Cheap train tickets from Kansas City to Chicago

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Lowest Price$57.00
Fastest7h 22m
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train companies2
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Kansas City to Chicago
4.6
Based on 14 reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Southwest Chief report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 36 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.8
Staff
4.8
Value
4.3
Condition
4.4
Otabek
4.0
February 1, 2020Couples trip
Pros
Staff was friendly
Cons
Seats were dirty and there was a bad smell
Tips
Bring your own snacks
Jonathan
5.0
January 15, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The cabin was very comfortable!
Cons
The bathrooms were very dirty and the locks on the door didn't work.
Daijana
4.0
January 3, 2020Solo travel
Pros
There was plenty of leg room, so stretching out for a nap was super comfortable!
Cons
Departing on time. I had an hour and ten minutes between my two trains at Chicago Union Station and I barely made my second train. If there was an issue departing, it would nice to have an accurate time stamp of how late we were going to be.
Kara
5.0
December 19, 2019Solo travel
Pros
The solo adventure. Experiencing Amtrak.
Cons
Nothing.
Elizabeth
5.0
December 6, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Neither of us had to drive. We could visit, walk around, or sleep as we liked.
Cons
Better toilet paper.
Tips
If over 6 feet tall you will most likely not be able to sit in the booths at the lounge or dining car, but if you speak ti the servers they will serve you in the lounge or your seat.

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

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Kansas City to Chicago is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Kansas City to Chicago was $72.49. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 6 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $21.26 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Kansas City to Chicago?

The distance between Kansas City and Chicago is approximately 412.58 miles, or 663.81 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 9 hours and 53 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Kansas City to Chicago?

On Friday trains from Kansas City to Chicago are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Kansas City to Chicago?

Typically there are 2 schedules to compare for your trip to Chicago. On the route to Chicago 2 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Kansas City to Chicago, usually offering one departure per day. Typically one schedule per day serves Chicago with direct service. Direct service might still have stops along the way, but you will not need to switch trains.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Kansas City to Chicago, which start at $52.00.

Here are the 2 train companies that operate from Kansas City to Chicago

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Kansas City to Chicago start from $61.00, and on average cost $70.91. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in Kansas City leaves from Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

From Kansas City to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 12 hours and 20 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 22 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $74.69 for a one-way weekend reservation from Kansas City.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
12h 20m
Avg. Price
$70.91

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Amtrak Southwest Chief train tickets from Kansas City to Chicago start from $57.00, and on average cost $79.39. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Southwest Chief in Kansas City leaves from Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

From Kansas City to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Southwest Chief takes 7 hours and 22 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Southwest Chief scheduled trip per day, which will cost $81.21 for a one-way weekend reservation from Kansas City.

Restroom
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
7h 22m
Avg. Price
$79.39

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Kansas City on their way to Chicago:
  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd
There is one train station where trains from Kansas City arrive in Chicago:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St