There are 5 ways to get from Detroit to Kansas City by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Kansas City (MCI) DTW - MCI

$114 - $484

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  18 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Dayton Trotwood, Oh 1105 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Kansas City, Mo 1683 / ...

$81 - $210

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Train  •  13 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Wolverine
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City Amtrak Southwest Chief

$116 - $318

Bus via Chicago, IL  •  17 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...

$124 - $204

Drive  •  12 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Kansas City 795.7 miles

$75 - $120

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from Detroit, MI and arriving at Kansas City, MO via Chicago, IL and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Detroit to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from Detroit Amtrak and arriving at Kansas City Amtrak via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 9 min.

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The distance between Detroit and Kansas City is 647 miles. The road distance is 795.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Kansas City without a car is to train which takes 13 h 9 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 21 min to get from Detroit to Kansas City, including transfers.

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Detroit to Kansas City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Detroit, Mi station.

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Detroit to Kansas City train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Detroit Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Kansas City is to fly which takes 5 h 21 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 13 h 9 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 17 h 14 min.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Kansas City Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 1 min.

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Detroit to Kansas City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Kansas City, Mo station.

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  • Distance: 647 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 21 min

What companies run services between Detroit, MI, USA and Kansas City, MO, USA?

Spirit Airlines, Delta and three other airlines fly from Detroit to Kansas City hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Detroit to Kansas City via Chicago Union Station in around 13 h 9 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to Kansas City via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Detroit to Kansas City via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Detroit to Kansas City via Nashville
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $480
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
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 Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Room
$290 - $410
Bus operators
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$28 - $45
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $80
Burlington Trailways
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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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 Detroit, Mi to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
13 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150

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Kansas City is 1 h behind Detroit. It is currently 8:58 AM in Detroit and 7:58 AM in Kansas City.

Detroit to Kansas City train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Kansas City Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to Kansas City is 796 miles. It takes approximately 12 h 50 min to drive from Detroit to Kansas City.

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Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Detroit Airport to Kansas City Airport.

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Book your Detroit to Kansas City bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 207+ hotels available in Kansas City. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 49 min and costs .

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