Kyoto to Tokyo

Kyoto to Tokyo

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Kyoto to Tokyo Schedule

Kyoto to Tokyo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 06:14 - 08:29¥ 13,720
Haruka Express Standard Seat 08:17 - 09:37$ 12.30
Willer Express WL12 Express 10:50 - 19:10¥ 6,290
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 13:24 - 15:39¥ 19,405
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 14:24 - 16:39¥ 13,720
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 16:24 - 18:39¥ 14,879
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 18:30 - 20:45¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 20:24 - 22:39¥ 13,720
Grace Liner GR2 Express 23:59 - 06:50¥ 3,885

Transportation from Kyoto to Tokyo

Kyoto to Tokyo Destination Reviews

Booked the Shinkansen train from Kyoto to Tokyo. Comfortable and fast service. To board the train, you just need to scan the QR-code at the gate.
Train #NOZOMI 218 Standard, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Sep 15, 2021
I can’t seat on the bus. I came to place in the map on pdf ticket and bus didn’t arrive. I had to buy a new ticket that evening. Can you return money for this ticket?
Bus Express, Sakura Kotsu SK4 (株式会社桜交通 SK4), Mar 24, 2020
Lots of leg room, multiple stops on the journey and went by much quicker that I thought. Lights where off for almost the entire journey meaning sleep was easy.
Bus Express, Yutaka Kotsu UR3, Mar 4, 2020
Everything was as expected. Great price. Very good for couples. Not so sure for individuals.
Bus Express, Sanei Kotsu KB5 (三栄交通(KBライナー), Jan 21, 2020
On time. The bus is clean and spacious. Staff speaks very little English
Bus Intercity, Heisei Enterprise HE0 (株式会社平成エンタープライズ), Dec 24, 2019
Train Standard Seat, Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train), Sep 23, 2019
Best of the best
Train Standard Seat, Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train), Aug 14, 2019
Trip was good, but seats were to hard to spend a night of 6h. People was helpfull and kind.
Bus Express, Sunshine Tour SN5 (サンシャインエクスプレス), Aug 7, 2019
Super service!
Train Standard Seat, Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train), Mar 19, 2019
23 customer reviews

How to get from Kyoto to Tokyo

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you USD 142.58 if you go by Train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a flight+train which will set you back mere USD 24.63.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 10 hours to travel between Kyoto and Tokyo depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Kyoto and Tokyo. Train will bring you to your destination in 2h 15m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 9h 10m to reach Tokyo.

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

Travelling between Kyoto and Tokyo can be as cheap as USD 24.63 if you opt for a Haruka Express, Jetstar Japan flight+train and as expensive as USD 142.58 if you buy a Shinkansen JR Central Train 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 Tokyo ?

  • 49 from Kyoto to Tokyo starting from 06:14 Kyoto until 21:38 Kyoto

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

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


Travelling from Kyoto to Tokyo 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 Tokyo

Grace Liner GR2 (グレース観光株式会社), Heisei Community Bus HC, Heisei Enterprise HE0 (株式会社平成エンタープライズ), Kintetsu Bus ZKN12, New Prince Highway Bus WL08, Nishi Tokyo Bus XNTK4, Nishi Tokyo Bus XNTK6, Osaka Sayama Kotsu WL02, Sakura Kanko Bus CJ (さくら観光バス株式会社), Sakura Kotsu SK4 (株式会社桜交通 SK4), Sakura Kotsu SK6, Sanei Kotsu KB5 (三栄交通(KBライナー), Shinki Bus HT2 (神姫観光バス HT2), Sugisaki Kanko Bus SS2, Sunshine Express SN6, Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3 (東京富士交通株式会社), Tourist Bus TRB, Willer Express WL12, Yutaka YT (株式会社ユタカコーポレーション)


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 Tokyo?

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

  • 92% opted for a bus
  • 8% took a train
  • 1% Other