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



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

How long does it really take to fly from St. Louis to Kansas City (Kansas)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Kansas City (Kansas), 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, 7:09 am:  start in St. Louis
drive for about 36 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:40 am at the latest

7:45 am:  Lambert-St. Louis International (STL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:10 am

8:15 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

9:15 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

9:45 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

10:00 am:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:10 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 10 minutes

10:20 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 9 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:29 am:  wheels up! take-off from STL
fly for about 45 minutes in the air

11:14 am (local time):  Kansas City International (MCI)
Kansas City (Kansas) is the same time as St. Louis
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

11:19 am (local time):  arrive at the gate at MCI
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 46 minutes to your destination

12:05 pm (local time):  arrive in Kansas City (Kansas)

Total travel time: 5 hours




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

How far is Kansas City (Kansas) from St. Louis? 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: 45 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, 56 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.1x 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 Kansas City (Kansas)

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from STL to MCI, 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 Kansas City (Kansas)

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 Kansas City (Kansas)

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Kansas City, Missouri. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Kansas City (Kansas). A great place to eat might be Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Kansas City (Kansas) like Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Kansas City (Kansas) like What is there to do in Kansas City, MO? Click the button below to explore Kansas City (Kansas) 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 Kansas City (Kansas) to St. Louis, 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 Kansas City (Kansas) to St. Louis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Kansas City (Kansas) to St. Louis?

If you happen to know St. Louis, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about St. Louis!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 238 miles
flight time of 45 minutes
47 St. Louis travel answers
15 Kansas City (Kansas) travel answers








Kansas City (Kansas) Airports
  1. Kansas City International Airport



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