Trains from Tokyo to Kyoto

Trains from Tokyo to Kyoto

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Tokyo to Kyoto Train Schedule

Tokyo to Kyoto Train Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 06:00 - 08:15¥ 19,405
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 08:30 - 10:45฿ 5,046
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 10:30 - 12:45฿ 5,046
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 13:30 - 15:45฿ 5,046
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 14:25 - 16:40฿ 3,568
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 17:30 - 19:45฿ 3,568
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 18:30 - 20:45฿ 3,795
Sakura Kotsu SK4 Express 21:50 - 05:00฿ 680
Kintetsu Bus ZKN12 Intercity 23:05 - 06:22¥ 4,180

Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto

Facts about the train from Tokyo to Kyoto

Cheapest Train$47
Fastest Train2h 15m
Earliest Train6:00 AM
Latest Train9:00 PM
Daily Train Routes51
Distance466 kilometers
TrainHaruka Express, Peach Airlines, Shinkansen JR Central

Tokyo to Kyoto Destination Reviews

Trying to find the correct part of the station and use my tickets was very stressful
Train #NOZOMI 11 Unreserved seat, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Sep 11, 2023
I purchased my tickets the night before we needed Shinkansen tickets, so it was a bit last minute. When I bought my tickets it was charging me in Euros so I started to feel unsure, however I proceeded with the purchase. I received an email for my receipt but I did not get a confirmation email right away. I waited until the next day, which was our day of departure at 1425 hours. At 1030 hours I still had not received an email so my panic wostened. I started emailing 12Go inquiring about confirmation email. At 1125 hours I finally received my confirmation email so I was at ease finally. When we got to Shinkansen gates to board Shinkansen using the QR code provided, they would not work. Panic came back. I was afraid it was not real or 12Go was a scam. They let us board and we sat in our reserved seats which had to be legitimate because the conductors never questioned us sitting in the reserved seats. My panic was not completely settled as I wasn’t sure if they were going to charge me or what upon arrival. Again panic set in again. Once we arrived in Kyoto Japan Shinkansen train station we tried to exit with the QR codes and again they did not work. Panic came back. Because of the language barrier I wasn’t sure what to do, but the station attendant helped us, he was able to scan our QR codes on his system and we were out of the Shinkansen station and felt at ease again as we arrived in Kyoto Japan. It all worked out at the end, but as a foreigner traveling where you can’t speak their language it was nerve racking to feel something wasn’t right. In the future, I’ll just pay at the train station directly even if it means it is much more expensive.
Train #NOZOMI 41 Green Car, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Jul 29, 2023
The bullet train ride was good. The main issue was transferring from Tokyo station to the Shinkansen. It was very complex and took a very long time. We needed to ask around a lot too. It would be great if the tickets came with some kind of map/guide to help travellers
Train #NOZOMI 49 Standard, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Jul 15, 2023
The no reserve seats were so crowded and uncomfortable.. there was way too many many waggons with available seats. It was difficult as uncomfortable to find a seat and smelly
Train #NOZOMI 45 Unreserved seat, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Mar 15, 2023
Smooth quick and quiet while I got to see a side of Japan other tourists probably miss out on.
Train #NOZOMI 1 Unreserved seat, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Feb 14, 2023
I wanted to change my ticket to an earlier time but couldn’t figure out how to do so on your website
Train #NOZOMI 433 Standard, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Aug 12, 2022
Traveled from Tokyo to Kyoto. The train arrived on time, very fast and convenient service.
Train #NOZOMI 17 Standard, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Jan 20, 2021
Everything was perfect!
Train Standard Seat, Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train), Feb 10, 2020
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How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto by Train

Taking a train to get from Tokyo to Kyoto is a safe, fast, and scenic option to travel the country. On certain routes, there are multiple train departures per day every 10 to 15 minutes. This is typical for intercity travel, while for long distance train routes there are fewer scheduled departures – plan ahead to choose the one that fits your itinerary best.

For long distance train journeys, we recommend reserving your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Buying train tickets via our online booking system will allow you to choose and reserve the best Tokyo to Kyoto tickets.

Buying your tickets online will help you secure the trip on the selected date and avoid queuing at the station.. When travelling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to a much higher demand. During high season, train tickets sell out quickly – do book as early as you can.

How far is it from Tokyo to Kyoto?

Travelling by train, the distance from Tokyo to Kyoto is 290 miles. Before setting
on for a train journey, have a look at the map to find out what tourist spots or landmarks you will pass by – maybe they are worth a quick stop?

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

Travel time from Tokyo to Kyoto is estimated to be about 2h 15m. Trains ensure the fastest time to travel by land. As normally there is no congestion, the speed of travel is more or less constant and stops at train stations are rather short, train is almost always one of the quickest and safest ways to get from Tokyo and Kyoto.

The most important thing that may affect train travel time is the type of train. Ordinary trains travel at a speed of about 40 mph or 65 km/h to 65 mph or 105 km/h. Some intercity trains with shorter distances between stations run slower than 40 mph. Even with these low speeds, it can still be faster than commuting by car, bus or taxi.

The speed of express trains can reach up to 100 mph or 160 km/h. Modern high-speed trains can run at speeds exceeding 250 mph or 400 km/h.

These speeds of travel together with relatively short stops between stations can greatly shorten the duration of your trip.

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

The train ticket price from Tokyo to Kyoto varies depending on the types of trains or carriages available.

Some trains feature different types of carriages, seats and berths offering various amenities and level of comfort.

Basic passenger trains which are often non-air-conditioned and have wooden, hard or old seats are normally cheap. Premium or luxury trains and coaches have a higher ticket price but are equipped with air-conditioning, toilets, and large soft seats with sufficient legroom to make train rides comfortable.

Considering the distance travelled, train is the most affordable means of transport. Also, ticket prices include 2 or 3 bags – sometimes even more – per passenger.

Tokyo to Kyoto timetable

Trains are great for long-distance travel. Double-check your travel itinerary and use the Tokyo to Kyoto timetable above with train departure times and arrival times to find the best train for your route.

Best-Rated Companies for this Route

Unlike buses or taxis which have numerous companies offering their services, train service is usually offered by just one major company in each country. As railway service requires a large amount of infrastructure, most railway companies are government-owned and are a part of the national transport system.

One of the best advantages of travelling by train is that railway stations are often conveniently located within or very near major cities and urban areas. Immediately on arrival to their destination, travellers find themselves in close proximity to important facilities like hotels, supermarkets, and hospitals.

If you travel with a lot of bags and luggage, trains are your best option. Luggage weight limits on trains are rather flexible and allow you to carry multiple bags with you.

Special or luxury trains feature sufficient legroom which allows you to stretch your legs and relax. In comfort and space these train seats can be compared to business class airplane seats.

Similar to buses, trains can provide a variety of amenities to make your travel more comfortable and enjoyable. Modern trains have WIFI service, a snack counter and a drinking bar. Onboard toilets can be a life saver for travellers with queasy stomachs.

Lastly, unlike buses and other overland means of transport, trains are very rarely involved in accidents.