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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Kansas City to Chicago. Traveling by train from Kansas City to Chicago usually takes around 10 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in 7 hours and 22 minutes.

Distance412 mi (664 km)
Fastest train7h 22m
Lowest price$57.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Kansas City to Chicago

(Based on 22 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Christina

March 13, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: Stress free travel and a great first time trip! Cons: Working water bottle refill.

Pros: Stress free travel and a great first time trip! Cons: Working water bottle refill.

4.0

Betty

January 31, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: not happy that I could not be seated for meals in the Dinning Room. It had been a while since I was on the train and I was looking forward to that. Cons: All the rest rooms need to cleaned and updated.

Pros: not happy that I could not be seated for meals in the Dinning Room. It had been a while since I was on the train and I was looking forward to that. Cons: All the rest rooms need to cleaned and updated.

4.0

Dale

August 2, 2020- Business

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: The seats were comfortable and had leg room. Cons: Have electrical working in all cars. Maybe also provide what you can and can't travel with.

Pros: The seats were comfortable and had leg room. Cons: Have electrical working in all cars. Maybe also provide what you can and can't travel with.

4.0

Otabek

February 1, 2020- Couples trip

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: Staff was friendly. Cons: Seats were dirty and there was a bad smell. Tips: Bring your own snacks.

Pros: Staff was friendly. Cons: Seats were dirty and there was a bad smell. Tips: Bring your own snacks.

5.0

Jonathan

January 15, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: The cabin was very comfortable! Cons: The bathrooms were very dirty and the locks on the door didn't work.

Pros: The cabin was very comfortable! Cons: The bathrooms were very dirty and the locks on the door didn't work.

Kansas City to Chicago Route Map

Kansas City Chicago

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

In the last month, $69.02 was the average price of a train ticket from Kansas City to Chicago. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $25.35 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$135$90$45SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Kansas City to Chicago will vary between $59 and $129. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Kansas City over the next 7 days is $67. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Kansas City to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $67 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Kansas City to Chicago in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $187 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

$175$140$105$70$353020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Kansas City will be about $25.35 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Kansas City to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak213h 21m$85.24
Amtrak Southwest Chief17h 22m$72.25
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Kansas City to Chicago every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $60.

  • 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 Chicago in about 7 hours and 22 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 Chicago 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 Chicago?

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

The distance between Kansas City and Chicago is approximately 412 miles, or 664 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 22 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 departing from Kansas City to Chicago tend to have the most passengers on Tuesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Tuesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Kansas City at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00am. 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 Chicago?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Chicago. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago 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.

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

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

Main departure station: Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

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

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main arrival station: Union Station

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

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