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

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Train  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Shinagawa Jr Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Local / ...
  2. Take the train from Shinagawa to Kyoto Shinkansen Nozomi / ...

$102 - $150

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Night bus  •  10 h 4 min

  1. Take the night bus from Ōmiya Station to Kyōto

$69

6 alternative options

Bus  •  10 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Omiya to Kintetsu Yokkaichi
  2. Take the bus from Kintetsu Yokkaichi to Gojo Keihan

$121

Drive  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Saitama to Kyoto 309.9 miles

$50 - $80

Train to Tokyo Haneda, fly to Osaka Itami, train  •  4 h 49 min

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

$91 - $334

Train, train to Tokyo Narita, fly to Osaka Itami  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Nippori
  2. Take the train from Nippori to Narita Airport Terminal 2
  3. Fly from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Osaka Itami (ITM) NRT - ITM
  4. Take the train from Minamiibaraki(Hankyu) to Omiya(Kyoto)

$132 - $466

Train to Tokyo Haneda, fly to Kobe, train  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Hamamatsucho
  2. Fly from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Kobe (UKB) HND - UKB
  3. Take the train from Shin-Kobe to Kyoto

$98 - $308

Train to Tokyo Haneda, fly to Chūbu Centrair, train  •  5 h 7 min

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

$113 - $311

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Saitama to Kyoto is to drive which costs ¥5500 - ¥8500 and takes 5 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Saitama to Kyoto is to train which costs ¥11000 - ¥17000 and takes 3 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Saitama to Kyoto. However, there are services departing from Omiya and arriving at Gojo Keihan via Kintetsu Yokkaichi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 19 min.

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The distance between Saitama and Kyoto is 367 km. The road distance is 495.8 km.

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The best way to get from Saitama to Kyoto without a car is to train which takes 3 h 31 min and costs ¥11000 - ¥17000.

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It takes approximately 3 h 31 min to get from Saitama to Kyoto, including transfers.

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Saitama to Kyoto bus services, operated by Mie Kotsu, depart from Omiya station.

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The best way to get from Saitama to Kyoto is to train which takes 3 h 31 min and costs ¥11000 - ¥17000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥13696 and takes 10 h 19 min.

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

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Saitama to Kyoto bus services, operated by Mie Kotsu, arrive at Gojo Keihan station.

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Map of how to get from Saitama to Kyoto.
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  • Distance: 229.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 31 min

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

You can take a train from Saitama to Kyoto via Shinagawa and Kyoto in around 3 h 31 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Saitama to Kyoto via Kintetsu Yokkaichi in around 10 h 19 min.

Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Website
ana.co.jp
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Osaka Itami via Sendai
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $310
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Kobe
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Chūbu Centrair
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $360
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Osaka Itami
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Chūbu Centrair
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Skymark Airlines
Website
skymark.co.jp
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Kobe
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $270
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 Saitama-Shintoshin to Shinagawa
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Hamamatsucho
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Saitama-Shintoshin to Nippori
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Japan Railways Shinkansen
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Shinagawa to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$95 - $130
Reserved seat
$110 - $140
Green seat
$140 - $190
Train from Shin-Kobe to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$26 - $35
Reserved seat
$30 - $40
Green seat
$40 - $55
Train from Nagoya to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$35 - $55
Reserved seat
$45 - $55
Green seat
$55 - $75
Hankyu Railways
Website
hankyu.co.jp
Train from Minamiibaraki(Hankyu) to Omiya(Kyoto)
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Keisei Skyliner
Website
keisei.co.jp
Train from Nippori to Narita Airport Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
Mie Kotsu
Website
sanco.co.jp
Bus from Omiya to Kintetsu Yokkaichi
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$99
Schedules at
sanco.co.jp
Bus from Kintetsu Yokkaichi to Gojo Keihan
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
sanco.co.jp
Eagle Bus
Email
ops@new-wing.co.jp
Website
new-wing.co.jp
Night bus from Ōmiya Station to Kyōto
Ave. Duration
9 h 38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$68
Schedules at
willerexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Saitama to Kyoto is 496 km. It takes approximately 5 h 18 min to drive from Saitama to Kyoto.

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

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There are 2205+ hotels available in Kyoto. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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