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There are 8 ways to get from Kansas City to California by plane, bus, train 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 to San Diego  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to San Diego (SAN) MCI - SAN

$154 - $504

Cheapest option

Fly to Los Angeles  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Los Angeles (LAX) MCI - LAX

$76 - $292

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Fly to Oakland  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Oakland (OAK) MCI - OAK

$170 - $482

Fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to San Francisco (SFO) MCI - SFO

$168 - $760

Fly to Long Beach  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Long Beach (LGB) MCI - LGB

$184 - $464

Bus  •  34 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca 1683

$152 - $380

Train  •  35 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Kansas City Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Southwest Chief

$220 - $700

Drive  •  25 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Kansas City to Los Angeles 1653.1 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Kansas City to California is to fly which costs $75 - $300 and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kansas City to California is to fly which costs $150 - $550 and takes 6 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kansas City to California. However, there are services departing from Kansas City, Mo and arriving at Main / 1st via Main / 7th. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34 h 26 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Kansas City Union Station station and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 35 h 18 min.

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The distance between Kansas City and California is 1332 miles. The road distance is 1653.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Kansas City to California without a car is to bus which takes 34 h 26 min and costs $150 - $380.

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It takes approximately 6 h 6 min to get from Kansas City to California, including transfers.

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Kansas City to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Kansas City, Mo station.

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

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The best way to get from Kansas City to California is to fly which takes 6 h 6 min and costs $150 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $150 - $380 and takes 34 h 26 min, you could also train, which costs $220 - $700 and takes 35 h 18 min.

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Map of how to get from Kansas City to California.
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  • Distance: 1332.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 6 min

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and four other airlines fly from Kansas City to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Kansas City to Los Angeles twice daily. Tickets cost $150 - $380 and the journey takes 34 h 20 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Kansas City to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from Kansas City to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from Kansas City to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from Kansas City to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Kansas City to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,500
Flights from Kansas City to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,500
Flights from Kansas City to Oakland via Albuquerque
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,500
Flights from Kansas City to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,500
Flights from Kansas City to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,500
Flights from Kansas City to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,200
Flights from Kansas City to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,200
Flights from Kansas City to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,200
Flights from Kansas City to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,200
Flights from Kansas City to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Kansas City to Long Beach via Oakland
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Kansas City to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Kansas City to Long Beach via Denver, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Kansas City to Long Beach via Phoenix, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Kansas City to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Kansas City to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $1,600
Flights from Kansas City to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $1,600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Kansas City to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Kansas City to Long Beach via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Kansas City to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Kansas City to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $1,200
Flights from Kansas City to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Kansas City to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,400
Flights from Kansas City to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $2,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Kansas City to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
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 Kansas City Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
35 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$400 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
Bus operators
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 Kansas City, Mo to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca
Ave. Duration
34 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$150 - $380
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$150 - $250
Flexible
$290 - $380

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The quickest flight from Kansas City Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 30 min.

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Kansas City to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angls Amtrak, Ca station.

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California is 2 h behind Kansas City. It is currently 11:21 AM in Kansas City and 9:21 AM in California.

Kansas City to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kansas City to California is 1653 miles. It takes approximately 25 h 8 min to drive from Kansas City to California.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Kansas City Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are six+ hotels available in California. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kansas City to Kansas City Airport is to line 229 bus which takes 56 min and costs $2.

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