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How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto
The easiest way to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto is by train or by bus.
How far is Tokyo from Kyoto?
The travel distance between Tokyo and Kyoto is 450 km. There is no airport nearby Kyoto, so you have two options to travel between Tokyo and Kyoto: taking a train or a bus.
How long does it take to get from Tokyo to Kyoto?
It takes 2-3 hours to get from Tokyo to Kyoto by train, depending on the train service, whereas it takes 7-8 hours by bus.
What types of trains operate the route from Tokyo to Kyoto?
The Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed train runs between Tokyo and Osaka, stopping in Kyoto.
There are three types of services on the Tokaido Shinkansen: Nozomi is the fast service stopping only at key stations, Hikari is the semi-fast service stopping at the major stations and Kodama is the local service stopping at all stations.
Shinkansen trains can carry up to 16 cars per train, arranged in Green Cars with business class seats and Ordinary Cars with standard class seats distributed in Reserved and Non-reserved. In total, the Shinkansen trains offer three passengers classes: Reserved Seat (Green Car), Reserved Seat (Ordinary Car) and Non-reserved Seat.
Travellers with Reserved Seat tickets are required to take their numbered seat in the Green Cars or the Ordinary Cars. Travellers with Non-reserved Seat tickets are allowed to take any seat available only in the Ordinary cars designated as Non-reserved. On these cars, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. When all the seats are full, passengers must travel standing.
For more information about travelling by train, please read our Train Guide in Japan.
How much does it cost to get from Tokyo to Kyoto by train?
The train ticket with JR costs 13,320 JPY for Non-reserved Seat on all Shinkansen trains, 13,850 JPY for Reserved Seat (Ordinary Car) on Hikari and Kodama trains, 14,170 JPY for Reserved Seat (Ordinary Car) on Nozomi trains, 18,720 JPY for Reserved Seat (Green Car) on Hikari and Kodama trains, and 19,040 JPY for Reserved Seat (Green Car) on Nozomi trains.
For trains operated by JR, travellers can book online and pick up the tickets at the station by scanning the QR code included in the electronic ticket at the ticket vending machines. For more information, please read the instructions to use the train e-ticket.
Where does the train from Tokyo to Kyoto depart?
Trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen line depart from Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station, in Tokyo.
Please arrive to the station 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time to complete the boarding procedures or risk missing the train.
Where does the train from Tokyo to Kyoto arrive?
Trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen line arrive at Kyoto Station, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto.
What types of buses operate the route from Tokyo to Kyoto?
There is one bus company running the route Tokyo to Kyoto.
Willer Express: single-deck coaches equipped with reclining seats arranged in 3 or 4 seats per row and capacity for 30 to 40 passengers. These are quite comfortable so you can sleep during most part of the journey.
For more information about travelling by bus, please read our Bus Guide in Japan.
How much does it cost to get from Tokyo to Kyoto by bus?
The price of the bus ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto varies depending on the type of seat that you choose. It ranges from 5,000 JPY to 7,000 JPY.
Where does the bus from Tokyo to Kyoto depart?
Most buses from Tokyo to Kyoto depart from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal and Ikebukuro Sunshine Bus Terminal, in Tokyo.
Please arrive to the point of departure at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Where does the bus from Tokyo to Kyoto arrive?
Most buses from Tokyo to Kyoto arrive at JR Kyoto Station, Minami Ward, Kyoto.