Fun Ways to Get Around Kansas City

(Almost) No Car Needed

By Lysa Allman-Baldwin

America has a love affair with its cars. But in Kansas City, there are a lot of fun ways to explore get around town without being in the driver’s seat.

Pedal power

Among the most popular, budget-friendly modes of transportation in town is Kansas City B-cycle, a 24/7 public bike sharing system perfect for short, all day or multi-day jaunts around the city.

Just hop on a bike at any of the 41 stations located in Waldo, Downtown KC, the 18th & Vine Jazz District or Brookside, just to name a few, and when you're through, simply leave it at any other station for the next cycle enthusiast!

Get your (segway) motor runnin'

Segway, Bike and Stroll offers a taste of the city via a variety of themed Segway, bicycle and foot tours. “Art & Glide” explores the fountains and outdoor art of the Country Club Plaza, while “Museums, Parks & History” highlights the art and architecture of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Westport and other cultural spots.

Want to eat and ride? Try “BBQ, Brews & Bites,” a half-day bicycle adventure meandering through some of the city's hippest neighborhoods, stopping along the way to sample great food and beverages. 

Two if by sea

Located along Brush Creek, Ambiance on the Water is a fun way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other special event in a gondola.

Accommodating up to six people, the gondolas offer a relaxing picturesque float along the creek, with special extras like a sparkling beverage, roses, a box of assorted chocolates, balloons or cake, depending on the occasion.

Trolley, by golly!

Sit back, take in the sites, and let someone else drive on Kansas City Fun Tours. Enjoy a fully narrated, 75-minute rolling history tour in an authentic, air conditioned trolley while learning about city favorites including historic Union Station, the Arabia Steamboat Museum, National WWI Museum and Memorial, The City Market and the Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, among others.

Hoofing it

Kansas City Carriages is an exciting return to the horse and buggy era, featuring almost year-round, leisurely, evening rides around the Country Club Plaza.

Choose from a standard carriage, Cinderella coach for up to six adults, vintage carriage carrying two to 12 people, or a sleigh for large groups up to 22. For a date night experience, the intimate Sweetheart and Princess Packages for two include a dozen red roses.

Photo courtesy of jrussell.196 via Flickr.

Riding the Rails

Another modern update on a throwback to the past is the KC Streetcar, an all-electric, fixed rail streetcar line extending two miles from the River Market to Union Station. This easy, comfortable and free system encompasses 16 stops, allowing riders to hop-on and hop-off to enjoy an array of eclectic dining, shopping, music, cultural and other offerings throughout downtown.

Running seven days a week, the KC Streetcar accommodates riders on foot, bicycle, wheelchair and with strollers. The 13 digital kiosks along the route provide information about city highlights like the Crossroads Art District, Power & Light District, River Market and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

So ditch the car and explore the city—one bike, Segway, gondola, trolley, horse and buggy or streetcar at a time!

Getting around KC

Arrow Stage Lines

The finest drivers and motorcoaches on the road. Airport transfers, day trips, extended tours, ski trips or convention shuttles. A superior full service transportation company. Offers 14, 21, 47, 50 or 56 passenger vehicles.

Avis Rent A Car Systems, Inc.

Daily, weekly, monthly and one-way rentals available. Nine Kansas City area locations: Downtown, North Kansas City, Independence, Overland Park, KCI Airport, Merriam, Olathe, Lawrence and Topeka. Pick-up Available.

Carey Kansas City

The Kansas City Transportation Group (KCTG) is Kansas City’s largest full-line ground transportation company. With three divisions -- SuperShuttle, Carey Limousine and Yellow Cab -- a fleet of more than 400 vehicles and a staff of more than 650 transportation professionals, KCTG is uniquely qualified to provide the highest quality ground transportation services available. Our mission is to “Provide safe, on time service at a level that exceeds our client’s expectations”. Our strongest advantage is that we truly offer one source for all your transportation needs.

Gangster Tour

Public Tours Every Saturday at 10am and 1pm Private Tours available for 15 Guests or more on request Pick up and Drop off at Union Station 816-471-1234 Allow 90+ Minutes The Kansas City Gangster Tour is an interactive experience that tells the story of the Boss Tom Pendergast Era of Kansas City. Tour guide Johnny Holiday, with the help of some friends on Gangster TV, conducts the Tour. Guests will see the locations of speakeasies, sites of infamous murders, pictures and video from the period, and learn the meaning of "Wide Open Town".

Heartland Trailways

With more than 19 years in the transportation industry, serving the Kansas City, Lawrence, Columbia, Springfield, Omaha, Des Moines and St. Louis markets, we have come to know exactly what it takes to make the most of every excursion. Whether you are looking for a day trip of local sightseeing, a multiple week tour of North America or anything in between... Heartland Trailways knows how to make your trip a magical one. Please take some time and enjoy our Web site: Get to know who we are and how we got here.

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

Attendees can get to convention meetings and other activities on RideKC Bus and RideKC MAX bus rapid transit. Frequent service to KC's booming downtown featuring its Power & Light District, Crown Center, Country Club Plaza and other attractions such as shopping centers, the airport, Worlds of Fun, area casinos and museums. All of these services and more at affordable fares: $1.50 one-way. Or buy $3 All Day Pass on buses. Wheelchair accessible buses. For route information or easy, convenient online trip planning, go to Or call 816-221-0660.

Kansas City Aviation Department

More than 400 employees and associates coordinate their efforts to keep cargo and air services to the Kansas City region at peak levels of efficiency, convenience, comfort and safety.