Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto

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Refundable Fastest
08:00
Tokyo
2h 20m ride in train, Standard Seat
5.0
10:20
Kyoto
Refundable Fastest
20:00
Tokyo
2h 20m ride in train, Standard Seat
5.0
22:20
Kyoto
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23:25
Shinjuku Shibuya, Tokyo
6h 5m bus ride in Express
4.5
05:30
+1
Kyoto city

From Shinjuku Shibuya to Kyoto by bus

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23:25
Shinjuku Shibuya, Tokyo
6h 5m bus ride in Express
4.5
05:30
+1
Kyoto city

From Tokyo to Kyoto by train

Refundable Fastest
08:00
Tokyo
2h 20m ride in train, Standard Seat
5.0
10:20
Kyoto
Refundable Fastest
20:00
Tokyo
2h 20m ride in train, Standard Seat
5.0
22:20
Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule

Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 06:00 - 08:15¥ 14,670
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 08:30 - 10:45¥ 14,670
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 10:30 - 12:45¥ 14,670
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 12:30 - 14:45¥ 14,670
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 14:25 - 16:40¥ 14,670
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 16:30 - 18:45¥ 14,670
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 18:00 - 20:15¥ 14,670
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 20:00 - 22:15¥ 14,670
Grace Liner GR2 Express 22:35 - 06:20¥ 3,382
Sunshine Tour SN5 AC Seater 23:05 - 06:00¥ 4,830
Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3 AC Seater 22:40 - 06:00¥ 4,830
Sugisaki Kanko Bus SS2 Express 22:10 - 06:30¥ 3,382

Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto destination reviews

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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!
4.3
25 customer reviews
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68%
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How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you JPY 15,368 if you go by train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere JPY 2,322.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 10 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 10m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 9h 5m 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 2,322 if you opt for a Grace Liner GR2 (グレース観光株式会社) bus and as expensive as JPY 15,368 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 ?

  • 1 from Tokyo to Kyoto starting from 21:00 Kyoto city until 23:40 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

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), Sakura Kanko Bus CJ (さくら観光バス株式会社), Sakura Kotsu (株式会社桜交通), Sakura Kotsu SK4 (株式会社桜交通 SK4), Sakura Syoei (株式会社桜交通、昌栄バス), 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 Tour SN5 (サンシャインエクスプレス), Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3 (東京富士交通株式会社), Yutaka YT (株式会社ユタカコーポレーション)

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

  • 85% opted for a bus
  • 15% took a train