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Travel time from Kansas City (Kansas) to St. Louis



Kansas City (Kansas) to St. Louis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Kansas City (Kansas) to St. Louis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach St. Louis, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Thursday, 8:15 am:  start in Kansas City (Kansas)
drive for about 45 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:55 am at the latest

9:00 am:  Kansas City International (MCI)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:25 am

9:30 am:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

10:30 am:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

11:00 am:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

11:15 am:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:25 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 5 minutes

11:30 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 10 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:40 am:  wheels up! take-off from MCI
fly for about 38 minutes in the air

12:18 pm (local time):  Lambert-St. Louis International (STL)
St. Louis is the same time as Kansas City (Kansas)
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

12:23 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at STL
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 36 minutes to your destination

1:00 pm (local time):  arrive in St. Louis

Total travel time: 5 hours




Flying non-stop from Kansas City (Kansas) to St. Louis

How far is St. Louis from Kansas City (Kansas)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 238 miles or 384 km

Flight time: 40 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 4 hours, 45 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.3x faster, and saves you about 4 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.



Best day of the week to fly to St. Louis

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from MCI to STL, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.




Airlines that fly to St. Louis

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)




Plan a trip to St. Louis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Saint Louis, Missouri. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in St. Louis. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. A great place to eat might be Pappy's Smokehouse. Trippy members can suggest things to do in St. Louis like Forest Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about St. Louis like Good St. Louis dines? Click the button below to explore St. Louis in detail.






What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from St. Louis to Kansas City (Kansas), or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a St. Louis to Kansas City (Kansas) road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from St. Louis to Kansas City (Kansas)?

If you happen to know Kansas City (Kansas), don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Kansas City (Kansas)!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 238 miles
flight time of 40 minutes
16 Kansas City (Kansas) travel answers
47 St. Louis travel answers

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St. Louis Airports
  1. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
  2. MidAmerica St. Louis Airport



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