St. Louis travel guide

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You're Going to Love St. Louis

With a population of 319,294, St. Louis is a must-see destination in Missouri, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in St. Louis to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in St. Louis

Downtown is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in St. Louis. These include popular favourites such as Hamilton's Urban Steakhouse and Bourbon Bar (2101 Chouteau Ave), The London Tea Room (1900 Locust St) and Tony's - St. Louis (410 Market St.). If you’re looking for affordable options, Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria - Rock Hill (9568 Manchester Rd.) and The Tavern Kitchen & Bar - West (2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd. Suite 101) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Eclipse Restaurant (6177 Delmar Blvd in The Loop) and Mississippi Bistro (999 N 2nd St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in St. Louis.

When to visit St. Louis

St. Louis in January
Estimated hotel price
$211
1 night at 3-star hotel
St. Louis in January
Estimated hotel price
$211
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to St. Louis in July, when the average temperature is 27 °C, and the highest can go up to 32 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -5 °C, with an average temperature of 0 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 119 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in St. Louis, with an average rainfall of 56 mm.

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How to Get to St. Louis

Plane

When flying to St. Louis, you’ll arrive at St. Louis Lambert Airport (STL), which is located 20 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to St. Louis from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 26h 12m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to St. Louis. The train journey from St. Louis to Chicago takes 4h 46m and costs around $45 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Kansas City, expect to pay about $54 for a 5h 40m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, St. Louis Gateway Station is the busiest station in St. Louis. Another popular train station is St. Louis Union, located 0.6 km from the centre.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to St. Louis, including Greyhound, FlixBus and Bus. From Chicago, the bus ride to St. Louis takes 563 km and will cost you around $116. From Knoxville, the ticket costs about $128 for a journey of 1585 km. The most popular bus station is St. Louis Lambert Field, located 18 km from the city centre of St. Louis. St. Louis Skinker Boulevard is also a commonly used station, and is 9 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to St. Louis, you’ll arrive at St. Louis Lambert Airport (STL), which is located 20 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to St. Louis from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 26h 12m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to St. Louis. The train journey from St. Louis to Chicago takes 4h 46m and costs around $45 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Kansas City, expect to pay about $54 for a 5h 40m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, St. Louis Gateway Station is the busiest station in St. Louis. Another popular train station is St. Louis Union, located 0.6 km from the centre.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to St. Louis, including Greyhound, FlixBus and Bus. From Chicago, the bus ride to St. Louis takes 563 km and will cost you around $116. From Knoxville, the ticket costs about $128 for a journey of 1585 km. The most popular bus station is St. Louis Lambert Field, located 18 km from the city centre of St. Louis. St. Louis Skinker Boulevard is also a commonly used station, and is 9 km from the city centre.

Airports near St. Louis

Airlines serving St. Louis

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,558 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,612 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,296 reviews)
Air France
Good (981 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (487 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,596 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,951 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,122 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,894 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (868 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (924 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,686 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (510 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (4,542 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,357 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (184 reviews)
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Where to stay in St. Louis

From 5-star hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel St Louis to great affordable options like the Aloft St. Louis Cortex, St. Louis offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $290 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $578 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Holiday Inn Express & Suites St Louis Airport and Best Western St. Louis-Kirkwood Route 66. There are also lots of holiday rental options in St. Louis, with prices from $91 to $894 per night. Downtown is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in St. Louis are about 15% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Downtown - In St. Louis’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include The Last Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Downtown/Convention Center and Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Convention Center.

Central West End - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as The Royal Sonesta Chase Park Plaza St Louis, DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park and Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End. The average nightly price for a double room in Central West End is $199.

Downtown - In St. Louis’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include The Last Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Downtown/Convention Center and Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Convention Center.
Central West End - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as The Royal Sonesta Chase Park Plaza St Louis, DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park and Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End. The average nightly price for a double room in Central West End is $199.
Most popular hotel in St. Louis by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of St. Louis

Most booked hotels in St. Louis

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
3 stars
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
$292+
Moonrise Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$183+
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$287+
The Westin St. Louis
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$299+
Hyatt Regency St Louis At The Arch
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$238+
Hollywood Casino St. Louis
3 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
$165+

Hiring a car in St. Louis

Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Dollar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in St. Louis is the Hertz branch at 10278 Natural Bridge Rd, which is 18 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.56 per litre in St. Louis (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $18.67 and $24.89. The most frequently booked car type in St. Louis is Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Honda Fit or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Dollar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in St. Louis is the Hertz branch at 10278 Natural Bridge Rd, which is 18 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.56 per litre in St. Louis (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $18.67 and $24.89. The most frequently booked car type in St. Louis is Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Honda Fit or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.