2h 20m ride in train, Standard Seat
2h 20m ride in train, Standard Seat
Sugisaki Kanko Bus SS2
Instant Recommended
Tokyo Akihabara
9h 30m bus ride in Express

Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule

Tokyo to Kyoto Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Yutaka Kotsu UR3 Express 00:20 - 07:50¥ 3,864
Shinkansen Train Standard Seat 06:00 - 08:20¥ 16,959
Sakura Kotsu SK1 Intercity 08:40 - 18:40¥ 5,796
Shinkansen Train Standard Seat 10:00 - 12:20¥ 16,959
Shinkansen Train Standard Seat 12:00 - 14:20¥ 16,959
Shinkansen Train Standard Seat 14:00 - 16:20¥ 16,959
Shinkansen Train Standard Seat 16:00 - 18:20¥ 16,959
Shinkansen Train Standard Seat 18:00 - 20:20¥ 16,959
Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3 Express 21:30 - 07:00¥ 6,280
Yamaichi Service AF5 Express 21:40 - 07:45¥ 8,022
Sugisaki Kanko Bus SS2 Express 21:30 - 07:00¥ 9,472
Heisei Enterprise HE0 Express 22:00 - 08:20¥ 6,762

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How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto

Travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto is possible by Bus and train. Train guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you JPY 16,959 if you go by train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere JPY 3,192.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 13 hours to travel between Tokyo and Kyoto depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Tokyo and Kyoto. Train will bring you to your destination in 2h 10m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 12h 40m to reach Kyoto.

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

Travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto can be as cheap as JPY 3,192 if you opt for a Yamaichi Service AF5 bus and as expensive as JPY 16,959 if you buy a Shinkansen Train (Shinkansen Train) train ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

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

  • 115 from Tokyo to Kyoto starting from 00:20 Ikebukuro until 23:40 Ikebukuro
  • 40 from Tokyo to Kyoto starting from 06:00 Tokyo until 21:00 Shinagawa

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Tokyo to Kyoto.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Tokyo and Kyoto

Chibamirai Kanko Bus KB4, Eagle Bus EG, Grace Liner GR2, Heisei Community Bus HC, Heisei Enterprise HE0, Keisei bus ZKS4, Kintetsu Bus ZKN12, Kintetsu Bus ZKN2, New Prince Highway Bus WL08, Nihon Highway Bus WL07, Osaka Bus ZOS, Osaka Sayama Kotsu WL02, Sakura Kanko Bus CJ, Sakura Kotsu SK1, Sakura Kotsu SK4, Sanei Kotsu KB5, Shinki Bus HT2, Sugisaki Kanko Bus SS2, Sunshine Tour SN5, Tokyo Fuji Kotsu NT3, Willer Express WL01, Willer Express WL09, Yamaichi Service AF5, Yutaka Kotsu UR3, Yutaka YT


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Tokyo to Kyoto?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 926 took a train
  • 74 opted for a bus