KANSAS CITY TRANSPORTATION
Kansas City International Airport (KCI) is a midsize airport with excellent service throughout the Midwest and good service for the rest of the nation and Canada. Its central geographic location and low congestion make it an attraction alternative to changing planes in Chicago for domestic flights. There are numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, WiFi among its passenger amenities.
Plane landing at KCI Airport
Car Rentals: Ace, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. The most direct route to Downtown when you leave the airport is I-29 freeway, which connects to I-35 freeway, then take Independence Ave, follow the signs. Taxis: Catch a taxi to downtown KC for ~$35 at the baggage claim level of each terminal.
Amtrak Missouri: Kansas City-Jefferson City-St. Louis-Springfield-Chicago
Union Station, Kansas City
As upgrades incrementally complete through 2015, Amtrak service in Chicago-Springfield-St. Louis corridor will be upgraded to 110 mph and many daily trains. Then later this decade, Amtrak service in the St. Louis-Jefferson City-Kansas City and Chicago-Milwaukee-Madison-Minneapolis corridors will be upgraded to 110 mph and more daily trains as well. For context on this important subject, see Interstate High Speed Rail.
This car happy region is waking up to the need for light rail and rapid bus transit. Both modes of transit are under study.
Kansas City Freeway System makes ample use of its prairie space with one of nation's most extensive and modern freeway systems. It is designed to get you quickly to Downtown, the airport and several smaller business centers throughout the region. Freeway drivers here tend to be some of the most courteous in the nation. Nevertheless, freeways radiating from downtown and the airport are often clogged during rush hour. Freeway and major boulevard names are:
29 Interstate from Omaha to Kansas City
35 Interstate from Des Moines to Kansas City to Dallas
69 US Route through KC, Kansas and points south to Overland Park
70 Interstate from St. Louis to Kansas City to Denver
71 US Route connects Downtown points south
169 US Route from north to downtown Kansas City
435 Interstate beltway around greater Kansas City
470 Interstate connector between I-70 and US 71 in southwest KC
635 Interstate connector between I-29 and I-35
670 Interstate cross-downtown connector to I-70 and I-35