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obmckinley from Portland Oregon on 6/25/2005 11:49:42 AM:
If there is a good bike riding route from Kansas City airport to an western part of the trail, we would prefer that. Otherwise, is there a Greyhound bus or shuttle?

One of us is blind so we'll be on a tandem (it'll be boxed on the plane and can stay that way if we use a motor vehicle). It usually doesn't fit on a city bus.

Thanks for any answers and advice.

Anonymous on 6/25/2005 11:13:05 PM:
Call B & L Airport Shuttle @660-221-4406 and they will take you and your bike to the start of the trail or anywhere else you need to go.

Steve from Kansas City on 7/18/2005 1:53:36 AM:
Here is a site with maps of on-road bike routes in Missouri. http://www.mobikefed.org/mobikemap2004/ (See maps for Districts 4 and 5) Since the airport is on NW side of KC you can take routes around KC on the north and east, and hook up with the KATY at Clinton, Windsor, Sedalia or Boonville. Or else get a ride to the south side of KC and work your way east to the KATY. Also, Amtrack runs from downtown KC to Sedalia.

Bill from Kansas City on 7/18/2005 3:16:26 PM:
Getting from KC Airport to the trail is not easy. If you just want to ride the trail, I have a suggestion. Fly to St.Louis and get transportation to Old town St. Charles. You might want to call 'The Touring Cyclist' bike shop in old town they may be able to help get you from the airport to old town. I think the number is 636-949-9630. Ask for Chris. If he is still there, he is great. Ride west to Sedalia and take the train back. AMTRACK will take your bike for $10. St Charles is only about 20 miles from the airport. KC airport is about 100 miles from the trail.

stacy from lancaster on 4/21/2017 1:37:59 PM:
Is it possible to take Amtrak from Sedalia to Kansas City airport?

LK from Columbia on 4/21/2017 7:19:04 PM:
A long shot, but I'll mention it anyway. A person flying in to Columbia Regional Airport is only about 5 miles or so from hooking up to the trail south of Easley via lightly traveled country roads. Just saying.

Anonymous on 4/21/2017 8:04:48 PM:
No. Amtrak will take you to Union Station, several miles south of KCI.

Jon from N Texas on 4/22/2017 9:57:06 AM:
The AMTRAK website says there is no checked baggage on the Missouri River Runner. That route does have "roll-aboard" bike service, but only standard-sized bikes.

Seems like the best option is a shuttle services from St Louis to where ever you want to start your ride. They can likely store the tandem box and get you back to the airport at the end of your trip.

The other option is to do an out-and-back round trip ride on the KATY. You could rent a minivan or pickup truck in KC or STL and drive to the trail. The cost of rental car might be similar to the cost of a shuttle depending on how long you need it.

Annette Barnes from Clinton, MO on 4/23/2017 12:10:53 PM:
The best way is to take a bus from KCI to the Amtrack station in KC, hop off at Lee's Summit and then pedal to Pleasant Hill where you can meet the terminus of the current Rock Island line.After a pedal of some 50 miles you arrive in the town of Windsor which is the penultimate town on the Katy trail. If you want to stay overnight at the Haysler House B&B we can rescue you for free and drive you to Clinton.;)

Georges T. Dodds from Montreal, QC, Canada on 8/6/2019 2:31:00 PM:
I'm planning to do the Katy Trail W to E, next summer (2020) + some more after than. I see different options to getting from the Kansas City International Airport to the trailhead in Clinton. (1) a shuttle service, gets you there but rather expensive (>$100). (2) on weekdays, take city bus from airport to downtown and then Lee's Summit Bus (afternoon only) to Lee's Summit, then ride to Pleasant Hill, take Rock Island Spur Trail to Post Oak, the road to Clinton -- that's about 65 mi, or a day's ride to get there. So 5-6 hrs flight + 24 hrs getting to Clinton = approx 30 hrs. (Cheap, <$15) Alternatively, a 37 hr Greyhound ride (Ottawa, ON 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. (+2 days) Clinton, MO) is about 60% the cost of flying and leaves me in downtown Clinton, with no messing around. I've travelled on Greyhound before without any issues, but 37 hrs might be pushing my luck :-) For others, there's a 9:00 a.m. Greyhound from Kansas City, MO to Clinton, MO every weekday (I'm not sure about weekends. Any thoughts, alternatives, horror stories, roads to avoid like the plague (bad surface, insane traffic)? Thanks, G. Dodds

Dean from Columbia on 8/7/2019 6:58:55 AM:
Are you planning to go to Clinton, or will you start at Pleasant Hill and take the Rock Island Spur?

Mark from Lee's Summit on 8/9/2019 9:14:22 PM:
If you don't mind a little bit of on street bike riding, then there are several nice trails that you can link together from the airport. The question is will you have your bike ready to go right from the airport and do you mind short sections of on street city bike riding? I don't know if you will have a bike case that needs to be stored or if you will just be unpacking a cardboard box at the airport. I would be happy to help you map something out if that is what you are looking for.