Kyoto to Tokyo

Kyoto to Tokyo

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Kyoto to Tokyo Schedule

Kyoto to Tokyo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 07:30 - 09:45¥ 19,405
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 08:30 - 10:45¥ 14,595
Haruka Express Standard Seat 11:30 - 15:45¥ 12,225
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 12:24 - 14:39¥ 19,405
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 14:24 - 16:39¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 17:30 - 19:45¥ 18,846
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 19:24 - 21:39¥ 14,595
Heisei Enterprise HE0 AC Seater 21:55 - 05:55฿ 1,983
Nishi Tokyo Bus XNTK6 Intercity 22:28 - 06:34¥ 8,261

Transportation from Kyoto to Tokyo

Facts about the transport from Kyoto to Tokyo

Cheapest Transport$13
Fastest Transport2h 15m
Earliest Departure6:14 AM
Latest Departure11:55 PM
Departures per day68
Distance461 kilometers
Transport CompaniesHaruka Express, Jetstar Japan, Kintetsu Bus ZKN12, Osaka Bus ZOS4, Sakura Kanko Bus CJ, Sakura Kotsu, Sakura Kotsu SK4, Sakura Syoei, Shinkansen JR Central, Sunshine Express SN6, Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3, Yamaichi Service AF5

Kyoto to Tokyo Destination Reviews

Bus on time, and nothing different from what was expected.
Bus Express, Sakura Kotsu SK4 (株式会社桜交通 SK4), Apr 28, 2023
Booked the Shinkansen train from Kyoto to Tokyo. Comfortable and fast service. To board the train, you just need to scan the QR-code at the gate.
Train #NOZOMI 218 Standard, Shinkansen JR Central (Shinkansen JR Central), Sep 15, 2021
I can’t seat on the bus. I came to place in the map on pdf ticket and bus didn’t arrive. I had to buy a new ticket that evening. Can you return money for this ticket?
Bus Express, Sakura Kotsu SK4 (株式会社桜交通 SK4), Mar 24, 2020
Lots of leg room, multiple stops on the journey and went by much quicker that I thought. Lights where off for almost the entire journey meaning sleep was easy.
Bus Express, Yutaka Kotsu UR3, Mar 4, 2020
Everything was as expected. Great price. Very good for couples. Not so sure for individuals.
Bus Express, Sanei Kotsu KB5 (三栄交通(KBライナー), Jan 21, 2020
On time. The bus is clean and spacious. Staff speaks very little English
Bus Intercity, Heisei Enterprise HE0 (株式会社平成エンタープライズ), Dec 24, 2019
46 customer reviews

How to get from Kyoto to Tokyo

When you want to get from Kyoto to Tokyo, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Train

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Train. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A Train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 132.27. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 27.97.

How far is Kyoto from Tokyo?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Kyoto to Tokyo. Your trip will be a total of 287 miles (461 km). The flying distance is 281 miles (451 km).

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

The travel time from Kyoto to Tokyo can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 9 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Kyoto to Tokyo varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Sakura Kanko Bus CJ (さくら観光バス株式会社): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 27.97 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Train - a one-way Train ticket can cost as much as USD 132.27.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Kyoto to Tokyo:

  • flight+Train price: USD 12.01 - USD 106.08. From Kyoto to Tokyo starting from 09:30 Kyoto until 11:30 Kyoto
  • Bus tickets - USD 27.97 to USD 65.64;
  • Train tickets - USD 91.58 to USD 132.27;

How many trips per day are there between Kyoto and Tokyo?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 49 trains per day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 22:20 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:55. There are 19 available bus trips every day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Kyoto to Tokyo is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.


Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks..

The most popular transport from Kyoto to Tokyo

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Kyoto to Tokyo? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 97% decided to go for a bus.
  • 3% users enjoyed a train ride.