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There are 3 ways to get from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train, night bus or car

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Train  •  2h 31m

  1. Take the train from Kanazawa to Kyoto Ltd Exp Thunderbird

$56 - $60

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  4h 47m

  1. Take the night bus from Ekinishi Gocho-mae to Kyoutofukakusa

$34 - $35

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2h 44m

  1. Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto 143 miles

$24 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Kanazawa to Kyoto is to drive which costs ¥2700 - ¥4000 and takes 2h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Kanazawa to Kyoto is to train which costs ¥6300 - ¥6800 and takes 2h 31m.

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The distance between Kanazawa and Kyoto is 192 km. The road distance is 228.8 km.

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The best way to get from Kanazawa to Kyoto without a car is to train which takes 2h 31m and costs ¥6300 - ¥6800.

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It takes approximately 2h 31m to get from Kanazawa to Kyoto, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kanazawa to Kyoto is 229 km. It takes approximately 2h 44m to drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto.

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There are 2385+ hotels available in Kyoto. Prices start at $53 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 120 miles
  • Duration: 2h 31m

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

Japan Railways Thunderbird operates a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto hourly. Tickets cost $54 - $58 and the journey takes 2h 19m.

Train operators
Japan Railways Thunderbird
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kanazawa to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$54 - $58
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
Hokutetsu Transportation
Phone
81762375115
Website
hokutetsu.co.jp
Night bus from Ekinishi Gocho-mae to Kyoutofukakusa
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
hokutetsu.co.jp

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