There are 5 ways to get from Kansas City to Springfield by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  7 h 26 min

  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 Lincoln Service / ...

$60 - $135

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Train  •  8 h 34 min

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

$80 - $192

Drive  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Kansas City to Springfield 339.7 miles

$30 - $50

Fly to Springfield  •  5 h 46 min

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

$196 - $918

Fly to St. Louis, train  •  6 h 36 min

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

$164 - $380

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

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

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

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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 7 h 26 min and costs $60 - $140.

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It takes approximately 7 h 26 min to get from Kansas City to Springfield, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Kansas City to Springfield is to train which takes 8 h 34 min and costs $75 - $200. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $190 - $950 and takes 5 h 46 min.

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There is no direct flight from Kansas City Airport to Springfield Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 33 min 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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Yes, the driving distance between Kansas City to Springfield is 340 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 38 min to drive from Kansas City to Springfield.

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

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  • Distance: 269.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 26 min

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 8 h 34 min. Alternatively, United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Kansas City to Springfield every 3 hours.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Kansas City to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $420
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Kansas City to Springfield via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Kansas City to Springfield via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Springfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
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 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
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70

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