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There are 5 ways to get from Kyoto to Osaka by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train Japan Railways (JR)  •  39 min

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Osaka JR Special Rapid Service / ...

$8 - $11

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Train Keihan Railways  •  52 min

  1. Take the train from Sanjo(Kyoto) to Yodoyabashi Keihan Main Exp / ...

$4 - $6

3 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate to Osaka Itami Airport
  2. Take the bus from Osaka Airport to Osaka Daiichi Hotel

$14 - $20

Taxi  •  45 min

  1. Take a taxi from Kyoto to Osaka 35.1 miles

$160 - $200

Drive  •  45 min

  1. Drive from Kyoto to Osaka 35.1 miles

$5 - $9

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The cheapest way to get from Kyoto to Osaka is to train which costs ¥500 - ¥700 and takes 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kyoto to Osaka is to train which costs ¥900 - ¥1300 and takes 39 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kyoto station to Osaka. However, there are services departing from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate and arriving at Osaka Daiichi Hotel via Osaka Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 53 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Sanjo(Kyoto) and arriving at Yodoyabashi. Services depart every five minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 52 min.

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The distance between Kyoto and Osaka is 43 km. The road distance is 56.2 km.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Osaka without a car is to train which takes 39 min and costs ¥900 - ¥1300.

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It takes approximately 39 min to get from Kyoto to Osaka, including transfers.

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Kyoto to Osaka bus services, operated by OKK Airport Bus, arrive at Kyoto Station Hachijou gate.

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Kyoto to Osaka train services, operated by Keihan Railways, depart from Sanjo(Kyoto) station.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Osaka is to train which takes 39 min and costs ¥900 - ¥1300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥1600 - ¥2300 and takes 1 h 53 min.

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Map of how to get from Kyoto to Osaka.
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  • Distance: 26.9 miles
  • Duration: 39 min

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

Japan Railways (JR) operates a train from Kyoto to Osaka every 10 minutes. Tickets cost $6 - $9 and the journey takes 28 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kyoto to Osaka via Osaka Itami Airport and Osaka Airport in around 1 h 53 min.

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.

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Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Osaka
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Keihan Railways
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Sanjo(Kyoto) to Yodoyabashi
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Hankyu Railways
Website
hankyu.co.jp
Train from Karasuma to Umeda(Hankyu)
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
OKK Airport Bus
Website
okkbus.co.jp
Bus from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate to Osaka Itami Airport
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
okkbus.co.jp
Bus from Osaka Airport to Osaka Daiichi Hotel
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
okkbus.co.jp
Other operators
Taxi from Kyoto to Osaka
Ave. Duration
45 min
Estimated price
$160 - $200
Ecolo Taxi
Phone
+8 75-803-2228
Website
ecolo21.com
Tokyo MK Taxi
Phone
+81 50-3786-6001
Website
mktaxi-japan.com
Miyako Taxi
Phone
+81 75-661-6611
Website
117385.com

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Kyoto to Osaka bus services, operated by OKK Airport Bus, arrive at Osaka Daiichi Hotel station.

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Kyoto to Osaka train services, operated by Keihan Railways, arrive at Yodoyabashi station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kyoto to Osaka is 56 km. It takes approximately 45 min to drive from Kyoto to Osaka.

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There are 2630+ hotels available in Osaka. Prices start at $47 USD per night.

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