Osaka to Kyoto

Osaka to Kyoto

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Transportation from Osaka to Kyoto

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How to get from Osaka to Kyoto

Travelling between Osaka and Kyoto 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 TRY 3,031 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere TRY 106.

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

It can take you anywhere between 1 and 5 hours to travel between Osaka and Kyoto depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Osaka and Kyoto. Train will bring you to your destination in 14m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 4h 45m to reach Kyoto.

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

Travelling between Osaka and Kyoto can be as cheap as TRY 106 if you opt for a Keihan bus ZKH4 bus and as expensive as TRY 3,031 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 Osaka and Kyoto ?

  • 83 from Osaka to Kyoto starting from 06:40 Kansai Airport Station until 23:32 Shin Osaka
  • 0 from Osaka to Kyoto starting from 09:35 Sakurajima Universal Studios until 21:40 Namba Osaka

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

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

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


Travelling from Osaka to Kyoto 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 Osaka and Kyoto

Keihan bus ZKH4, Osaka Bus ZOS (大阪バス ZOS), Shinki Bus HT2 (神姫観光バス HT2), 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 Osaka and Kyoto



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 Osaka to Kyoto?

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

  • 84% opted for a bus
  • 16% took a train