COVID-19 Travel Guide
Learn more ›

Compare train tickets from St Louis to Kansas City


St Louis-Kansas City Train Schedule

Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from St Louis to Kansas City?

Lowest Price$36.00
Fastest Train5h 40m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In the last month, $36.00 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 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $8.97 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 Thursday. 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 Saturday 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 St Louis at 4:00pm and arrives in Kansas City around 5 hours later.

Is there a direct train from St Louis to Kansas City?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Kansas City 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 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 $32.00.

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. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Missouri River Runner15h 40m$38.31

Where is the train station in St Louis?

There is one train station in St Louis:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

Where is the train station in Kansas City?

Kansas City has one train station:

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

Price trends for trains from St Louis to Kansas City

Average prices by travel date


Monthly average prices


Prices as travel date approaches


train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from St Louis, MO to Kansas City, MO
Based on 4 ratings and reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Missouri River Runner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
August 24, 2020Visiting family
I was on time
November 1, 2019Solo travel
Punctual timing, great caring staff, spacious space!
Adding more dry snacks in cafe, bathroom cleaning a few times during travel might make travel luxurious!
They were friendly!
Angelluis Iii
July 14, 2019Vacation
South ride and arrived before schedule. The staff was friendly. Cafe cabin representative was helpful and attentive.
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.
July 11, 2019Visiting friends
Driver and staff were wonderful. Great trip!!

Book buses and trains on the go with the Wanderu app.

Download our app and snag the best travel deals across North America & Europe.Learn more

Available on iOS & Android
Lowest PricesWe work directly with hundreds of carriers to find the best available fares.
No Wanderu FeesWe never add any extra fees. We just make it easy to book your travels.
Best Travel OptionsWe help you find & compare the best buses, trains and flights in one place.