Kyoto to Osaka

Kyoto to Osaka

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Transportation from Kyoto to Osaka

How to get from Kyoto to Osaka

Travelling between Kyoto and Osaka is possible by Bus, train and taxi. Train guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you JPY 24,606 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere JPY 860.

How long does it take to get from Kyoto to Osaka?

It can take you anywhere between 1 and 3 hours to travel between Kyoto and Osaka depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Kyoto and Osaka. Train will bring you to your destination in 14m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 2h 10m to reach Osaka.

How much does it cost to get from Kyoto to Osaka?

Travelling between Kyoto and Osaka can be as cheap as JPY 860 if you opt for a Syoei Bus SY (昌栄バス) bus and as expensive as JPY 24,606 if you buy a BB Trip (BB TRIP LTD) taxi ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Kyoto and Osaka ?

  • 1 from Kyoto to Osaka starting from 06:30 Namba until 07:20 Sakurajima Universal Studios
  • 1 from Kyoto to Osaka starting from 06:00 Shin Osaka until 23:09 Shin Osaka

1 from Kyoto to Osaka starting from 00:00 Osaka Downtown until 00:00 Osaka Downtown

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Kyoto to Osaka.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Travelling from Kyoto to Osaka overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Kyoto and Osaka

Keihan bus ZKH4, Syoei Bus SY (昌栄バス)


Some travellers consider taxi to be the most convenient form of overland transport thanks to flexible departure times, a possibility to choose the size of the car you need, and a hassle-free door-to-door service.

Things to remember: If you are planning to make detours during your trip, discuss it with your driver or service provider in advance as it may affect the price.

Companies offering charters between Kyoto and Osaka



Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Kyoto to Osaka?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Bus remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 100% opted for a bus