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

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Train  •  2h 25m

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Tokyo Shinkansen Nozomi / ...

¥11224 - ¥16255

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Bus  •  7h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi to Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit

¥3900 - ¥7000

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Night bus  •  8h 19m

  1. Take the night bus from Kyōto to Tokyo

¥4230 - ¥8230

Drive  •  4h 56m

  1. Drive from Kyoto to Tokyo 457 km

¥5000 - ¥7500

Train to Osaka Itami, fly to Tokyo Haneda  •  3h 54m

  1. Take the train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
  2. Fly from Osaka Itami (ITM) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) ITM - HND

¥8796 - ¥27628

Train, bus to Kobe, fly to Tokyo Haneda  •  4h 12m

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
  2. Take the bus from Shin-Kobe Station to Sannomiya Station
  3. Fly from Kobe (UKB) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) UKB - HND

¥11344 - ¥17875

Train to Chūbu Centrair, fly to Tokyo Haneda  •  4h 15m

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

¥20824 - ¥68325

Train to Osaka Itami, fly to Tokyo Narita, train  •  4h 57m

  1. Take the train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
  2. Fly from Osaka Itami (ITM) to Tokyo Narita (NRT) ITM - NRT
  3. Take the train from Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station to Ueno

¥15046 - ¥61458

Kyoto to Tokyo by bus

The bus journey time between Kyoto and Tokyo is around 7h 54m and covers a distance of around 456 km. The fastest bus normally takes 7h 54m. Operated by JR Bus Kanto and Willer Express, the Kyoto to Tokyo bus service departs from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi and arrives in Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
7h 54m
Fastest bus time:
7h 54m
Buses per week:
7
Cheapest price:
¥3900
Carbon emissions:
56 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
09:10
Last bus departs at:
09:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Kyoto to Tokyo bus schedules

Kyoto → Tokyo
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The cheapest way to get from Kyoto to Tokyo is to bus which costs ¥3900 - ¥7000 and takes 7h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Kyoto to Tokyo is to train which costs ¥11000 - ¥17000 and takes 2h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi station and arriving at Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 43m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kyoto to Tokyo. However, there are services departing from Marutamachi and arriving at Tokyo via Kyoto. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 25m.

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The distance between Kyoto and Tokyo is 371 km. The road distance is 457 km.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Tokyo without a car is to train which takes 2h 25m and costs ¥11000 - ¥17000.

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It takes approximately 2h 25m to get from Kyoto to Tokyo, including transfers.

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Kyoto to Tokyo bus services, operated by JR Bus Kanto, depart from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi.

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Kyoto to Tokyo train services, operated by Japan Railways Shinkansen, depart from Kyoto station.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Tokyo is to train which takes 2h 25m and costs ¥11000 - ¥17000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥3900 - ¥7000 and takes 7h 43m.

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Map of how to get from Kyoto to Tokyo.
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  • Distance: 371.3 km
  • Duration: 2h 25m

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

Japan Railways Shinkansen operates a train from Kyoto to Tokyo every 15 minutes. Tickets cost ¥11000 - ¥16000 and the journey takes 2h 12m. Alternatively, JR Bus Kanto operates a bus from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi to Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit 3 times a day. Tickets cost ¥3900 - ¥6000 and the journey takes 7h 43m. Willer Express also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥9500 - ¥43000
Flights from Chūbu Centrair to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥17000 - ¥70000
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Narita
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥13000 - ¥55000
All Nippon Airways
Website
ana.co.jp
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥9500 - ¥44000
Flights from Kobe to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥9500 - ¥16000
Flights from Chūbu Centrair to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥15000 - ¥60000
Skymark Airlines
Website
skymark.co.jp
Flights from Kobe to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥7000 - ¥21000
Train operators
Japan Railways Shinkansen

Japan’s famous bullet trains, operated by Japan Rail, are known for their comfort, punctuality and efficiency. They run at speeds of up to 320km/h and connect most of the country’s major cities. Most shinkansen trains offer two classes – Ordinary and Green Car – although some also offer Gran Class (comparable to first class). Seat reservations can be made on all trains for a small fee, although it’s not mandatory apart from on a handful of routes.

Contact Details
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Tokyo
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
¥11000 - ¥16000
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥11000 - ¥15000
Reserved seat
¥12000 - ¥16000
Green seat
¥16000 - ¥22000
Train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
¥3000 - ¥4800
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥3000 - ¥4100
Reserved seat
¥3900 - ¥4800
Green seat
¥4600 - ¥6500
Train from Kyoto to Nagoya
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
¥4400 - ¥6500
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥4400 - ¥6000
Reserved seat
¥5000 - ¥6500
Green seat
¥6500 - ¥9000
Hankyu Railways
Website
hankyu.co.jp
Train from Omiya(Kyoto) to Minamiibaraki(Hankyu)
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
¥320 - ¥380
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Keisei Skyliner
Website
keisei.co.jp
Train from Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station to Ueno
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥1200 - ¥2600
Website
https://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/
Book at
https://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/e-ticket/en/
Bus operators
JR Bus Kanto
Phone
03-3844-0489
Website
jrbuskanto.co.jp.e.wn.hp.transer.com
Bus from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi to Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
¥3900 - ¥6000
Schedules at
time.jrbuskanto.co.jp.e.wn.hp.transer.com
Willer Express
Phone
+81(50)5805-0383
Website
willerexpress.com
Bus from Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station to Tokyo Station Kajibashi
Ave. Duration
8h 29m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
¥4900 - ¥7000
Schedules at
willerexpress.com
Kintetsu Bus
Phone
06-6618-5301
Website
kintetsu-bus.co.jp
Night bus from Kyōto to Tokyo
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
¥4000 - ¥8000
Schedules at
kintetsu-bus.co.jp
Kobe City Loop
Phone
+81783042226
Website
kobecityloop.jp
Bus from Shin-Kobe Station to Sannomiya Station
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
¥260 - ¥700
Schedules at
kobecityloop.jp
Adult Day pass
¥680
Child Day pass
¥340

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

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Kyoto to Tokyo bus services, operated by JR Bus Kanto, arrive at Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit.

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Kyoto to Tokyo train services, operated by Japan Railways Shinkansen, arrive at Tokyo station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kyoto to Tokyo is 457 km. It takes approximately 4h 56m to drive from Kyoto to Tokyo.

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

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