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Kansas City, MO Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 122
Total Sleeping Rooms 17,239
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 971
Committable Meeting Rooms* 92
Convention Center Space 1,139,677 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 388,800 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 388,800 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $121
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $282
*Maximum for a single hotel

Kansas City, MO Airport Information

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Approximate taxi fare: $55.09 USD

One of the biggest airports in the country, Kansas City International spans 10,000 acres with its three runways, capable of seeing 139 aircrafts per hour. Identified with a code of MCI, the airport was once referred to as the Mid-Continent International Airport, highlighting its equidistance from both coasts. Today, over 11 million passengers per year take advantage of the airport's four terminals that conveniently serve as the central gateways for the states of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Major U.S. airlines, including Midwest Airlines, for which the city is a secondary hub, fly out of Kansas City International to 50 American cities, most reached within three hours. The airport also offers international service to Canada and Mexico.

Ranking number 1 among medium-size airports in the J.D. Power and Associates airport satisfaction survey, Kansas City International also consistently ranks among the lowest delays of all U.S. airports. Business travelers find the airport particularly welcoming, as it offers free wi-fi connectivity and a business center in each terminal. Travelers with free time between flights can also stop at one of the many eateries and retail outlets available in each of the terminals. Short-term, daily and long-term parking facilities are available, with maximum daily rates being under $18. All parking areas are free for the first half hour.

Airline carriers serving Kansas City International Airport

  • Air Canada
  • AirTran
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American
  • Continental
  • Delta
  • Frontier
  • SeaPort
  • Southwest
  • United
  • US Airways

Kansas City, MO Public Transportation

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) Metro Area Express

Kansas City's Metro Area Express, or MAX, travels to various areas throughout downtown, Crown Center and Union Station and Midtown and the plaza, including stops at the convention center, Science City and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Buses run daily from 5 to 1 AM. Fare is $1.25 with free transfers.

Rental Cars

Kansas City International boasts 11 rental car companies, including Alamo, Advantage, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz and Thrifty. The rental car companies' shuttles stop at marked shelters at the terminals.

Taxis

Taxi telephones in the baggage claim areas and outside the terminals at Kansas City International are available for passengers to summon taxi transportation. Taxis take fares of any length and will accept shared rates. The taxi ride to downtown takes about 25 minutes and costs around $33 to $36.

KC Streetcar

Sit or stand while you ride through the heart of Kansas City's downtown. The 2.2 mile route along Main Street connects the River Market to Union Station/Crown Center with 16 stops to get you to your destination. The KC Streetcar is free so you can spend your money at the businesses along the route. Convention and meeting attendees can take advantage of the short ride to see more of Kansas City during their trip. Whether attendees are staying by the Convention Center or near Crown Center, they have access to all the amenities downtown KC has to offer.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Topeka, KS 63 mi 1 hr 1 min n/a N/A
Omaha, NE 184 mi 2 hr 51 min 3 hr 18 min USD $415+
Wichita, KS 195 mi 3 hr 3 hr 50 min USD $400+
St. Louis, MO 249 mi 3 hr 53 min 3 hr 45 min USD $450+
Oklahoma City, OK 344 mi 5+ hrs 4 hr 10 min USD $250+
Chicago, IL 528 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 30 min USD $250+
 
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