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Kansas City-Chicago Train Schedule

Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Kansas City to Chicago?

Lowest Price$57.00
Fastest Train7h 22m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines2

Kansas City to Chicago Route Map

Kansas City Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Kansas City to Chicago right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

In the last month, $62.05 was the average price of a train ticket from Kansas City, MO to Chicago, IL. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $26.42 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 12 hours and 38 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 from Kansas City to Chicago are the most crowded on Sunday. 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Kansas City at 7:00am and arrives in Chicago around 7 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Kansas City to Chicago?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Chicago 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 Chicago to Kansas City. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Kansas City to Chicago for $52.00.

Which train should you take from Kansas City to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak114h 55m$67.47
Amtrak Southwest Chief17h 22m$70.57

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

There is one train station in Kansas City:

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Kansas City, MO to Chicago, IL
Based on 16 ratings and reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Southwest Chief report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 33 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
August 2, 2020Business
The seats were comfortable and had leg room.
Have electrical working in all cars. Maybe also provide what you can and can't travel with.
February 1, 2020Couples trip
Staff was friendly
Seats were dirty and there was a bad smell
Bring your own snacks
January 15, 2020Visiting family
The cabin was very comfortable!
The bathrooms were very dirty and the locks on the door didn't work.
January 3, 2020Solo travel
There was plenty of leg room, so stretching out for a nap was super comfortable!
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.
December 19, 2019Solo travel
The solo adventure. Experiencing Amtrak.

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