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

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Fly  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Kansas City (MCI) SAN - MCI

$154 - $504

3 alternative options

Bus  •  36 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca 7000 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Kansas City, Mo 1684

$157 - $408

Train  •  37 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Fullerton Amtrak Station to Kansas City Union Station Southwest Chief

$250 - $765

Drive  •  26 h 2 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Kansas City 1705.3 miles

$160 - $250

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Kansas City is to drive which costs $160 - $250 and takes 26 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Kansas City is to fly which costs $150 - $550 and takes 5 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Kansas City, Mo via San Bernardino, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Kansas City station. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Kansas City Union Station via Fullerton Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37 h 40 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Kansas City is 1342 miles. The road distance is 1705.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Kansas City without a car is to bus which takes 36 h 20 min and costs $150 - $410.

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It takes approximately 5 h 40 min to get from San Diego to Kansas City, including transfers.

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San Diego to Kansas City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca station.

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San Diego to Kansas City train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Kansas City is to fly which takes 5 h 40 min and costs $150 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $150 - $410 and takes 36 h 20 min, you could also train, which costs $250 - $800 and takes 37 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Kansas City.
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  • Distance: 1342.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 40 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Kansas City, MO, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and two other airlines fly from San Diego to Kansas City every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Kansas City via San Bernardino, Ca in around 36 h 20 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Kansas City via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Kansas City via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Kansas City via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Kansas City via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,400
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
Train from Fullerton Amtrak Station to Kansas City Union Station
Ave. Duration
34 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$390 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$470 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
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 San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
32 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $370
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$140 - $240
Flexible
$280 - $370

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Kansas City Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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San Diego to Kansas City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Kansas City, Mo station.

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Kansas City is 2 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 4:46 AM in San Diego and 6:46 AM in Kansas City.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Kansas City is 1705 miles. It takes approximately 26 h 2 min to drive from San Diego to Kansas City.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Kansas City Airport.

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Book your San Diego to Kansas City bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 205+ hotels available in Kansas City. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs $2 - $3.

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