Positioned in the Heart of America, Kansas City’s central location makes it easily accessible by interstates and highways, as well as a quick flight from just about anywhere in the nation. And once you arrive, everything is within reach.


Flying to KC

Kansas City is the most centrally located major metropolitan area in the United States, making it accessible from nearly anywhere in the nation. If you're flying, Kansas City is just a three-hour flight from either coast.

US Flight Map

Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is located 19 miles northwest of downtown Kansas City. KCI offers: 

  • 11 airlines, 50 non-stop destinations and more than 400 daily flights
  • Within a 3-hour flight from either coast
  • 55 million people within a day’s drive

Private and Charter Options

KC Streetcar


The two-mile, north-south KC Downtown Streetcar starter line runs from River Market to the historic Union Station, traveling mostly along Main Street. Areas serviced include the Central Business/Convention District, the Power & Light District and Crown Center—not to mention the numerous business, restaurants, art galleries and residences along the way. Learn more.

  • FREE to ride
  • 16 stops -- with 13 shelters and digital kiosks
  • Bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers welcome with boarding and disembarking from middle car
  • Service animals and dogs in small carriers welcome

Ground Transportation

Bike Share

BCycle is a 24/7 public bike share system for short trips. They offer 30 stations serving Downtown, Westport, the Country Club Plaza, KCAI and The Nelson-Atkins Museum, 18th & Vine Jazz District and the Trolley Track Trail. Learn more.

Ride Share

Kansas City is an Uber-friendly community on both sides of the state line. Additionally, there are options such as Z-Trip.


The Metro
Kansas City’s public bus system, serves all of the major metropolitan areas, plus most adjacent communities. The Metro operates at KCI Airport Monday through Friday.

The Metro Area Express (MAX) bus rapid transit line connects the River Market, Downtown, Crown Center and the Country Club Plaza entertainment districts with fast, frequent and easy-to-use service. Easily identifiable traffic shelters are located along the route with real-time digital displays indicating next bus arrival time and connecting service.

Rental Cars

Many rental car companies are available at KCI Airport and throughout the city.

  • ACE, 816-464-2100
  • Fox, 816-464-2100
  • Alamo, 816-464-5151
  • Hertz, 816-243-5765
  • Avis, 816-243-5760
  • National, 816-243-5770
  • Budget, 816-243-5757
  • Payless, 800-258-2100
  • Dollar, 800-800-4000
  • Thrifty, 816-464-5600
  • Enterprise, 816-464-2500

Taxi & Car Service

Taxi and car services are available throughout the Kansas City metro area. Taxi stands are located at all major hotels, shopping and entertainment districts. Taxi fare starts at $2.50 with an additional $2 per mile and $1 for any time spent waiting in traffic. Traveling from the airport to downtown via taxi will cost you about $50.

Phones for taxi service are located both inside and outside each terminal at baggage claim areas, and at other convenient locations outside terminal exits.


KC Metro Map

Printable Maps

Need to find your way around Kansas City? View our maps section for landmark highlights, points of interests, major roads and highways, and neighborhoods located throughout the KC Metro area.

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