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There are 4 ways to get from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train, bus, night bus or car

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Train  •  2 h 59 min

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

$56 - $60

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  5 h 41 min

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

$34 - $35

2 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Kyōto to Meitetsu Bus Centre
  2. Take the bus from Meitetsu Nagoya to Kanazawa

$60

Drive  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa 142.7 miles

$24 - $35

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Kyoto to Kanazawa. However, there are services departing from Kyōto and arriving at Kanazawa via Meitetsu Nagoya. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 12 min.

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The distance between Kyoto and Kanazawa is 192 km. The road distance is 228.3 km.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Kanazawa without a car is to train which takes 2 h 59 min and costs ¥6300 - ¥6800.

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It takes approximately 2 h 59 min to get from Kyoto to Kanazawa, including transfers.

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Kyoto to Kanazawa bus services, operated by Meitetsu Bus, depart from Kyōto station.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Kanazawa is to train which takes 2 h 59 min and costs ¥6300 - ¥6800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥6725 and takes 7 h 12 min.

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Kyoto to Kanazawa bus services, operated by Meitetsu Bus, arrive at Kanazawa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kyoto to Kanazawa is 228 km. It takes approximately 2 h 44 min to drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa.

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  • Distance: 120 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 59 min

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

Japan Railways Thunderbird operates a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa hourly. Tickets cost $54 - $58 and the journey takes 2 h 16 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kyoto to Kanazawa via Meitetsu Bus Centre and Meitetsu Nagoya in around 7 h 12 min.

Train operators
Japan Railways Thunderbird
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Kanazawa
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$54 - $58
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
Meitetsu Bus
Website
meitetsu-bus.co.jp
Bus from Kyōto to Meitetsu Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
meitetsu-bus.co.jp
Bus from Meitetsu Nagoya to Kanazawa
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
meitetsu-bus.co.jp
Hokutetsu Transportation
Phone
81762375115
Website
hokutetsu.co.jp
Night bus from Kyoutofukakusa to Ekinishi Gocho-mae
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
hokutetsu.co.jp

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