There are 7 ways to get from Kansas City to New Orleans by plane, bus, night bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to New Orleans (MSY) MCI - MSY

$142 - $568

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Bus  •  22 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to St Louis, Mo
  2. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Memphis, Tn
  3. Take the bus from Memphis, Tn to Baton Rouge, La
  4. Take the bus from Baton Rouge, La to New Orleans, La

$113 - $293

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Bus, night bus, train  •  21 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to St Louis, Mo
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale
  3. Take the train from Carbondale Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

$130 - $358

Train, night bus  •  24 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Kansas City Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station
  2. Take the night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale
  3. Take the train from Carbondale Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

$154 - $419

Train  •  28 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Kansas City Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Southwest Chief
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal City Of New Orleans

$189 - $542

Night bus, bus  •  20 h 4 min

  1. Take the night bus from Kansas City, MO to Texarkana, AR 113
  2. Take the night bus from Texarkana, Ar to Shreveport, La
  3. Take the bus from Shreveport, La to New Orleans, La

$160 - $277

Drive  •  14 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Kansas City to New Orleans 914.7 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Kansas City to New Orleans is to drive which costs $85 - $130 and takes 14 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kansas City to New Orleans is to fly which costs $140 - $600 and takes 4 h 29 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kansas City to New Orleans. However, there are services departing from Kansas City, Mo and arriving at New Orleans, La via St Louis, Mo, Memphis, Tn and Baton Rouge, La. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 3 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Kansas City to New Orleans. However, there are services departing from Kansas City Amtrak and arriving at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28 h 4 min.

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The distance between Kansas City and New Orleans is 686 miles. The road distance is 914.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Kansas City to New Orleans without a car is to bus and night bus and train which takes 21 h 58 min and costs $130 - $360.

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It takes approximately 4 h 29 min to get from Kansas City to New Orleans, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Kansas City to New Orleans is to fly which takes 4 h 29 min and costs $140 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $300 and takes 22 h 3 min, you could also train, which costs $180 - $550 and takes 28 h 4 min.

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Map of how to get from Kansas City to New Orleans.
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  • Distance: 685.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 29 min

What companies run services between Kansas City, MO, USA and New Orleans, LA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Kansas City to New Orleans hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kansas City to New Orleans via St Louis, Mo, Memphis, Tn, and Baton Rouge, La in around 22 h 3 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Kansas City to New Orleans
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Kansas City to New Orleans via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Kansas City to New Orleans via Dallas
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Kansas City to New Orleans via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Kansas City to New Orleans via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
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 Carbondale Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
14 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Flexi Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Business Coach Seat
$170 - $250
Room
$370 - $550
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
Train from Kansas City Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 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
Train from Chicago Union Station to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
19 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $360
Room
$490 - $700
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Night bus from St Louis, Mo to Carbondale
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Memphis, Tn
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from Memphis, Tn to Baton Rouge, La
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
Bus from Baton Rouge, La to New Orleans, La
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Night bus from Texarkana, Ar to Shreveport, La
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Shreveport, La to New Orleans, La
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Kansas City, MO to Texarkana, AR
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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The quickest flight from Kansas City Airport to New Orleans Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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Kansas City to New Orleans bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at New Orleans, La station.

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Kansas City to New Orleans train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kansas City to New Orleans is 915 miles. It takes approximately 14 h 57 min to drive from Kansas City to New Orleans.

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Kansas City Airport to New Orleans Airport.

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Book your Kansas City to New Orleans train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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Book your Kansas City to New Orleans bus tickets online with Greyhound, Greyhound and two other operators.

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There are 633+ hotels available in New Orleans. Prices start at $78 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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