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Compare train tickets from Chicago to Kansas City


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How much are train tickets from Chicago to Kansas City?

Lowest Price$57.00
Fastest Train7h 10m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines2
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to Kansas City
Based on 6 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)
November 30, 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.
August 20, 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.
August 6, 2019Visiting friends
The train restrooms needed attention.
Junica Carla
July 25, 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.
June 27, 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

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Kansas City?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets is to plan ahead and book your train travel early. In the past 30 days, $59.00 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Kansas City. By booking your trip 14 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $10.00 compared to a same-day fare.

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 9 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 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 Thursday 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 Chicago at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains per day run from Chicago to Kansas City?

Trains leave the station in Chicago twice a day, so thre are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Kansas City faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

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 $52.00.

What train services are there from Chicago to Kansas City?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Kansas City. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak112h 15m$63.60
Amtrak Southwest Chief17h 10m$63.57

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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