Kansas City travel guide

Kansas City Tourism | Kansas City Guide

You're Going to Love Kansas City

With a population of 459.787, Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri, United States by the number of inhabitants. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Kansas City deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Kansas City

Downtown is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Kansas City. These include popular favourites such as Farina (19 west 19th street), The Westside Local (1663 Summit St) and Extra Virgin - Kansas City (1900 Main). If you’re looking for affordable options, Café Trio (4558 Main Street) and Webster House (1644 Wyandotte St) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Mesob Restaurant & Rum Bar - 3601 Broadway Blvd (3601 Broadway Blvd) and XR (2107 Central St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Kansas City.

When to visit Kansas City

Kansas City in January
Estimated hotel price
$197
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kansas City in January
Estimated hotel price
$197
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Kansas City in July, when the average temperature is 26 °C, and the highest can go up to 31 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -7 °C, with an average temperature of -2 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 132 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Kansas City, with an average rainfall of 28 mm.

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How to Get to Kansas City

Plane

Kansas City is served by 2 airports: Kansas City Downtown (MKC) and Kansas City Airport (MCI). The closest to the city centre of Kansas City is Kansas City Downtown, which is located 6 km from the city centre. Further away is Kansas City Airport, 28 km from the centre of Kansas City.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Kansas City. The train journey from Kansas City to St. Louis takes 5h 40m and costs around $53 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Chicago, expect to pay about $96 for a 11h 01m trip. The train station in Kansas City is called Kansas City, and is located 1.9 km from the city centre.

Bus

Kansas City’s bus station is located 4 km from the city centre.

Plane

Kansas City is served by 2 airports: Kansas City Downtown (MKC) and Kansas City Airport (MCI). The closest to the city centre of Kansas City is Kansas City Downtown, which is located 6 km from the city centre. Further away is Kansas City Airport, 28 km from the centre of Kansas City.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Kansas City. The train journey from Kansas City to St. Louis takes 5h 40m and costs around $53 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Chicago, expect to pay about $96 for a 11h 01m trip. The train station in Kansas City is called Kansas City, and is located 1.9 km from the city centre.

Bus

Kansas City’s bus station is located 4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Kansas City

Airlines serving Kansas City

Lufthansa
Good (4,691 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (961 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,555 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,235 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,608 reviews)
Air France
Good (984 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,988 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,067 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (839 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,807 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (536 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,570 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (4,574 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,369 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kansas City

Average rates range from around $341 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $726 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include TownePlace Suites by Marriott Kansas City at Briarcliff and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Kansas City Liberty. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Kansas City, with prices from $85 to $396 per night. Downtown is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Kansas City are about 107% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Northland - In Kansas City’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Drury Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Kansas City Airport and Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff.

Plaza Westport - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as The Fontaine, The Raphael Hotel Autograph Collection and Hilton Kansas City Country Club Plaza. The average nightly price for a double room in Plaza Westport is $212.

Downtown - Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown, Ambassador Hotel Kansas City Autograph Collection and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Downtown will cost you about $202 per night.

Northland - In Kansas City’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Drury Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Kansas City Airport and Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff.
Plaza Westport - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as The Fontaine, The Raphael Hotel Autograph Collection and Hilton Kansas City Country Club Plaza. The average nightly price for a double room in Plaza Westport is $212.
Downtown - Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown, Ambassador Hotel Kansas City Autograph Collection and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Downtown will cost you about $202 per night.
Most popular hotel in Kansas City by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Kansas City

Most booked hotels in Kansas City

Drury Inn & Suites Kansas City Overland Park
3 stars
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
$208+
Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City - Independence
3 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$226+
The Fontaine
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$279+
21c Museum Hotel Kansas City
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$242+
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$291+
Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$191+

Hiring a car in Kansas City

Hiring a car in Kansas City costs $63 per day, on average, or $126 if you want to hire it for 2 days. Alamo, Dollar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Kansas City is the Dollar branch at 1 Nassau Circle, which is 28 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.50 per litre in Kansas City (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $17.92 and $23.89. The most frequently booked car type in Kansas City is Intermediate (Honda CR-V or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Class Economy Car or similar) is, on average, 56% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Kansas City costs $63 per day, on average, or $126 if you want to hire it for 2 days. Alamo, Dollar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Kansas City is the Dollar branch at 1 Nassau Circle, which is 28 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.50 per litre in Kansas City (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $17.92 and $23.89. The most frequently booked car type in Kansas City is Intermediate (Honda CR-V or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Class Economy Car or similar) is, on average, 56% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.