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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Kansas City to Washington. Traveling by train from Kansas City to Washington usually takes around 9 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 23 minutes.

Distance196 mi (315 km)
Fastest train4h 23m
Lowest price€33.64
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Kansas City to Washington

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Gia Hoan

3 July 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: Staff, area was clean and was really relaxing not having to drive lol. Cons: Not at all. Tips: Not at all.

Pros: Staff, area was clean and was really relaxing not having to drive lol. Cons: Not at all. Tips: Not at all.

4.0

Scott

3 February 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: Wasn’t very crowded this time so I had more room. Cons: WiFi.

Pros: Wasn’t very crowded this time so I had more room. Cons: WiFi.

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

In the last month, €33.64 was the average price of a train ticket from Kansas City to Washington, MO. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 13 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €145.54 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Kansas City to Washington by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around €35 whenever you decide to board the train to Washington.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Kansas City to Washington remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Kansas City to Washington?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak113h 26m€103.40
Amtrak Missouri River Runner14h 23m€43.45
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Kansas City to Washington every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €34.

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  • Amtrak Missouri River Runner

    Amtrak Missouri River Runner

    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 Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd in Kansas City and arrives at 301 W Front St in Washington, and tickets on this route start at €34.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Kansas City to Washington 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.

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Kansas City to Washington. 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 Washington?

The distance between Kansas City and Washington is approximately 196 miles, or 315 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 23 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?

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Kansas City to Washington. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Kansas City at 01:00 and arrives in Washington around 4 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Kansas City to Washington?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Washington 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 Washington 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

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

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.

All train stations in Kansas City:

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

  • Union Station

  • 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

  • 1 West First St

  • 350 Hoefgen St

  • 414 N Main St

  • Central Station

  • 198 State Rd 192

  • 601 Marina Vista Ave

  • 413 E 7th St

  • 605 E California St

  • 410 S Guadalupe St

  • 500 SE Holliday Pl

  • 3800 Santa Fe Ave

  • 109 E Beech St

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