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Overview: Train from Chicago to Kansas City, KS

distanceDistance409 miles (660 km)
durationAverage train duration12 h 10 min
priceAverage train ticket price$78 (€65)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain providersAmtrak

Trains from Chicago to Kansas City, KS cover the 409 miles (660 km) long route taking on average 12 h 10 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $78 (€65), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $75 (€63).

Train providers: Amtrak from Chicago to Kansas City, KS trains

Amtrak trains will get you to Kansas City, KS from Chicago from $75 (€63). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey from Chicago to Kansas City, KS.

  • Average Price: $75

Please follow the recommendations outlined by Amtrak when booking your train tickets to Kansas City, KS from Chicago due to the coronavirus:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

Trains from Chicago to Kansas City

Traveling on a train from Chicago to Kansas City is a cheap and convenient way to make this trip. Travelers looking to save on last-minute fare and have flexibility in their travel date can turn to the midweek schedules, which tend to be less busy and cheaper than buying tickets for a weekend departure. Amtrak Southwest Chief operates between Chicago to Kansas City. This is the fastest train service that operates between Chicago and Kansas City, taking an average of 7 hours and 10 minutes to reach its destination. The journey from Chicago to Kansas City is 413 miles (665 kilometers). Amtrak Southwest Chief offers the travel service from Chicago to Kansas City express or with a three-minute layover at Galesburg, IL.

Which train companies travel from Chicago to Kansas City?

Amtrak Southwest Chief, which is the fastest train covers the distance from Chicago to Kansas City in 7 hours and 10 minutes. However, a typical train trip from Chicago to Kansas City takes 9 hours and 43 minutes. Amtrak Southwest Chief from Chicago to Kansas City is busiest on Mondays and least crowded on Saturdays. Weekends are ideal for travelers looking for space and comfort. The Amtrak Southwest Chief train from Chicago to Kansas City has comfortable reclining seats with ample legroom for the traveler's comfort. It also has a fold-down tray for each seat that the traveler can use during mealtime. There are individual reading lights and power outlets where travelers can charge their favorite entertainment gadgets. The restrooms on this train are sanitized and the air conditioning access makes the ride more comfortable.

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

Travelers who take the train from Chicago to Kansas City take an average of 9 hours and 45 minutes to get to their destination. However, this time can be reduced by using the Amtrak Southwest Chief services whose train travels from Chicago to Kansas City in 7 hours and 10 minutes. Travelers making their way from Chicago to Kansas City on the Amtrak Southwest Chief can enjoy snacks on the train during their ride. Passengers also have the opportunity to catch up on their favorite entertainment shows via the complimentary WiFi, read a good book or magazine or simply get some rest during the journey from Chicago to Kansas City, knowing they're taking a low carbon emission method of travel.

How many trains are there from Chicago to Kansas City?

The schedule for trains from Chicago to Kansas City with Southwest Chief offers one daily trip, making a total of seven weekly trips between the two destinations. The Amtrak Southwest Chief train from Chicago to Kansas City leaves the departure station at 7:00 a.m. and gets to its arrival station in Kansas City at a few minutes past 2:00 p.m. if there are no hitches along the way. The Amtrak Southwest Chief crew and management take every precaution to make sure there are no delays on departure time or along the way. This gives travelers some guarantee of getting to their destination on time.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Chicago to Kansas City?

Departure station: The departure station for the Amtrak Southwest Chief train from Chicago to Kansas City is Union Station, located on S Canal St. There are more than 20 parking lots within a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) of the station, making it convenient for travelers who prefer to drive to the train station and leave their cars parked close by. More than 15 public transit stops and stations are located within the vicinity of the train station thus making it easily accessible for all travelers. The Chicago Union Station is 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) from the city center of Chicago. This makes it accessible by travelers on foot who would take about 11 minutes to walk to the station. The nearest airport from the train station is the O'Hare International Airport, which is 21 miles (34 kilometers) away.

Arrival station: The arrival station for trains from Chicago to Kansas City is Union Station which is located on West Pershing Road in Kansas City. This train station comprises a building with a furnished waiting room where travelers can relax as they wait to board the train. It is fully equipped with vending machines, ATM machines, payphones, Quick-Trak kiosks and sanitized restrooms for the comfort of travelers. There is also available same-day and overnight parking that is secure where travelers can leave their cars. While at the station, travelers are provided with baggage carts for easy ferrying of their luggage to the train when boarding. The ticket office also provides baggage assistance to travelers who need it. Union Station is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. as it serves travelers leaving or arriving from different destinations on different trains.

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FAQs

How much does a cheap train from Chicago to Kansas City, KS cost?

Omio customers have found cheap train tickets to Kansas City, KS from Chicago for as low as $75 (€63)  for the next 7 days.

What is the cost of a train to Kansas City, KS from Chicago?

If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Chicago to Kansas City, KS train price to come in at an average of $78 (€65)  one way.

What is the distance from Chicago to Kansas City, KS by train?

The train distance from Chicago to Kansas City, KS is around 409 miles (660 km).

How long is a train to Kansas City, KS from Chicago on average?

While the time it takes to travel 409 miles (660 km) to Kansas City, KS from Chicago can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Chicago to Kansas City, KS train journey time is on average 12 h 10 min.

Which train companies can get me from Chicago to Kansas City, KS?

Take the Chicago to Kansas City, KS train with Amtrak. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the trip between Chicago and Kansas City, KS as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

Are there any nonstop train services from Chicago to Kansas City, KS?

Yes, there is 1 direct train per day from Chicago to Kansas City, KS, and you can find a direct train for this trip with Amtrak  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you purchase your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.

How many train services per day are there to Kansas City, KS from Chicago?

On average, there is 1 train a day from Chicago to Kansas City, KS. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

When does the first train depart from Chicago to Kansas City, KS? When does the last train depart from Chicago to Kansas City, KS?

The earliest train for this trip departs from Chicago at 3: 30 PM. The last train leaves from Chicago at 8: 50 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Chicago to Kansas City, KS and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

How far in advance should I buy train tickets to Kansas City, KS from Chicago for the best deals?

The price of a one way train ticket from Chicago to Kansas City, KS is on average $78 (€65) if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets between Chicago and Kansas City, KS available a few months in advance.