Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto

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Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule

Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Peach Airlines Economy #MM31207:30 - 09:05¥ 5,130
Sakura Kotsu SK6 Express 08:40 - 17:15¥ 3,864
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 10:30 - 12:45¥ 14,879
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 13:30 - 15:45¥ 13,986
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 14:25 - 16:40¥ 14,879
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 17:30 - 19:45¥ 19,782
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 19:30 - 21:45¥ 13,986
Sugisaki Kanko Bus SS2 Express 21:50 - 05:40¥ 5,219
Sunshine Express SN6 AC Seater 23:40 - 06:00¥ 4,274

Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto Destination Reviews

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
We are easy exchanged the pass at the Narita Airport, and traveled through Japan without any problem.
railpass Ordinary Car, Japan Railpass, Feb 1, 2021
Кресла комфортные, получилось вытянутся и выспаться. Отличная альтернатива дневным поездам
Bus Standard Plus, Sakura Kotsu Bus, Feb 1, 2021
railpass Ordinary Car, Japan Railpass, Feb 1, 2021
The most convenient way to travel in Japan
railpass Ordinary Car, Japan Railpass, Feb 1, 2021
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
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
Everything was perfect!
Train Standard Seat, Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train), Feb 10, 2020
54 customer reviews

How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto

When you want to get from Tokyo to Kyoto, 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 146.30. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 103.43.

How far is Tokyo from Kyoto?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Tokyo to Kyoto. Your trip will be a total of 290 miles (466 km). The flying distance is 282 miles (453 km).

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

The travel time from Tokyo to Kyoto 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 Tokyo to Kyoto?

The cost of the trip from Tokyo to Kyoto varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Shinkansen JR Central: travelling by train expect to pay as low as USD 103.43 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 146.30.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 43.54 to USD 98.44;
  • flight+Train price: USD 84.63. From Tokyo to Kyoto starting from 07:15 Narita Airport until 07:15 Narita Airport
  • Train tickets - USD 103.44 to USD 146.30;

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

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 51 trains per day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Tokyo to Kyoto 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 Tokyo to Kyoto

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Tokyo to Kyoto? 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:

  • 79% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 21% decided to go for a bus.