Amtrak Missouri River Runner Schedule
Amtrak Missouri River Runner

The Amtrak Missouri River Runner: A new passenger’s guide

The Amtrak Missouri River Runner is a daily train between Kansas City, MO, and St Louis, MO, and daily Missouri River Runner/Lincoln Service from Kansas City to Chicago via St Louis, plus intermediate stops.

A quick look at the Amtrak Missouri River Runner

Here is a quick look at what this train offers.

Amtrak Missouri River Runner seating options

There are two seating options when it comes to the Missouri River Runner.

Lincoln Service Coach Seats
Midwest regional coach seat

Coach class

The Amtrak Missouri River Runner coach seating offers:

  • A fold-down tray
  • Individual reading lights
  • 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets
    • Some cars have USB chargers.
  • There is overhead luggage storage with storage racks in most cars.
  • These trains use either the new Venture cars or a mix of older Amtrak cars.

Business class

The train also has a business class with extra legroom, a comfortable seat, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Plus, you are closer to the cafe car with some complimentary drinks (ask the attendant) and have lounge access in Chicago Union for a fee and St Louis for free stations.

Additionally, Business Class customers receive 25% bonus points on Amtrak Guest Rewards points.


Carry-On/Trainside bicyclesyou can bring up to 50 lbs. Standard bicycle sizes apply. Maximum tire width: 2″. Check the link for details; bike service may not be available at all stations.


Amtrak allows dogs and cats up to 20 pounds (combined weight of pet and carrier) for trips up to seven hours. Make sure you read the Amtrak pet policy and print out the paperwork.

Read the service animals policy before booking your trip for qualifications and booking instructions.


The train has a cafe car that offers a variety of meals, snacks, and beverages for sale, and it is available for all customers for most of the journey. This car may close at the start and end of the route.

You can bring food on the train but do not bring that food into the cafe car, FDA rules.

You can bring alcohol on the train but cannot consume it while aboard.


This train does not offer a checked bag service.

Each passenger may carry on:

  • One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches, and 
  • Two carry-on pieces of luggage, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each
  • If you transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at some point along your journey, the baggage size for that train is up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each. 

Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage; check out Amtrak’s carry-on bag policy for more information.

Amtrak Cafe Car
Amtrak Cafe Car

I created this timetable as a guide from data found on Check with Amtrak or your eticket for exact times in case they changed without my knowledge.

If there are two times, the first is the arrival, the second is the departure, and if there is only one, it is a quick stop.

Trains 318 and 319 are a combined Missouri River Runner/Lincoln Service from Chicago to Kansas City via St Louis, MO.

Communities Served316
9:50aChicago, IL
Union Station (CHI)
10:13aSummit, IL (SMT)7:11p12
10:40aJoliet, IL
Gateway Center (JOL)
11:09aDwight, IL (DWT)6:12p74
11:23aPontiac, IL (PON)5:59p92
11:59aBloomington-Normal, IL
12:25pLincoln, IL (LCN)5:08p156
12:56pSpringfield, IL (SPI)4:46p185
1:33pCarlinville, IL (CRV)4:05p224
1:59pAlton, IL (ALN)3:39p257
8:10a2:51p | 3:11pSt. Louis, MO
Gateway Station (STL)
9:45p2:20p | 2:55p284/0
8:39a3:40pKirkwood, MO (KWD)9:13p1:47p297/13
9:16a4:17pWashington, MO (WAH)8:24p1:03p335/51
9:45a4:45pHermann, MO (HEM)7:57p12:36p365/81
10:35a5:36pJefferson City, MO (JEF)7:12p11:49a409/125
11:45a6:43pSedalia, MO (SED)5:54p10:27a473/189
12:16p7:14pWarrensburg, MO (WAR)5:24p9:57a502/218
1:03p7:55pLee’s Summit, MO (LEE)4:41p9:16a554/260
1:20p8:11pIndependence, MO (IDP)4:24p8:59a557/260
1:50p8:51pKansas City, MO
Union Station (KCY)
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*This train continues to Kansas City, MO, and runs as the Missouri River Runner/Lincon Service

The information for these guides comes from Amtrak, and Amtrak can change them anytime.

Printable Amtrak Missouri River Runner Schedule

This PDF is just for the Missouri River Runner between St Louis and Kansas City,

This PDF is for the Lincoln-Service Missouri River Runner that travels between Chicago and Kansas City via St Louis.

Alternatives to the Amtrak Missouri River Runner Schedule

Depending on where you are leaving from or going, these trains might suit your needs better.

Chicago and Kansas City

The Southwest Chief also travels between Chicago and Kansas City.

The Chief connects with other routes such as The Hiawatha, Illinois and Michigan Service, Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited, and Cardinal.

You could even connect to this route with the South Shore Line and Metra; some connections may require a walk from another train station.

Chicago and St Louis

If you are looking at the Lincoln Service/Missouri River Runner but don’t need to go to Kansas City, you can take one of the other Lincon Service trains.

Another alternative is the Texas Eagle, which offers rooms and coach accommodations.

These trains also connect with The Hiawatha, Illinois and Michigan Service, Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited, and Cardinal.

Thanks for Learning About The Amtrak Missouri River Runner Schedule

My goal is to keep these as updated as possible.

Safe Travels,


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Kev Monteith has been traveling on Amtrak since 2012. With over a decade of experience, he has been on over 800 trains, covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist and outings with family.

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