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St Louis - Kansas City Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 3 daily train trips between St Louis and Kansas City. The average train journey from St Louis to Kansas City takes 7 hours and 38 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance238 mi (383 km)
Fastest train5h 40m
Lowest price$47.95
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from St Louis to Kansas City

(Based on 25 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Sharon

December 25, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: It was scenic and comfortable ! I would live to do it again. Cons: I had a passenger behind me with a heavy chronic cough. I felt like germs were being spewed everywhere. Passengers that have cold symptoms should be required to wear a mask. Tips: Make sure you bring plenty to snack on , and something to entertain yourself with.

5.0

Hassan

October 29, 2023- Business

Amtrak

Pros: we moved on time, clean environment, and very comfy. Cons: nothing. Tips: Highly recommended.

4.0

leona

June 22, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak

pick business worth the upgrade

4.0

D'Larce

December 21, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: The train left at the advertised time and arrived on time. The staff was friendly and kind. Cons: Parts of the trip the heat seemed to go out, but I had a blanket and was able to cover up. As a senior citizen, comfortability is important to me. Tips: Enjoy riding Amtrak!

4.0

Muther

December 19, 2022- Business

Amtrak

Pros: The train and the scenery. Cons: Bathrooms cleanliness. Tips: More routes.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between St Louis and Kansas City cost $50.69, on average. This is a great bargain given the length of the route. Booking your trip at least 9 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $22.29 more.

Average prices by travel date

$144$96$48JulJul

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from St Louis to Kansas City will cost between $60 and $138. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly avg. prices

$103$82$62$41$21ASONDJFMAMJJ
Ticket prices for the train from St Louis to Kansas City often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in January when the average ticket price is only $79. If you're thinking of traveling from St Louis to Kansas City during October, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $92 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in October, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$137$110$82$55$273020100

Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from St Louis to Kansas City. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 9 days before departure, you can save around $22.29. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

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

2 train services operate from St Louis to Kansas City. 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
Amtrak28h 54m$126.27
Amtrak Missouri River Runner15h 40m$57.48
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from St Louis to Kansas City every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $48.

  • The Missouri River Runner is an Amtrak regional passenger train whose full route runs across Missouri, from Kansas City to St. Louis. Both Coach Class and Business Class passengers will enjoy the free WiFi on board, power outlets at each seat, and the option to purchase snacks in the cafe car. The train departs from Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St in St Louis and arrives at Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd in Kansas City, and tickets on this route start at $48.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between St Louis and Kansas City is approximately 238 miles, or 383 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 38 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 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.

Trains from St Louis to Kansas 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 Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs St Louis at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Kansas City. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Kansas City to St Louis.

City Information

St Louis

St. Louis, MO - STL-0

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St. Louis, MO - STL-1

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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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in St Louis?

Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St - STLAMT-0

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Main departure station: Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

Gateway Station opened in 2008 to consolidate St Louis’ transportation services into one central hub. The station’s award-winning design includes a pedestrian walkway with expansive colored glass windows overlooking the train tracks. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown St Louis, the station is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and hotels and is just a few blocks from Busch Stadium and the iconic Gateway Arch. Amenities inside the station include free Wifi, a food court, and a lounge for Amtrak’s First Class passengers. Gateway Station is a major stop for intercity bus service, several Amtrak train lines, and the city’s MetroLink which can connect you with the St Louis Lambert International Airport in just 30 minutes.

All train stations in St Louis:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd  - KCYAMT-0Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd  - KCYAMT-1

Main arrival station: Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

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.

Train stations in Kansas City:

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

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