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

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Fly from Reagan Washington  •  5h 19m

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Kansas City (MCI) DCA - MCI

$80 - $285

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Train to Baltimore, fly  •  5h 39m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Kansas City (MCI) BWI - MCI

$120 - $403

Fly from Washington Dulles  •  5h 53m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Kansas City (MCI) IAD - MCI

$220 - $470

Bus  •  27h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Washington to Pittsburgh "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh to Kansas City "Greyhound"

$119 - $167

Train, bus  •  28h 18m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Pittsburgh Amtrak Station Capitol Limited
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh to Kansas City "Greyhound"

$129 - $181

Train, bus via Indianapolis  •  30h 5m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Indianapolis Cardinal
  2. Take the bus from Indianapolis to Kansas City "Greyhound"

$129 - $184

Train  •  31h 58m

  1. Take the train from Rockville Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to St. Louis
  3. Take the train from St. Louis to Kansas City

$163 - $244

Drive  •  17h 52m

  1. Drive from Washington to Kansas City 1072.4 miles

$100 - $160

Washington to Kansas City by bus

The bus journey time between Washington and Kansas City is around 30h 25m and covers a distance of around 1151 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 30h 25m. Services are operated by Greyhound USA. Typically six buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The cost-effective way to get from Washington to Kansas City is to drive, which costs $100 - $160 and takes 17h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Kansas City is to fly which costs $75 - $290 and takes 5h 19m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from Washington and arriving at Kansas City via Pittsburgh. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Washington station to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from FARRAGUT NORTH station and arriving at Kansas City via Rockville Amtrak, Chicago Union Station and St. Louis. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31h 58m.

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The distance between Washington and Kansas City is 946 miles. The road distance is 1072.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Kansas City without a car is to bus which takes 27h 10m and costs $110 - $170.

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It takes approximately 5h 19m to get from Washington to Kansas City, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Washington to Kansas City is to fly which takes 5h 19m and costs $75 - $290. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $170 and takes 27h 10m, you could also train, which costs $160 - $250 and takes 31h 58m.

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  • Distance: 946.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 19m

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and Kansas City, MO, USA?

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Washington to Kansas City hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to Kansas City via Pittsburgh in around 27h 10m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $330
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $350
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $340
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $330
Flights from Baltimore to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $340
Flights from Baltimore to Kansas City via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $360
Flights from Baltimore to Kansas City via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Washington Dulles to Kansas City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Washington Dulles to Kansas City via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $320
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $470
Flights from Baltimore to Kansas City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Baltimore to Kansas City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $450
Flights from Washington Dulles to Kansas City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $420
Flights from Washington Dulles to Kansas City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $450
Flights from Washington Dulles to Kansas City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $460
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Baltimore to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Washington Dulles to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Baltimore to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Washington Dulles to Kansas City via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
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 Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Washington Union Station to Pittsburgh Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Premium
$220 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Business Seat
$80 - $120
Train from Washington Union Station to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Premium
$280 - $390
Flexi Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Business Seat
$160 - $230
Train from Rockville Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Train from St. Louis to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Once 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 Washington to Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $85
Bus from Pittsburgh to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
19h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$85 - $120
Flexible
$130 - $190
Bus from Indianapolis to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $75
Flexible
$85 - $120

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Kansas City Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 40m.

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

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Kansas City is 1h behind Washington. It is currently 4:02 PM in Washington and 3:02 PM in Kansas City.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Kansas City is 1072 miles. It takes approximately 17h 52m to drive from Washington to Kansas City.

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Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Kansas City Airport.

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There are 499+ hotels available in Kansas City. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Reagan Washington Airport is to subway which takes 15 min and costs $2 - $3.

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