Buses from Tokyo to Kyoto

Buses from Tokyo to Kyoto

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Tokyo to Kyoto Bus Schedule

Tokyo to Kyoto Bus Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 06:00 - 08:15฿ 3,769
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 08:30 - 10:45¥ 13,720
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 11:30 - 13:45¥ 13,720
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 13:30 - 15:45¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 14:25 - 16:40¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 16:30 - 18:45¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 18:30 - 20:45¥ 19,405
Kintetsu Bus ZKN2 Intercity 21:10 - 05:00฿ 1,013
Osaka Sayama Kotsu WL02 Express 22:30 - 06:55฿ 2,397

Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto Destination Reviews

Кресла комфортные, получилось вытянутся и выспаться. Отличная альтернатива дневным поездам
Bus Standard Plus, Sakura Kotsu Bus, Feb 1, 2021
Very comfortable, easy ride, they provide you with a pillow and blanket. Really nice driver too!
Bus Intercity, Heisei Enterprise HE0 (株式会社平成エンタープライズ), Feb 14, 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.
Bus Express, Yutaka YT (株式会社ユタカコーポレーション), Jan 10, 2020
We were fast , had enough stops at rest stations and the bus was the expected comfortableness, plus we got extra blankets
Bus Express, Yutaka YT (株式会社ユタカコーポレーション), Jan 4, 2020
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.
Bus Express, Osaka Sayama Kotsu WL02, Oct 22, 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
Bus Express, Sanei Kotsu KB5 (三栄交通(KBライナー), Oct 5, 2019
27 customer reviews

How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto by Bus

Taking a bus to get from Tokyo to Kyoto is a safe, comfortable and less expensive alternative for traveling this route. To popular destinations, bus companies operate multiple trips per day, often round the clock at 30-60 minute intervals. To less traveled destinations, there may be only 1 scheduled trip a day. The most common bus types are non-air-conditioned, air-conditioned, and premium buses.

It is best to reserve your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Check our list of bus companies available for online booking offering Tokyo to Kyoto tickets. When traveling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to higher numbers of travelers, both vacation-makers and urban workers returning home to their provincial home.

How far is it from Tokyo to Kyoto?

Traveling by bus, the distance from Tokyo to Kyoto depends on the route taken. Most bus companies travel via expressways or tollways. This may not necessarily be the shortest route but it is the fastest one as normally there is less traffic and no traffic lights.

To get to certain island destinations which are not connected to the mainland by a bridge, buses board large car ferries. Passengers are usually asked to get off the bus, but there is no need to take your luggage from the bus. The travel distance from port to port is added to the total distance.

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

The estimate travel time from Tokyo to Kyoto is about 6h 25m. Note that traveling by bus is slower compared to driving your own car or getting a taxi. Depending on the departure time congestion between Tokyo and Kyoto may differ greatly There is usually more traffic between morning until afternoon during weekdays than during weekends.

Another important factor that may affect travel time is the type of bus. Premium or VIP buses are usually faster as they use motorways and call to fewer bus stations (if any) en route. Buses normally make short 10-30-minute breaks after a few hours of continuous travel to allow passengers use bathrooms, stock up on munchies and let bus attendants and the driver have rest.

Some premium buses have onboard toilets and the second driver. Nevertheless, usually they still make en route stops for a quick lunch or fuel refill.

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

The ticket price from Tokyo to Kyoto can vary depending on the type of buses you choose. For a less expensive ticket consider non-air-conditioned or ordinary buses. Premium or luxury buses are more expensive but you can expect more comfort and some additional services like phone charging ports, personal entertainment system screens and toilets.

Tokyo to Kyoto timetable

To help you plan your trip, here is the Tokyo to Kyoto timetable of bus departure and arrival times.

Best Rated Companies for this Route

Bus companies differ a lot in quality and service they provide. When choosing a bus company for you travels, do some basic research before you buy your tickets.

Safety is one of the most important aspects to consider. We also recommend you checking reviews on overall service quality of the bus companies serving this route.

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