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1. Posted by kcgal (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

kcgal has indicated that this thread is about USA

I am thinking about going to Las Vegas soon but dont want to gly or drive. has anyoen ever gone by bus from kansas city to las vegas. if so how long dit it take.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

The Greyhound bus will take between 28 and 34 hours, depends on your departure time. It will be over $100 each way, even with advanced purchase. Alligiant Air flies from Springfield MO to Vegas for just over $100 round trip, advanced purchase. This is no contest, fly out to Vegas.

3. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

quote vegasmike
The Greyhound bus will take between 28 and 34 hours, depends on your departure time. It will be over $100 each way, even with advanced purchase. Alligiant Air flies from Springfield MO to Vegas for just over $100 round trip, advanced purchase. This is no contest, fly out to Vegas

Not a true reflection on the price. The $100 round trip cost becomes near on $250 by the time you've added on the infamous USA tax. They add it on to just about everything, Canada do it too, from beer to petrol and a pair of pants to a flight.

4. Posted by kcgal (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

thank you for your replies. I do not like to fly but 34 hours on a bus doesnt sound good either. I would drive but it takes to long and none of my friends want to go to vegas so I guess i will either fly or not go:)

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Quoting BedouinLeo

Not a true reflection on the price. The $100 round trip cost becomes near on $250 by the time you've added on the infamous USA tax. They add it on to just about everything, Canada do it too, from beer to petrol and a pair of pants to a flight.

Click on the Alligent Air link and try it yourself. I picked Jan 18th to leave SGF, returning from LAS on Jan. 29th. Total with taxes was $170 roundtrip. This is even less than my rounding off estimate of $100 each way.

6. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

But it's still a good 3-4 hours drive from Kansas City to Springfield. The cheapest flight I've seen so far through flight search sites indicate about $230 for return flight from Kansas City to Las Vegas, including taxes.

So if flights from Springfield works out to about $170, the difference would be about $60. Account in approximately 7-8 driving hours (to/fro between Kansas City and Springfield), you'll be paying considerable amount to gas for this accidental road trip, the savings in the end - is it even worth it?

7. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Have you consider taking Amtrak? It will be long journey though, approximately 15 hours one-way, but it'll be straight from Kansas City (compare if using Springfield Airport, that's appx 4 hours driving time, 1.5 hours check-in, 5-6 hours flight -> 10.5-11.5 hours). The ticket from what I can see at the moment for travel in mid-January is $92 one-way.

It'll at least be much shorter in terms of travelling time compared to Greyhound.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Dec-2009, at 05:49 by lil_lil ]

8. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

[quote=vegasmike6]

Click on the Alligent Air link and try it yourself. I picked Jan 18th to leave SGF, returning from LAS on Jan. 29th. Total with taxes was $170 roundtrip. This is even less than my rounding off estimate of $100 each way.

According to their website, on those dates, it's $220 inc tax.
Is Alligent (as you spell it) the same as the one I'm looking at.. Allegiantair.com? Cos I'm getting $50 more than what you're seeing on those dates.

9. Posted by kcgal (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Yes I have considered Amtrak but it doesnt go to Las Vegas. I would have to stop somewhere and get a bus to there. If anyoen has used Amtrak then wher is the closest stop to Vegas. thank you for your ideas. Amtrak does sound better than bus.:)

10. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Oh dear, I just went back and have a look at the search I did yesterday and apparently I was trying to go to Las Vegas in New Mexico, not Nevada!

Now, doing a new proper search to Las Vegas in Nevada, I can say you DO NOT want to go by Amtrak. The price is crazy, the changes are numerous, and the duration is even worse than the bus. You know what, I should shut my mouth from now on when it comes to transportation in US. Apparently I'm rubbish at it. I'm sooooo sorry. Really. I am. Sorry!