There are 6 ways to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4 h 35 min

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

$164 - $304

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Bus  •  10 h 36 min

  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

$84 - $170

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Bus, train  •  11 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Galesburg Amtrak 1401 / ...
  2. Take the train from Galesburg Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak Southwest Chief

$97 - $209

Train  •  13 h 10 min

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

$106 - $288

Bus via Evansville, IN  •  13 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Evansville, IN
  2. Take the bus from Evansville, In to St Louis, Mo
  3. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo

$93 - $178

Drive  •  8 h 6 min

  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 8 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City is to fly which costs $160 - $310 and takes 4 h 35 min.

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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 10 h 36 min.

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

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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 which takes 10 h 36 min and costs $80 - $170.

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It takes approximately 4 h 35 min 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, depart from Indianapolis Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City is to fly which takes 4 h 35 min and costs $160 - $310. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $170 and takes 10 h 36 min, you could also train, which costs $100 - $290 and takes 13 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Indianapolis to Kansas City.
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  • Distance: 454.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 35 min

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

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Indianapolis to Kansas City 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Indianapolis to Kansas City via Champaign, IL, Champaign, Il, and St Louis, Mo in around 10 h 36 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $650
Flights from Indianapolis to Kansas City via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Indianapolis to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Galesburg Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 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
Train from Indianapolis Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h
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 Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice 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
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Champaign, IL
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Indianapolis to Champaign-Urbana
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Indianapolis to Galesburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.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 Champaign, Il to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Evansville, In to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55

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The quickest flight from Indianapolis Airport to Kansas City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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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 1 h behind Indianapolis. It is currently 3:14 PM in Indianapolis and 2:14 PM in Kansas City.

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

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

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

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There are 200+ hotels available in Kansas City. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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

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