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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Kansas City to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from Kansas City to Los Angeles usually takes around 55 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in 35 hours and 18 minutes.

Distance1354 mi (2180 km)
Fastest train35h 18m
Lowest price€135.83
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Kansas City to Los Angeles

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Elizabeth

30 December 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: The staff was very helpful and friendly. Cons: The bathrooms were disgusting and could use a deep clean.

Pros: The staff was very helpful and friendly. Cons: The bathrooms were disgusting and could use a deep clean.

What is the price of a train ticket from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

In the last month, €263.40 was the average price of a train ticket from Kansas City to Los Angeles. Given how far apart Kansas City and Los Angeles are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €96.35 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€373€249€124JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Kansas City to Los Angeles will vary between €249 and €368. Planning a train trip to Los Angeles within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Kansas City over the next 7 days is €256. 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

€311€249€187€124€62ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Kansas City to Los Angeles by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €181 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Kansas City to Los Angeles in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €296 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

€383€306€230€153€773020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Los Angeles from Kansas City will be about €96.35 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

2 train services operate from Kansas City to Los Angeles. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak52d 9h 30m€303.36
Amtrak Southwest Chief11d 11h 18m€174.81
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 5 Amtrak trains from Kansas City to Los Angeles every day, as well as 18 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €175.

  • Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief

    The Southwest Chief is a passenger train operated by America’s largest train service, Amtrak. The full route travels over 2,200 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, which takes over 43 hours. The train covers the stretch from Kansas City to Los Angeles in about 35 hours and 18 minutes. In addition to standard Coach Class seats, the Southwest Chief offers several sleeper cabin options on longer journeys. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is consistently ranked as one of the most scenic train routes in America, thanks to the stunning views of the Painted Desert, the Red Cliffs of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon you’ll see from your train window.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Kansas City to Los Angeles 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Kansas City to Los Angeles. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Kansas City to Los Angeles?

The distance between Kansas City and Los Angeles is approximately 1354 miles, or 2180 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 55 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 35 hours and 18 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 Los Angeles 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?

The earliest train departs Kansas City at 01:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 Los Angeles?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Kansas City to Los Angeles. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to Kansas City.

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.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

Main departure station: 100 N Third St

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Kansas City where you can board the train.

All train stations in Kansas City:

  • 100 N Third St

  • Uptown Station - 11 Uptown Cir

  • Gateway Center

  • Union Station

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • 250 N Lamar Blvd

  • 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

  • Central Station

  • 350 Hoefgen St

  • 1400 W Markham St

  • SporTran Intermodal Terminal

  • 101 Jefferson St

  • 315 West Ave B

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