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

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Fly  •  4h 45m

  1. Fly from Indianapolis (IND) to Kansas City (MCI) IND - MCI

$164 - $304

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Bus  •  11h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Champaign, IL
  2. Take the bus from Champaign, Il to St Louis, Mo
  3. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo

$79 - $163

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  10h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Galesburg Amtrak 8893 / ...
  2. Take the train from Galesburg Amtrak Station to Kansas City Union Station Southwest Chief

$93 - $209

Train  •  13h 10m

  1. Take the train from Indianapolis Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station Hoosier State / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City Union Station Southwest Chief

$106 - $288

Drive  •  8h 6m

  1. Drive from Indianapolis to Kansas City 484.6 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 8h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City is to fly which costs $160 - $310 and takes 4h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Indianapolis to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from Indianapolis, IN and arriving at Kansas City, Mo via Champaign, Il and St Louis, Mo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Indianapolis station to Kansas City station. However, there are services departing from Indianapolis Amtrak Station and arriving at Kansas City Union Station via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 10m.

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The distance between Indianapolis and Kansas City is 454 miles. The road distance is 484.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City without a car is to bus and train which takes 10h 14m and costs $90 - $210.

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It takes approximately 4h 45m to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City, including transfers.

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Indianapolis to Kansas City bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Indianapolis, IN station.

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Indianapolis to Kansas City train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Indianapolis Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City is to fly which takes 4h 45m and costs $160 - $310. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $170 and takes 11h 30m, you could also train, which costs $100 - $290 and takes 13h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City.
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  • Distance: 454.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 45m

What companies run services between Indianapolis, IN, USA and Kansas City, MO, USA?

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Indianapolis to Kansas City every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Indianapolis to Kansas City via Champaign, IL, Champaign, Il, and St Louis, Mo in around 11h 30m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Galesburg Amtrak Station to Kansas City Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
Frequency
Once 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
Train from Indianapolis Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Train from Chicago Union Station to Kansas City Union Station
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
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
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Galesburg
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Champaign, IL
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Champaign, Il to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70

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The quickest flight from Indianapolis Airport to Kansas City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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

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Kansas City is 1h behind Indianapolis. It is currently 11:15 PM in Indianapolis and 10:15 PM in Kansas City.

Indianapolis to Kansas City train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Kansas City Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Indianapolis to Kansas City is 485 miles. It takes approximately 8h 6m to drive from Indianapolis to Kansas City.

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Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Indianapolis Airport to Kansas City Airport.

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There are 206+ hotels available in Kansas City. Prices start at $64 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Indianapolis to Indianapolis Airport is to line 8 bus which takes 39m and costs $2.

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