When it comes to airports, bigger isn’t always better, leading to longer wait times and more congestion. The Kansas City airport is small – just two terminals – but efficient. Driving to the airport is typically free of traffic and getting through security is a breeze, putting you en route to your destination that much faster. Although plans to expand the airport are in the works, they are years from starting new construction. In the meantime, here is everything you need to know about the Kansas City International Airport.
Essential Kansas City International Airport Resources
Airport Code: MCI
Address: 1 International Square Kansas City, MO 64153
Phone Number: 816-243-5237
Real-time Flight Information can be found here
Know Before You Go
The Kansas City airport consists of three freestanding, C-shaped terminals (A, B, and C) on a roundabout. Terminal A closed in 2013 and has yet to reopen, meaning all flights arrive and depart from terminals B and C. There are signs outside of the terminals with both airline information and gate numbers so you can walk to the exact place you need. Each airline has its own security and gates are behind the checkpoints. Once you enter your terminal, you’re never more than a five-minute walk from your gate, so no shuttles or AirTrains necessary. However, if you have a connecting flight that leaves from a different terminal, you will need to exit the building. Terminals B and C are not connected, so once you exit wait for a designated red shuttle bus. The buses run approximately every 15 minutes and will take you directly to the terminal you need.
Airlines & Terminals
Terminal B – Alaska, Delta, Southwest
Terminal C – Air Canada, Allegiant, American Airlines, Frontier, Icelandair, Spirit, United, and Vacation Express/Miami Air, as well as all international flights
The KC airport has parking options that suit every need including economy, extended, and even valet.
Valet: For those in a hurry or looking for the most convenient option, valet parking is available in Terminal B near Gate 40. The rates are $12 for up to four hours. After four hours, each hour is $3 with a per day maximum of $27. To retrieve your car after a trip, call 816-243-2019.
Garage Parking: After valet, the garages at KCI are the second most convenient option, putting you a short walk away from the airport. Both Terminal B and C have 24/7 parking garages just steps away from the terminal entrance with both covered and uncovered spots. The first 30 minutes cost $1, 30-60 minutes is $3, one to seven hours is $3 per hour and seven-24 hours is $23 with a daily maximum of $23. Each additional day is $3 per hour.
Economy Parking: Economy parking is available for both terminals for $7.50 per day. Designated blue shuttle buses run every 15 minutes and will take you directly between the airport and lots. Both lots have electric charging stations.
Circle Parking: Named for the circle it forms, circle parking is the next closest option to the airport after the parking garages. Four lots, E1, E2, E3, and E4, have red shuttle buses directly to the airport and have a daily maximum of $15.50 per day.
Getting to KCI is easy and typically traffic-free, just 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City via I-29. Access the airport on a roundabout that splits off in order by terminals A, B, and C and has clear signs denoting which airlines are at each. RideKC also operates buses to and from the airport on the 229 Boardwalk-KCI route for $1.50 each way. Exact change is required. There are no rail lines, so the airport is accessible only by vehicle, although there are plenty of public and private options to get you there quickly.
Public Transportation and Taxis
Uber is the only ride-sharing option available in Kansas City, Missouri, and can be ordered to and from the airport for both drop-off and pick-up. If you’re looking to save money, there are several shuttle services that can take you directly downtown including SuperShuttle which does not require reservations. There's also the typical public transportation. If your trip is planned in advance, other shuttle services (which require reservations) are also available including David’s Transportation, and 5 Guys Transportation.
Where to Eat and Drink in Terminal B
Sit-down: Whether you’re coming or going, it wouldn’t be a trip to Kansas City without some barbecue. The bi-level Pork & Pickle is one of the best restaurants in the MCI airport, located after security in Terminal B by gate B41. With a tin ceiling and warm wood finishes, it feels like being in a home kitchen. For a beer-centric restaurant, Boulevard Brewing Company before security by gate B39 has some of their biggest hits on draft as well as classic bar food like soft pretzels and nachos.
Grab & Go: For grab & go, The Local Rustic Market at gate B59 after security is a quick and cheap spot for snacks and beverages.
Where to Eat and Drink in Terminal B
Sit-down: Terminal C has fewer restaurant choices than Terminal B, but still a variety of choices. Outside of security, Just Off Vine has a menu of soups, salads, flatbreads, and sandwiches. The Great American Bagel Company near gate C76 has traditional breakfast options and the KCI Brew Pub for traditional sports bar fare.
Grab & Go: French picnic food kiosk Marche is past security near gate C82 and offers coffee, sandwiches, chips, beer, and wine to-go for travelers in a hurry or on a budget.
Where to Shop
- Kansas City start-up SouveNEAR has vending machines throughout the airport which dispense souvenirs made by local vendors including t-shirts, greeting cards, and dog treats. Machines are in Terminal B, by gates 32, 35, and 39-45, and 60 and in Terminal C near gates 82-85.
- Babies on the Go outside of security near B39 in Terminal B has anything you might need when traveling with babies or toddlers.
- KC Marketplace News + Gifts after security near gate B38 is a classic souvenir shop with t-shirts, mugs, and other tchotchkes.
How to Spend Your Layover
If you have a layover and need a place to spend the night, there are plenty of options nearby including Kansas City Airport Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton Kansas City Airport, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hilton, and Embassy Suites by Hilton. If you have a longer layover that doesn’t require an overnight stay, Zona Rosa Town Center is an open-air shopping center an 11-minute ride from the airport. There are spas, workout studios, more than a dozen restaurants, and stores with shoes, accessories, and clothing where you can pass the time.
There are no private lounges at MCI. However, it’s important to know that there is a lounge for nursing mothers pre-security in both B and C terminals.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
The Kansas City International Airport offers free Wi-Fi with no time limit as long as you’re in the airport. While there are no dedicated charging stations, there are outlets available throughout the airport both before and after security. Keep an eye out!