bus and train station in St. Louis, Gateway Station, is located right in the center of downtown, not far from the Gateway Arch, which makes coming in and out of the city a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

Departure stations

Union Station in Kansas City is a grand, historic station dating back to 1914 with an imposing columned facade and intricately carved coffered ceilings. The station is truly a destination in itself, where you can explore a series of museums, a planetarium, a 3D theater, and upscale dining options. Train service still runs through Union Station, though, and you can catch the Missouri River Runner to St. Louis or the Southwest Chief to Chicago or Los Angeles. Paid parking, restrooms, and a mothers’ nursing room can be found at the station. Just steps outside are some of the highlights of Kansas City, from Legoland Discovery Center to Penn Valley Park’s various memorials and museums.

Where is the train station in St Louis?

Arrival stations

St Louis has one train station.

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