Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto

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Japan Railpass
Akihabara Railpass - Kyoto Railpass

Class: Ordinary Car

¥28,732 per adult
21:30
Shinjuku, Tokyo
8h 10m bus ride with Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3 in Express
05:40
+1
Kyoto city
¥4,064 per adult

From Shinjuku to Kyoto by bus

21:30
Shinjuku, Tokyo
8h 10m bus ride with Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3 in Express
05:40
+1
Kyoto city
¥4,064 per adult

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Japan Railpass
Akihabara Railpass - Kyoto Railpass

Class: Ordinary Car

¥28,732 per adult

Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule

Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 06:00 - 08:15¥ 14,880
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 08:30 - 10:45¥ 14,880
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 10:30 - 12:45¥ 14,880
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 12:30 - 14:45¥ 14,880
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 14:25 - 16:40¥ 14,880
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 16:30 - 18:45¥ 14,880
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 18:00 - 20:15¥ 14,880
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 20:00 - 22:15¥ 14,880
Heisei Enterprise HE0 Express 22:15 - 06:00¥ 6,480
Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3 Express 22:10 - 05:40¥ 6,762

Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto destination reviews

AL
Bus Express, Sakura Kotsu SK4 (株式会社桜交通 SK4), Feb 15, 2021
I buy ticket start from akihabara and I go to akihabara buy no bus /why???????????????????my money cash back please
AG
railpass Ordinary Car, Japan Railpass, Feb 1, 2021
We are easy exchanged the pass at the Narita Airport, and traveled through Japan without any problem.
VN
Bus Standard Plus, Sakura Kotsu Bus, Feb 1, 2021
Кресла комфортные, получилось вытянутся и выспаться. Отличная альтернатива дневным поездам
AM
railpass Ordinary Car, Japan Railpass, Feb 1, 2021
Excellent!!!
AM
railpass Ordinary Car, Japan Railpass, Feb 1, 2021
The most convenient way to travel in Japan
VN
Train #NOZOMI 17 Standard, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Jan 20, 2021
Traveled from Tokyo to Kyoto. The train arrived on time, very fast and convenient service.
ER
Bus Intercity, Heisei Enterprise HE0 (株式会社平成エンタープライズ), Feb 14, 2020
Very comfortable, easy ride, they provide you with a pillow and blanket. Really nice driver too!
IT
Train Standard Seat, Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train), Feb 10, 2020
Everything was perfect!
SW
Bus Express, Yutaka YT (株式会社ユタカコーポレーション), Jan 10, 2020
Quite comfortable, similar to a normal economy seat on a short distance flight and only 6 hours from Shinjuku to Kyoto station at such a good price! The bus stopped for two short rest stops on the way where you can go to the bathroom, brush your teeth and buy drinks and snacks at vending machines or a convenience store. I would do it again.
LH
Bus Express, Yutaka YT (株式会社ユタカコーポレーション), Jan 4, 2020
We were fast , had enough stops at rest stations and the bus was the expected comfortableness, plus we got extra blankets
AE
Bus Express, Osaka Sayama Kotsu WL02, Oct 22, 2019
Seats were reasonably comfortable, the bus stops every two hours at a place where you can get food. Every seat had an electrical outlet so you could charge your devices.
CD
Bus Express, Sanei Kotsu KB5 (三栄交通(KBライナー), Oct 5, 2019
Long trip but we stopped every 3 hrs or so to use the restrooms and stretch which was good because we didn’t have a bathroom on the bus
DJ
Train Standard Seat, Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train), Sep 23, 2019
Traveled from Tokyo to Kyoto. The train arrived on time, very fast and convenient service.
AR
Train Standard Seat, Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train), Sep 23, 2019
The speed was unreal, highly recommend!!!
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How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto

Travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto 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 JPY 14,867 if you go by Train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere JPY 3,483.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 9 hours to travel between Tokyo and Kyoto depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Tokyo and Kyoto. Train will bring you to your destination in 2h 15m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 8h 40m to reach Kyoto.

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

Travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto can be as cheap as JPY 3,483 if you opt for a Heisei Enterprise HE0 (株式会社平成エンタープライズ) bus and as expensive as JPY 14,867 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 Tokyo and Kyoto ?

  • 2 by flight+Train from Tokyo to Kyoto starting from 12:45 Kansai International Airport until 12:45 Kansai International Airport
  • 1 from Tokyo to Kyoto starting from 20:50 Kyoto city until 23:45 Kyoto city
  • 1 from Tokyo to Kyoto starting from 06:00 Kyoto until 21:24 Kyoto

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

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

Bus

Travelling from Tokyo 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 Tokyo and Kyoto

Heisei Enterprise HE0 (株式会社平成エンタープライズ), Osaka Bus ZOS4 (大阪バス ZOS4), Sakura Kanko Bus CJ (さくら観光バス株式会社), Willer Express WL12

Train

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 Tokyo 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

  • 100% opted for a bus