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

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Train Japan Railways (JR)  •  41m

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

$8 - $12

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Train Keihan Railways  •  51m

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

$4 - $6

3 alternative options

Bus  •  1h 32m

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

$15 - $20

Taxi  •  45m

  1. Take a taxi from Osaka to Kyoto 34.5 miles

$160 - $200

Drive  •  45m

  1. Drive from Osaka to Kyoto 34.5 miles

$5 - $9

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The cheapest way to get from Osaka to Kyoto is to train which costs ¥500 - ¥700 and takes 51m.

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The quickest way to get from Osaka to Kyoto is to train which costs ¥900 - ¥1400 and takes 41m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Osaka to Kyoto station. However, there are services departing from Osaka Daiichi Hotel and arriving at Kyoto Station Hachijou gate via Osaka Itami Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 32m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Yodoyabashi and arriving at Sanjo(Kyoto). Services depart every five minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 51m.

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The distance between Osaka and Kyoto is 43 km. The road distance is 55.1 km.

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The best way to get from Osaka to Kyoto without a car is to train which takes 41m and costs ¥900 - ¥1400.

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It takes approximately 41m to get from Osaka to Kyoto, including transfers.

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Osaka to Kyoto bus services, operated by OKK Airport Bus, depart from Osaka Daiichi Hotel station.

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Osaka to Kyoto train services, operated by Keihan Railways, depart from Yodoyabashi station.

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The best way to get from Osaka to Kyoto is to train which takes 41m and costs ¥900 - ¥1400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥1600 - ¥2300 and takes 1h 32m.

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Map of how to get from Osaka to Kyoto.
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  • Distance: 26.9 miles
  • Duration: 41m

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

Japan Railways (JR) operates a train from Osaka to Kyoto every 10 minutes. Tickets cost $6 - $9 and the journey takes 29m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Osaka to Kyoto via Osaka Itami Airport in around 1h 32m.

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.

Contact Details
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Osaka to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
29m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Keihan Railways
Hankyu Railways
Website
hankyu.co.jp
Train from Umeda(Hankyu) to Karasuma
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
OKK Airport Bus
Website
okkbus.co.jp
Bus from Osaka Daiichi Hotel to Osaka Airport
Ave. Duration
33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
okkbus.co.jp
Bus from Osaka Itami Airport to Kyoto Station Hachijou gate
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
okkbus.co.jp
Other operators
Taxi from Osaka to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
45m
Estimated price
$160 - $200
Tokyo MK Taxi
Phone
+81 50-3786-6001
Website
mktaxi-japan.com
Sakura Taxi
Phone
+81 6-6452-0055
Website
sakurataxi.co.jp
Kokusai Kogyo
Phone
+81 120-5931-08
Website
kkg-osaka.jp

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

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Osaka to Kyoto train services, operated by Keihan Railways, arrive at Sanjo(Kyoto) station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Osaka to Kyoto is 55 km. It takes approximately 45m to drive from Osaka to Kyoto.

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

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