I travel for work during the week and spend my weekends at home in Kansas City. One of the ways that I make my crazy schedule work for me is by traveling by train to and from Kansas City each week instead of driving. The train trip is only slightly longer from Kansas City to St. Louis. but by taking the train it frees up my time to do other things during the trip besides pay attention to driving. I often do my “office work” while sitting on the train and now that Amtrak has recently added Wi-Fi to the “Missouri River Runner” train I can get even more done on the 4+ hours that my trip takes. You can get more information on buying a ticket at www.amtrak.com.
Kansas City Train Stations
There are 3 possible train stations to travel from in the Kansas City area . . . downtown at Union Station, Independence and Lees Summit. After leaving Lees Summit the train makes 7 more stops: Warrensburg, Sedalia, Jefferson City, Hermann, Washington, Kirkwood and Downtown St. Louis. I use the Kirkwood stop in St. Louis because it is the most convenient for me and they have free parking in the lot on the south side of the tracks. Be sure to go into the station to get a parking pass so you don’t get towed if you are leaving your car for a few days.
Tips to Make the Trip Easier
#1 – Only bring what you can carry
#2 – Take your own food for a healthier selection
#3 – Take a cup of ice if you’ll want more for a drink than the tiny little cup of ice they will give you in the Café car
#4 – Book your ticket in the Business Class section if you want to work and need a quiet environment
#5 – Buy your ticket as early as possible since the price goes up the closer you get to the trip
These are my basic tips to make the trip easier. If you have any questions leave me a comment and I’ll tell you anything else I know to make your trip easier!