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There are 8 ways to get from Saitama to Kyoto by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Shinagawa Jr Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Local / ...
  2. Take the train from Shinagawa to Kyoto Shinkansen Nozomi / ...

$102 - $150

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Bus  •  7h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Saitama-Shintoshin Sta.(East Ent.) to Kyoto Sta.(Hachijyo Ent.) [Highway Bus] Silk Liner

$45 - $80

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Night bus  •  10h 4m

  1. Take the night bus from Ōmiya Station to Kyōto

$69

Drive  •  5h 18m

  1. Drive from Saitama to Kyoto 309.9 miles

$50 - $80

Train to Tokyo Haneda, fly to Osaka Itami  •  4h 26m

  1. Take the train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Hamamatsucho
  2. Fly from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Osaka Itami (ITM) HND - ITM

$95 - $339

Train, train to Tokyo Narita, fly to Osaka Itami  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Nippori
  2. Take the train from Nippori to Narita Airport Terminal 2
  3. Fly from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Osaka Itami (ITM) NRT - ITM

$122 - $461

Train to Tokyo Haneda, fly to Kobe, train  •  5h 28m

  1. Take the train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Hamamatsucho
  2. Fly from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Kobe (UKB) HND - UKB
  3. Take the train from Shin-Kobe to Kyoto

$98 - $308

Train to Tokyo Haneda, fly to Chūbu Centrair, train  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Hamamatsucho
  2. Fly from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Chūbu Centrair (NGO) HND - NGO
  3. Take the train from Nagoya to Kyoto

$113 - $311

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Saitama to Kyoto is to drive which costs ¥5500 - ¥8500 and takes 5h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Saitama to Kyoto is to train which costs ¥11000 - ¥17000 and takes 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Saitama-Shintoshin Sta.(East Ent.) and arriving at Kyoto Sta.(Hachijyo Ent.). Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 15m.

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The distance between Saitama and Kyoto is 367 km. The road distance is 495.8 km.

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The best way to get from Saitama to Kyoto without a car is to train which takes 3h 30m and costs ¥11000 - ¥17000.

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It takes approximately 3h 30m to get from Saitama to Kyoto, including transfers.

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Saitama to Kyoto bus services, operated by Nippon Chuo Bus Co, depart from Saitama-Shintoshin Sta.(East Ent.) station.

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The best way to get from Saitama to Kyoto is to train which takes 3h 30m and costs ¥11000 - ¥17000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥5000 - ¥8500 and takes 7h 15m.

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The quickest flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Osaka Itami Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Saitama to Kyoto bus services, operated by Nippon Chuo Bus Co, arrive at Kyoto Sta.(Hachijyo Ent.) station.

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Map of how to get from Saitama to Kyoto.
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  • Distance: 229.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 30m

What companies run services between Saitama, Japan and Kyoto, Japan?

You can take a train from Saitama to Kyoto via Shinagawa, Kyoto, and Kyoto in around 3h 30m. Alternatively, Nippon Chuo Bus Co operates a bus from Saitama to Kyoto once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $80 and the journey takes 7h 15m.

Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Website
ana.co.jp
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Osaka Itami via Sendai
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $310
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Kobe
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Chūbu Centrair
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $360
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Chūbu Centrair
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Skymark Airlines
Website
skymark.co.jp
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Kobe
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Train operators
Japan Railways (JR)

Japan Railways operates a large proportion of the main intercity routes, including the high-speed Shinkansen service and commuter rail service. Covering 1665 stations across 7458km, Japan Railways carries an average of 17 million passengers per day. There are several rail passes on offer for customers such as the Hokkaido Pass, the JR West Rail Pass, JR East Pass, Shikoku Pass, Kyushu Pass and Flex Japan Tourist Pass.

Contact Details
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Shinagawa
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Hamamatsucho
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Nippori
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Japan Railways Shinkansen
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Shinagawa to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$95 - $130
Reserved seat
$110 - $140
Green seat
$140 - $190
Train from Shin-Kobe to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
28m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$26 - $35
Reserved seat
$30 - $40
Green seat
$40 - $55
Train from Nagoya to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$35 - $55
Reserved seat
$45 - $55
Green seat
$55 - $75
Keisei Railways
Website
keisei.co.jp
Train from Nippori to Narita Airport Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
Nippon Chuo Bus Co
Website
ncbbus.co.jp
Bus from Saitama-Shintoshin Sta.(East Ent.) to Kyoto Sta.(Hachijyo Ent.)
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
ncbbus.co.jp
Eagle Bus
Email
ops@new-wing.co.jp
Website
new-wing.co.jp
Night bus from Ōmiya Station to Kyōto
Ave. Duration
9h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$68
Schedules at
willerexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Saitama to Kyoto is 496 km. It takes approximately 5h 18m to drive from Saitama to Kyoto.

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All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines offer flights from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Osaka Itami Airport.

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