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There are 8 ways to get from Kansas City to Springfield by bus, train, car, plane or taxi

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Bus, train  •  7h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to St Louis, Mo 1682 / ...
  2. Take the train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Springfield Amtrak Station Lincoln Service / ...

$60 - $135

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Train  •  8h 34m

  1. Take the train from Kansas City Union Station to St. Louis Gateway Station Missouri River Runner
  2. Take the train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Springfield Amtrak Station Lincoln Service / ...

$80 - $192

Drive  •  5h 38m

  1. Drive from Kansas City to Springfield 339.7 miles

$30 - $50

Fly to Springfield  •  6h 55m

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Springfield (SPI) MCI - SPI

$184 - $904

Fly to St. Louis, train  •  6h 36m

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

$164 - $380

Fly to Peoria, Amtrak Thruway  •  8h 33m

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Peoria (PIA) MCI - PIA
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Peoria Citylink Tranist to Springfield, IL

Fly to Chicago Midway, train  •  8h 35m

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Chicago Midway (MDW) MCI - MDW
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Springfield Amtrak Station

$134 - $316

Fly to Decatur, taxi  •  5h 40m

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to Decatur (DEC) MCI - DEC
  2. Take a taxi from Decatur to Springfield

$282 - $902

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The cheapest way to get from Kansas City to Springfield is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Kansas City to Springfield is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5h 38m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kansas City station to Springfield station. However, there are services departing from Kansas City Union Station and arriving at Springfield Amtrak Station via St. Louis Gateway Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 34m.

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The distance between Kansas City and Springfield is 269 miles. The road distance is 339.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Kansas City to Springfield without a car is to bus and train which takes 7h 11m and costs $60 - $140.

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It takes approximately 7h 11m to get from Kansas City to Springfield, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Kansas City to Springfield is to train which takes 8h 34m and costs $75 - $200. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $180 - $950 and takes 6h 55m.

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There is no direct flight from Kansas City Airport to Springfield Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 33m and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Kansas City to Springfield.
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  • Distance: 269.2 miles
  • Duration: 7h 11m

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

You can take a train from Kansas City to Springfield via St. Louis Gateway Station in around 8h 34m. Alternatively, United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Kansas City to Springfield every 4 hours.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Kansas City to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $420
Flights from Kansas City to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Kansas City to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Kansas City to Springfield via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Kansas City to Peoria via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Kansas City to Peoria via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Kansas City to Peoria via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Kansas City to Springfield via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Kansas City to Peoria via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Kansas City to Peoria via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Kansas City to Peoria via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Kansas City to Decatur via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Kansas City to Decatur via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $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 St. Louis Gateway Station to Springfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Kansas City Union Station to St. Louis Gateway Station
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
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 Chicago Union Station to Springfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$21 - $30
Business Seat
$35 - $50
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
4h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
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 Peoria Citylink Tranist to Springfield, IL
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Other operators
Taxi from Decatur to Springfield
Ave. Duration
50m
Estimated price
$120 - $150

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Kansas City to Springfield is 340 miles. It takes approximately 5h 38m to drive from Kansas City to Springfield.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Kansas City Airport to Springfield Airport.

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There are 36+ hotels available in Springfield. 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 56m and costs $2.

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