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There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Independence, Mo by train, car, plane or bus

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Train

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City

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Drive

  1. Drive from Chicago to Independence, Mo

Fly Chicago Midway to Kansas City, line 24 bus

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Kansas City (MCI)
  2. Take the line 24 bus from East Village - Bay E to Independence Metrocenter Eastside

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Kansas City, line 24 bus

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Kansas City (MCI)
  2. Take the line 24 bus from East Village - Bay E to Independence Metrocenter Eastside

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Springfield, drive

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Springfield (SGF)
  2. Drive from Springfield to Independence, Mo
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Independence, Mo is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Independence, Mo is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Independence, Mo is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Independence, Mo is to drive which costs $50 - $75 and takes 8h 35m.

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The fastest way to get from Chicago to Independence, Mo is to fly and drive. Taking this option will cost $170 - $550 and takes 6h 26m.

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The distance between Chicago and Independence, Mo is 405 miles. The road distance is 511.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Independence, Mo without a car is to train which takes 7h 33m and costs $95 - $130.

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It takes approximately 7h 33m to get from Chicago to Independence, Mo, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Kansas City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Independence, Mo is 511 miles. It takes approximately 8h 35m to drive from Chicago to Independence, Mo.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Kansas City Airport.

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There are 130+ hotels available in Independence, Mo. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23 min and costs $1 - $5.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Independence, Mo.
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  • Distance: 404.5 miles
  • Duration: 7h 33m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Independence, Mo, MO, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City twice daily. Tickets cost $55 - $80 and the journey takes 7h 10m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $400
Flights from Chicago Midway to Kansas City via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $420
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $280
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Springfield
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $480
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $320
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Springfield
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
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amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Premium
$240 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
Bus operators
Ride KC
Phone
+1 816-221-0660
Website
ridekc.org
Bus from East Village - Bay E to Independence Metrocenter Eastside
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
ridekc.org

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