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St Louis - Kansas City Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from St Louis to Kansas City. Traveling by train from St Louis to Kansas City usually takes around 5 hours and 40 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance238 mi (383 km)
Fastest train5h 40m
Lowest price$36.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Missouri River Runner
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from St Louis, MO to Kansas City, MO

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Markees

July 5, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

I do think there should be some kind of divider for the seats. Sitting with a strangers arm touching you is …not fun.

I do think there should be some kind of divider for the seats. Sitting with a strangers arm touching you is …not fun.

5.0

Samuel

August 24, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: I was on time. Cons: N/A. Tips: N/A.

Pros: I was on time. Cons: N/A. Tips: N/A.

5.0

Yadu

November 1, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: Punctual timing, great caring staff, spacious space! Cons: Adding more dry snacks in cafe, bathroom cleaning a few times during travel might make travel luxurious! Tips: They were friendly!

Pros: Punctual timing, great caring staff, spacious space! Cons: Adding more dry snacks in cafe, bathroom cleaning a few times during travel might make travel luxurious! Tips: They were friendly!

5.0

Angelluis Iii

July 14, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Pros: South ride and arrived before schedule. The staff was friendly. Cafe cabin representative was helpful and attentive. Cons: There was a car that was not air conditioned. This made the beginning boarding process challenging fo make accommodations and changes to ass...

Pros: South ride and arrived before schedule. The staff was friendly. Cafe cabin representative was helpful and attentive. Cons: There was a car that was not air conditioned. This made the beginning boarding process challenging fo make accommodations and changes to assure being in car with good temperature.

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5.0

Berta

July 11, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Driver and staff were wonderful. Great trip!!

Driver and staff were wonderful. Great trip!!

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

In the last month, $37.37 was the average price of a train ticket from St Louis, MO to Kansas City, MO. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $3.29 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from St Louis to Kansas City will vary between $36 and $68. Planning a train trip to Kansas City within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from St Louis over the next 7 days is $36. 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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Traveling from St Louis to Kansas City 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 $37 whenever you decide to board the train to Kansas City.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from St Louis to Kansas City 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 St Louis to Kansas City?

Amtrak Missouri River Runner is the one and only train line which connects St Louis, Missouri to Kansas City, Missouri. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Missouri River Runner25h 40m$39.86

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from St Louis to Kansas City 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.

How long is the train journey from St Louis to Kansas City?

The distance between St Louis and Kansas City is approximately 238 miles, or 383 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 40 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 St Louis to Kansas City are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Friday 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 St Louis at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 St Louis to Kansas City?

Trains leave the station in St Louis twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Kansas City with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Kansas City to St Louis. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from St Louis to Kansas City for $38.00.

City Information

St Louis

St. Louis is one of several major cities in the state of Missouri and it is uniquely located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The city is usually recognized by its most distinctive feature, the Gateway Arch, thanks to which it is the only city in the United States that has a national park in the heart of its downtown district. The Arch is a must-see attraction and you can even take a tram to the top for some incredible views of the St. Louis skyline.

Some of the other truly unique attractions you can visit while you’re in town include the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis where you can check out an incredible collection of dolls, dollhouses and vignettes, and the City Museum where you can ride down a 10-story spiral slide (yup, you read that right.) For a great outdoor experience, stop by the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take a stroll through Citygarden where you will find various quirky statues and installations worthy of being featured in your Instagram feed.

Ale enthusiasts would be excited to know that St. Louis is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S. as well as one of the cheapest drinking cities. That means your party budget could take you a long way. Unsurprisingly, the city is also among the best spring break destinations on a budget.

The main bus and train station in St. Louis, Gateway Station, is located right in the center of downtown, not far from the Gateway Arch, which makes coming in and out of the city a breeze.

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 St Louis?

Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St - STLAMT-0

Image credit: Chris Yunker

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Departure stations

Gateway Station opened in 2008 to consolidate St Louis’ transportation services into one central hub. The station’s award-winning design includes a pedestrian walkway with expansive colored glass windows overlooking the train tracks. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown St Louis, the station is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and hotels and is just a few blocks from Busch Stadium and the iconic Gateway Arch. Amenities inside the station include free Wifi, a food court, and a lounge for Amtrak’s First Class passengers. Gateway Station is a major stop for intercity bus service, several Amtrak train lines, and the city’s MetroLink which can connect you with the St Louis Lambert International Airport in just 30 minutes.

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd  - KCYAMT-0

Arrival 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.

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