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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Kansas City?

Lowest Price£44.73
Fastest Train7h 10m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Kansas City 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 Chicago to Kansas City?

In the last month, £50.18 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Kansas City, MO. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £15.83 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Kansas City?

The distance between Chicago and Kansas City is approximately 412 miles, or 664 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 10 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 Chicago to Kansas City 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 09:00 and arrives in Kansas City around 7 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Kansas City?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Kansas City with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Kansas City to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Kansas City for £40.80.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Kansas City?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to Kansas City, Missouri. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak112h 15m£52.99
Amtrak Southwest Chief17h 10m£55.59

Where is the train station in Chicago?

There is one train station in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

Kansas City has one train station:

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Kansas City, MO
Based on 6 ratings and reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Southwest Chief report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 40 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
30 November 2019Visiting family
Taking the train to Chicago from Kansas City is the very best way to get to the Windy City! The train leaves Union Station at 7:30 am and arrives around 2:30 pm in Chicago, leaving plenty of time for sightseeing and dinner. Seats are nice and wide with lots of legroom....More
Sometimes there is too much chatter from the conductors. For those trying to nap it can be annoying. Bathrooms could use a bit more care, especially when the train is crowded.
Download your favorite books and movies. Consider packing snacks to nibble along the way. Then sit back and enjoy the ride!
Mihalis G.
20 August 2019Visiting friends
The train was very well maintained. On train staff were very nice. Seats recliner far back and there was plenty of leg room. Important to note: this applies to trains used for the Southwest Chief ONLY. It is a long haul train designed for comfort in both Coach and Busin...More
Enough announcements already. Every 30 minutes or less an announcement promoting the dining car. The cost for food onboard is ridiculous. Bring snacks with you!
Bring snacks because food prices onboard are astronomical and truly gouge you.
6 August 2019Visiting friends
The train restrooms needed attention.
Junica Carla
25 July 2019Couples trip
The price was really great for a trip that was last minute and days before.
This is on Amtrak's part, but I would appreciate better time openings for traveling.
Bring a sweater, it was a bit cold on the train, even it being summer.
27 June 2019Visiting friends
Comfy seats, liked observation deck, friendly staff, 2 locations to buy food onboard
Bathroom cleanliness, on-time arrival (2.5 hours late, and staff did not keep us well-informed in transit-until we were approaching arrival time- of just how late it would be), fathers day special did not work online for me (another passenger told me she got it, though)...More

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