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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Kansas City to San Francisco?

Lowest Price£153.20
Fastest Train46h 13m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Kansas City to San Francisco 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Kansas City to San Francisco?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Kansas City to San Francisco, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

What is the price of a train ticket from Kansas City to San Francisco?

In the last month, £153.40 was the average price of a train ticket from Kansas City, MO to San Francisco, CA. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 9 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £162.82 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Kansas City to San Francisco?

The distance between Kansas City and San Francisco is approximately 1504 miles, or 2420 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 47 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 46 hours and 13 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 San Francisco are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 22:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. 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 San Francisco?

Trains leave the station in Kansas City twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Francisco to Kansas City. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Kansas City to San Francisco for £151.44.

Which train should you take from Kansas City to San Francisco?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Kansas City, Missouri to San Francisco, California. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 23h 40m£173.43

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 San Francisco?

San Francisco has one train station:

  • Salesforce Plaza

Price trends for trains from Kansas City to San Francisco

Average prices by travel date

£165£110£55SepSep

Monthly average prices

£235£188£141£94£47JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

£333£267£200£133£673020100

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