Air Travel

Kansas City is the most centrally located major metropolitan area in the United States, making it accessible from nearly anywhere in the nation. If you're flying, Kansas City is just a three-hour flight from either coast.

Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is located 19 miles northwest of downtown Kansas City. It offers:

  • 11 airlines, 50 non-stop destinations and more than 400 daily flights
  • Within a 3-hour flight from either coast
  • 55 million people within a day’s drive

Note: Please be sure to check the new TSA rules on REAL ID requirements, which will go into effect January 22, 2018.


Transportation from Airport

Public Transportation — Bus 129 is operated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and runs about 20 times per day from Kansas City International Airport to different destinations. Rates are under $2.

The downtown drop off is at 12th and Grand Blvd., approximately four blocks from the event hotels.

6 am-11 pm
There is no weekend service.

Terminal C

SuperShuttle — Rates:

  • One-way: $18/person
  • Round-trip: $30/person
  • Discount Code: UV4GA

Book online or call 1.800.BLUEVAN (258.3826). There is a $3 fee for booking via phone.

When you arrive at the airport, collect your luggage and check in at the SuperShuttle office, located just across from the baggage claim inside the terminal(s).

Download the free SuperShuttle app to check in, track your driver in real time, and stay informed regarding your transportation. It’s available at your app store or at

Champion Shuttle – Rates:

  • $15/person
  • $47/group up to 4 – more than 4 just $10/additional person
  • Use PROMO code PTK100 (valid until 76 hours prior to event)

Book online or call 913.937.9444.

We will meet you in baggage claim with a sign. Approximately 40 minutes prior to your pick up, you will receive notification of your driver’s name, number, and photo.

Charter Buses — If you are planning to bring a charter bus to PTK Centennial Catalyst, you must have a permit for that bus. The permits must be obtained from the hotel property where you are staying.

Uber — Approximately $26 from the airport to downtown. Use the Uber app on your phone and provide your exact location at the airport. When prompted, enter your terminal (B or C) and door number.

Rental Car - All rental car companies share a Gray Rental Car Shuttle that stops at marked shelters at terminal medians.

Taxis — approximately $48 from the airport to downtown.

Phones for taxi service are located both inside and outside each terminal at baggage claim areas, and at other convenient locations outside terminal exits.

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View the full list of travel options in Kansas City.


Parking Information

Parking is available at the Auditorium Plaza Garage:
1220 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64104

There’s a special PTK Centennial Catalyst rate of $10 — simply show your name badge for the discount.

(Rate applies each time you enter the garage.)

View the downtown parking map.




Looking for a fun way to explore the city? Hop on MAX, a local bus, or even the Streetcar for a fun, economical way to travel. Follow the tips below and you'll look like a Kansas City local in no time!

  1. Look for the Main St. MAX if you need a lift.
    This bus will take you to some of our main attractions!
  2. Are you looking for some fresh flowers, fruit or some cool souvenirs?
    Try stopping by our local City Market on KC Streetcar, Main Street MAX and other routes.
  3. Kids looking for something fun to do while visiting?
    Grab a handle and hang on until the Crown Center stop! This place has many different activities for kids, such as LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Kaleidoscope and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
  4. Feeling the urge to hear some music or see a show?
    Your destination is Downtown Kansas City, MO, where live music and shows are played inside of Power & Light and the Sprint Center Arena.
  5. Someone's feeling hungry and wanting to shop after a long day of exploring.
    Fill your needs by stopping at the Country Club Plaza on Main Street MAX route! You'll find dozens of unique as well as well-known restaurants and clothing stores.
  6. Having a hard time finding buses? There's an app for that!
    Visit our App Center for the latest mobile phone applications that use RideKC data. Several free and paid mobile applications ore available.


  • RideKC base fare is $1.50 and includes a free 2-hour transfer. Pay with cash. If paying with a larger bill, you can receive a Change Card that shows the unused fare balance.
  • Buy an all-day pass on buses for just $3.
  • You don't have to wait in line to purchase your pass. Buy online at! You should expect to receive your order within 5-7 business days.
  • KC Streetcar is free from Union Station through downtown and into City Market.