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Feb 15th, 2014, 01:32 AM
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Train or bus from Kansas City to New York City

Hi all I'm planning on spending some time in Kansas City and would like to go to NYC for a few days. Are there any cool trains or buses?
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Feb 15th, 2014, 05:23 AM
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IMHO, there's no such thing as a cool bus.

Either the train or the bus will take you about 3 days round trip. It's about 1200 miles each way. If you only have a few days, that could be a problem.
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Feb 15th, 2014, 05:38 AM
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No. The only sensile thing if you have a few days is to fly. Check for any low cost airlines for the city you will be in. Your only other option is the bus - which is likely to be tacky - not cool - and take forever to get there.

Not sure where you are from - but this is a very large country - and Kansas to NYC is 1500 miles and essentially 24 hours - if multiple drivers could take turns driving around the clock. Check Greyhound for schedules and costs for bus. Train would be much more complicated and expensive.

Also - NYC tends to be much more expensive than Kansas - really the only budget times are Jan/Feb - when the weather is ery wintry (although perhaps not more snow and cold than Kansas).

I beleive you are potentially coming here as an exchange student and would do some research on the weather - which may be very different from what you are used to (very cold and snowy winters and summers that can be hellishly hot).
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Feb 15th, 2014, 05:40 AM
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You could fly, probably for less than a train or bus if Southwest serves your area.
Go to Chicago instead.
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Feb 15th, 2014, 10:40 AM
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You might want to take a look at Chicago. Its not NYC, but has a lot to offer and is a much more doable trip from Kansas City.
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Feb 15th, 2014, 03:13 PM
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Southwest serves Kansas City.
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Feb 15th, 2014, 05:55 PM
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Flying is not only much faster but if you shop for fares is usually cheaper than train.
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Feb 16th, 2014, 05:22 AM
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OK, I have a lot of time in Kansas so that's not a problem and also I don't mind taking the train even if it does take longer, because I like seeing the land that I'm in.
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Feb 16th, 2014, 05:24 AM
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Oh, I'm from South Africa, and I'm living in Dubai - the heat doesn't scare me, but I've never even seen snow. Thanks for the tips.
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Feb 16th, 2014, 06:04 AM
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I really don't think you understand trains over a long distance in the US. They are invariably late and slow.
Chicago is a GREAT city. Don't overlook it.
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Feb 16th, 2014, 09:57 AM
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Yes, but much of the land you're seeing is a whole lot of not much.

And I don;t think you understand the schedules. There are a grand total of 6 stations in Kansas - not sure if you will be near one. And from the station there is 1 (ONE) train per day that goes to Chicago. Have not checked the details - but it looks like one train per day going east and one going west.
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Feb 16th, 2014, 12:16 PM
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I looked it up: it is 7+ hours by train from KC to Chicago, then something like a 6 hour wait, and then 20+ hours by train from Chicago to NYC.

I enjoy train US train travel, but even for me this is too much discomfort, smelly toilets, and vending-machine quality food. If you are wanting to go in winter (since you mention seeing snow) there is also the danger that the whole journey is slowed down or cancelled due to the tracks not being passable.

So I too suggest that if you really want to travel by train and see some snow, you set your sites on the great city of Chicago. If it really has to be NYC, then take the plane.

(LOL ny, I will assume you misread and know perfectly well that Kansas City (the one with the train station) is in Missouri.)
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Feb 16th, 2014, 06:28 PM
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Amtrak lists 6 stations in Kansas - but perhaps they aren't really on the train - but a bus to a train - not sure. Or is the OP going to be in Kansas City (I didn;t realize that).
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May 8th, 2014, 01:52 AM
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Thanks for all the replies, I have had to change my journey plannes. So this trip unfortunately won't be happening.
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May 8th, 2014, 06:02 AM
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There's only one train station in Kansas City, but there are several bus stations. Amtrak probably runs buses from those to the main station.
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May 8th, 2014, 06:58 AM
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On the other hand there is only one restroom on a bus but there are several in each coach car on an Amtrak train.
The fare on the Southwest Chief and the Lake Shore Limited is $167 up to about 200 if you wait and buy your ticket last minute. The layover in Chicago is about 6 hours so you should not have to worry about a missed connection.
I'll only ride a bus if Amtrak isn't going where I want to go.
If you want to get from Kansas City to New York in less than 40 hours, you will have to fly.
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