There are 7 ways to get from Denver to Kansas City by plane, train, bus, night bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Denver (DEN) to Kansas City (MCI) DEN - MCI

$66 - $311

6 alternative options

Train, bus, night bus  •  13 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Denver Union Station Amtrak to Lincoln Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Lincoln, NE to Omaha, NE
  3. Take the night bus from Omaha, NE to Kansas City, MO 706

Bus Express Arrow vehicles  •  16 h

  1. Take the bus from Denver, CO to Omaha, NE 1401
  2. Take the bus from Omaha, NE to Kansas City, MO 501

$117 - $220

Bus Greyhound USA  •  17 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Denver, Co to Frisco 1683 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Frisco to Kansas City, Mo 1682

$79 - $200

Bus, train  •  18 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Denver, Co to Raton 7305 / ...
  2. Take the train from Raton Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak Southwest Chief

$117 - $334

Train  •  21 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Denver Union Station Amtrak to Galesburg Amtrak California Zephyr
  2. Take the train from Galesburg Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak Southwest Chief

$169 - $467

Drive  •  9 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Denver to Kansas City 604.8 miles

$55 - $90

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Denver to Kansas City is to drive which costs $55 - $90 and takes 9 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Denver to Kansas City is to fly which costs $65 - $320 and takes 4 h 42 min.

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The distance between Denver and Kansas City is 560 miles. The road distance is 604.8 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 42 min to get from Denver to Kansas City, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Denver to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from Denver, CO and arriving at Kansas City, MO via Omaha, NE. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Denver station to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from Denver Union Station Amtrak and arriving at Kansas City Amtrak via Galesburg Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h 4 min.

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The quickest flight from Denver Airport to Kansas City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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Kansas City is 1 h ahead of Denver. It is currently 3:09 PM in Denver and 4:09 PM in Kansas City.

Map of how to get from Denver to Kansas City.
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  • Distance: 560.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 42 min

What companies run services between Denver, CO, USA and Kansas City, MO, USA?

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Frontier Airlines fly from Denver to Kansas City hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Denver to Kansas City via Omaha, NE in around 16 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Denver to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $800
Flights from Denver to Kansas City via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Denver to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $950
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Denver to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $600
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Denver Union Station Amtrak to Lincoln Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $440
Train from Raton Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
13 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $270
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Coach Seat
$190 - $270
Room
$390 - $550
Train from Denver Union Station Amtrak to Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
15 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $340
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Business Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Room
$470 - $650
Train from Galesburg Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Lincoln, NE to Omaha, NE
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Omaha, NE to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Express Arrow vehicles
Website
expressarrow.com
Bus from Denver, CO to Omaha, NE
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160
Schedules at
expressarrow.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Denver, Co to Frisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$23 - $30
Bus from Frisco to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
14 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $170
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$65 - $110
Flexible
$120 - $170
Bus from Denver, Co to Raton
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $65

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