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Missouri travel options...

...between Kansas City and St. Louis (without leaving the ground)

Travelers between Kansas City and St. Louis typically think of two choices – drive or fly. But there are other options. Amtrak, Greyhound, and Megabus can get you across the state in as little as 4 hours and 30 minutes. There's no round-trip discount, so you're free to "mix and match" – for example, go by Greyhound or Megabus and return by Amtrak. Note that both Greyhound and Amtrak now serve the new Gateway Station in St. Louis, adjacent to MetroLink.

Eastbound, Kansas City ---> St. Louis
Carrier
 
Depart
 
Arrive
  Stops
 
07:45
 
12:10
  Boonville, Columbia, St. Louis
 
08:15
 
13:55
  St. Louis and intermediate stops – see notes
 
11:30
 
16:20
  Columbia, St. Louis
 
13:15
 
17:40
  Boonville, Columbia, St. Louis
 
16:00
 
21:40
  St. Louis and intermediate stops – see notes
 
20:30
 
01:00
  St. Louis (non-stop)
 
22:20
 
02:20
  Boonville, Columbia, St. Louis

Westbound, St. Louis ---> Kansas City
Carrier
 
Depart
 
Arrive
  Stops
 
05:30
 
10:00
  Kansas City (non-stop)
 
07:30
 
11:55
  Columbia, Boonville, Kansas City
 
09:15
 
14:55
  Kansas City and intermediate stops – see notes
 
14:45
 
19:30
  Columbia, Kansas City
 
16:00
 
21:40
  Kansas City and intermediate stops – see notes
 
18:15
 
22:40
  Columbia, Boonville, Kansas City

Notes:

A - Amtrak
  Tickets by phone, 1-800-872-7245, or www.amtrak.com. Reservations required. Stops at Independence, Lee's Summit, Warrensburg, Sedalia, Jefferson City, Hermann, Washington, Kirkwood. One-way fare: typically $26, but higher on busy days. On-time performance, previously a concern, is now better than 90 percent)
  Stations
Kansas City
- Union Station, Pershing and Main - Transit Routes MAX, 27, 51, 57, 142, others
St. Louis - Gateway Station, 430 S 15th. - Transit routes MetroLink and many bus routes

   
   
G - Greyhound
  Tickets by phone, 1-800-231-2222, or www.greyhound.com. Intermediate stops – Boonville, Columbia (see schedule). One-way fare: typically $42.00, less for 7-day or 14-day advance purchase.
  Bus Terminals
Kansas City
- 1101 Troost - Transit routes 12, 25
St. Louis - Gateway Station, 430 S 15th. - Transit routes MetroLink and many bus routes
   
   
M - Megabus
  Tickets available only through website, www.megabus.com. Intermediate stop at Columbia (see schedule). One-way fare typically $1 but typically $20 or more, depending on how far in advance you reserve.
  On-street boarding locations
Kansas City
- 3rd and Grand Transit Center – Transit routes MAX, 57, 110, 173
St. Louis - On 20th at Market St. (west side of Union Station) - MetroLink and other transit routes nearby

Schedules and fares subject to change. Make your plans early for best fares.

Transit Information:
  St. Louis www.metrostlouis.org 314-231-2345
  Kansas City www.kcata.org 816-221-0660

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Prepared by the Thomas Hart Benton Group of the Sierra Club, Kansas City, Missouri.     www.sierraclub.org/missouri/thb

Last update: November 30, 2010