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There are 9 ways to get from Kansas City to Carbondale by bus, train, night bus, car, plane or taxi

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

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Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to St Louis, Mo 1682 / ...
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from St. Louis, MO - Amtrak to Carbondale,IL - Amtrak 8359

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Train to St. Louis, fly to Marion  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Kansas City Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station
  2. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Marion (MWA) STL - MWA

$113 - $250

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Train, night bus  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Kansas City Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station Missouri River Runner
  2. Take the night bus from St. Louis Gateway Station to Carbondale Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Kansas City Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station Missouri River Runner
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from St. Louis, MO - Amtrak to Carbondale,IL - Amtrak 8359

Drive  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Kansas City to Carbondale 352.1 miles

$30 - $50

Fly Kansas City to St. Louis, Amtrak Thruway  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to St. Louis (STL) MCI - STL
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from St. Louis, MO - Amtrak to Carbondale,IL - Amtrak

Fly Kansas City to Cape Girardeau, taxi  •  9 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Cape Girardeau (CGI) MCI - CGI
  2. Take a taxi from Cape Girardeau to Carbondale

$322 - $1,032

Fly Kansas City to Marion  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Marion (MWA) MCI - MWA

$116 - $426

Fly Kansas City to Paducah, bus  •  9 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Paducah (PAH) MCI - PAH
  2. Take the bus from Paducah, Ky to Carbondale

$212 - $920

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The cheapest way to get from Kansas City to Carbondale is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 6 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kansas City to Carbondale is to fly which costs $110 - $430 and takes 5 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kansas City to Carbondale. However, there are services departing from Kansas City, Mo and arriving at Carbondale,IL - Amtrak via 20Th Street @ Cass Sb and St. Louis, MO - Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 17 min.

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The distance between Kansas City and Carbondale is 307 miles. The road distance is 352.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Kansas City to Carbondale without a car is to bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 7 h 17 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 17 min to get from Kansas City to Carbondale, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Kansas City to Carbondale is to bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 7 h 17 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $110 - $430 and takes 5 h 1 min.

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The quickest flight from Kansas City Airport to St. Louis Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Kansas City to Carbondale bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Carbondale,IL - Amtrak station.

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Map of how to get from Kansas City to Carbondale.
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  • Distance: 307.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 17 min

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

You can take a bus from Kansas City to Carbondale via St Louis, Mo, 20Th Street @ Cass Sb, Civic Center Transit Center, and St. Louis, MO - Amtrak in around 7 h 17 min. Alternatively, Southwest Airlines, Cape Air and United Airlines fly from Kansas City to Carbondale every 3 hours.

Airlines
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Kansas City to Marion via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 4 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Kansas City to Marion via Chicago Midway, St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $430
Flights from Kansas City to Marion via Dallas, St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Flights from Kansas City to Marion via Milwaukee, St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Kansas City to Marion via New Orleans, St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Kansas City to Marion via Chicago O'Hare, St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from St. Louis to Marion
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Kansas City to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $420
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Kansas City to Cape Girardeau via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Kansas City to Cape Girardeau via Chicago O'Hare, Quincy
Ave. Duration
10 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Kansas City to Cape Girardeau via Milwaukee, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Kansas City to Cape Girardeau via Indianapolis, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Kansas City to Paducah via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
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 Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 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
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 Kansas City, Mo to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Paducah, Ky to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$24 - $35
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from St. Louis, MO - Amtrak to Carbondale,IL - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from St. Louis Gateway Station to Carbondale Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Other operators
Taxi from Cape Girardeau to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180

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Yes, the driving distance between Kansas City to Carbondale is 352 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 12 min to drive from Kansas City to Carbondale.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Kansas City Airport to St. Louis Airport.

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There are 25+ hotels available in Carbondale. Prices start at $50 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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