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There are 4 ways to get from Kansas City to St Louis by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  4h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Kansas City to St Louis "Greyhound"

$30 - $45

3 alternative options

Train  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the train from Kansas City to St. Louis Missouri River Runner

$40 - $60

Drive  •  4h 9m

  1. Drive from Kansas City to St Louis 249.2 miles

$24 - $35

Fly  •  3h 44m

  1. Fly from Kansas City (MCI) to St. Louis (STL) MCI - STL

$113 - $293

Kansas City to St Louis by bus

The bus journey time between Kansas City and St Louis is around 5h 22m and covers a distance of around 256 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 4h 25m. Services are operated by Greyhound USA. Typically 14 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
5h 22m
Fastest bus time:
4h 25m
Buses per week:
14
Cheapest price:
$30
Carbon emissions:
51 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
08:20
Last bus departs at:
17:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Kansas City to St Louis bus schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
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  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in St Louis is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in St Louis is recommended.

The social distance requirement in St Louis is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 16 Jun 2021
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The most affordable way to get from Kansas City to St Louis is to drive, which costs $24 - $35 and takes 4h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Kansas City to St Louis is to fly which costs $110 - $300 and takes 3h 44m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Kansas City and arriving at St Louis. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Kansas City and arriving at St. Louis. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 40m.

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The distance between Kansas City and St Louis is 239 miles. The road distance is 249.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Kansas City to St Louis without a car is to bus which takes 4h 25m and costs $30 - $45.

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The bus from Kansas City to St Louis takes 4h 25m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Kansas City to St Louis bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Kansas City station.

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

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The best way to get from Kansas City to St Louis is to bus which takes 4h 25m and costs $30 - $45. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $40 - $60 and takes 5h 40m, you could also fly, which costs $110 - $300 and takes 3h 44m.

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Map of how to get from Kansas City to St Louis.
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  • Distance: 239.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 25m

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Kansas City to St Louis twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 4h 25m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Kansas City to St. Louis twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 5h 40m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Kansas City to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $330
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 to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Seat
$70 - $100
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 to St Louis
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $45
Flexible
$55 - $80

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The quickest flight from Kansas City Airport to St. Louis Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Kansas City to St Louis bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at St Louis station.

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Kansas City to St Louis train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at St. Louis station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kansas City to St Louis is 249 miles. It takes approximately 4h 9m to drive from Kansas City to St Louis.

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

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There are 179+ hotels available in St Louis. 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 54 min and costs .

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