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There are 8 ways to get from Niigata 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 via Tokyo  •  5h 29m

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

$168 - $240

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Night bus  •  11h 25m

  1. Take the night bus from Niigata Station to Kyōto

$48 - $69

6 alternative options

Train  •  8h 19m

  1. Take the train from Niigata to Joetsumyoko
  2. Take the train from Joetsumyoko to Kanazawa
  3. Take the train from Kanazawa to Kyoto

$137 - $172

Bus  •  11h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Toppara to Nagano
  2. Take the bus from Nagano to Kyoto Station

$91

Drive  •  5h 56m

  1. Drive from Niigata to Kyoto 333.2 miles

$55 - $85

Train, fly to Osaka Itami  •  3h 56m

  1. Take the train from Aoyama(Niigata) to Niigata
  2. Fly from Niigata (KIJ) to Osaka Itami (ITM) KIJ - ITM

$122 - $260

Train, fly to Nagoya Airfield  •  3h 52m

  1. Take the train from Aoyama(Niigata) to Niigata
  2. Fly from Niigata (KIJ) to Nagoya Airfield (NKM) KIJ - NKM
  3. Take the train from Nagoya to Kyoto

$139 - $359

Train, fly to Chūbu Centrair  •  4h 37m

  1. Take the train from Aoyama(Niigata) to Niigata
  2. Fly from Niigata (KIJ) to Chūbu Centrair (NGO) KIJ - NGO
  3. Take the train from Nagoya to Kyoto

$115 - $362

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The cheapest way to get from Niigata to Kyoto is to night bus which costs ¥5000 - ¥8000 and takes 11h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Niigata to Kyoto is to train and fly which costs ¥15000 - ¥41000 and takes 3h 52m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Niigata to Kyoto station. However, there are services departing from Toppara and arriving at Kyoto Station via Nagano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 38m.

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The distance between Niigata and Kyoto is 431 km. The road distance is 533 km.

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The best way to get from Niigata to Kyoto without a car is to train which takes 5h 29m and costs ¥19000 - ¥27000.

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It takes approximately 5h 29m to get from Niigata to Kyoto, including transfers.

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Niigata to Kyoto bus services, operated by Nagaden Bus, depart from Toppara station.

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The best way to get from Niigata to Kyoto is to train which takes 5h 29m and costs ¥19000 - ¥27000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥10286 and takes 11h 38m.

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The quickest flight from Niigata Airport to Osaka Itami Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Niigata to Kyoto bus services, operated by Access Shinshu, arrive at Kyoto Station.

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Map of how to get from Niigata to Kyoto.
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  • Distance: 269.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 29m

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

You can take a train from Niigata to Kyoto via Niigata, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kyoto in around 5h 29m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Niigata to Kyoto via Nagano in around 11h 38m.

Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Website
ana.co.jp
Flights from Niigata to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Flights from Niigata to Chūbu Centrair
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Niigata to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Ibex Airlines
Website
ibexair.co.jp
Flights from Niigata to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $240
Fuji Dream
Website
fujidream.co.jp
Flights from Niigata to Nagoya Airfield
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $240
Train operators
Japan Railways Shinkansen
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Niigata to Tokyo
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$65 - $90
Reserved seat
$75 - $95
Green seat
$95 - $130
Train from Tokyo to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$100 - $140
Reserved seat
$110 - $140
Green seat
$140 - $190
Train from Joetsumyoko to Kanazawa
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$45 - $60
Reserved seat
$50 - $65
Green seat
$65 - $90
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
Japan Railways Limited Express
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
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 Aoyama(Niigata) to Niigata
Ave. Duration
11m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
Nagaden Bus
Access Shinshu
Website
alpico.co.jp
Bus from Nagano to Kyoto Station
Ave. Duration
7h 34m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$62
Schedules at
alpico.co.jp
Willer Travel
Website
willerexpress.com
Night bus from Niigata Station to Kyōto
Ave. Duration
9h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
willerexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Niigata to Kyoto is 533 km. It takes approximately 5h 56m to drive from Niigata to Kyoto.

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All Nippon Airways, Ibex Airlines and Japan Airlines offer flights from Niigata Airport to Osaka Itami Airport.

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

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