Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto

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Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule

Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 06:30 - 08:45¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 08:30 - 10:45¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 11:30 - 13:45¥ 13,720
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 12:30 - 14:45¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Standard 14:25 - 16:40¥ 14,595
Shinkansen JR Central Unreserved seat 16:30 - 18:45¥ 13,720
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 18:30 - 20:45¥ 19,405
Shinkansen JR Central Green Car 21:00 - 23:15¥ 19,405

Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto Destination Reviews

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
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
36 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 flight+Train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 183.51. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 16.57.

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 10 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 Tourist Bus TRB: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 16.57 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight+Train - a one-way flight+Train ticket can cost as much as USD 183.51.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 16.57 to USD 64.71;
  • Train tickets - USD 102.11 to USD 144.42;
  • flight+Train price: USD 183.51. From Tokyo to Kyoto starting from 15:55 Narita Airport until 15:55 Narita Airport

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 60 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:

  • 86% decided to go for a bus.
  • 14% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 1% Other