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There are 4 ways to get from Sendai to Niigata by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4h 17m

  1. Take the train from Sendai(Miyagi/Jr) to Omiya(Saitama) Shinkansen Yamabiko / ...
  2. Take the train from Omiya(Saitama) to Niigata Shinkansen Max Toki / ...

$129 - $184

Cheapest option

Bus Yamako Bus  •  6h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Hirose dori Ichiban-cho to Yamagata Yamako Bldg
  2. Take the bus from Yamagata Yamako Bldg to Niigata

$32 - $48

2 alternative options

Bus JR Bus Tōhoku  •  4h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Hirosedori to Shin-Niigata

$47 - $48

Drive  •  3h 12m

  1. Drive from Sendai to Niigata 135.7 miles

$22 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Sendai to Niigata is to drive which costs ¥2500 - ¥3800 and takes 3h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Sendai to Niigata is to drive which costs ¥2500 - ¥3800 and takes 3h 12m.

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No, there is no direct train from Sendai to Niigata. However, there are services departing from Sendai(Miyagi/Jr) and arriving at Aoyama(Niigata) via Omiya(Saitama) and Niigata. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 17m.

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The distance between Sendai and Niigata is 168 km. The road distance is 217.1 km.

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The best way to get from Sendai to Niigata without a car is to train which takes 4h 17m and costs ¥14000 - ¥21000.

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It takes approximately 4h 17m to get from Sendai to Niigata, including transfers.

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Sendai to Niigata train services, operated by Japan Railways Shinkansen, depart from Sendai(Miyagi/Jr) station.

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The best way to get from Sendai to Niigata is to train which takes 4h 17m and costs ¥14000 - ¥21000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥5300 - ¥5500 and takes 4h 29m.

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Sendai to Niigata train services, operated by Japan Railways Shinkansen, arrive at Niigata station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sendai to Niigata is 217 km. It takes approximately 3h 12m to drive from Sendai to Niigata.

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  • Distance: 105.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 17m

What companies run services between Sendai, Miyagi, Japan and Niigata, Japan?

You can take a train from Sendai to Niigata via Omiya(Saitama) and Niigata in around 4h 17m. Alternatively, JR Bus Tōhoku operates a bus from Sendai to Niigata every 4 hours. Tickets cost $47 and the journey takes 4h 5m.

Train operators
Bus operators
JR Bus Tōhoku
Website
jrbustohoku.co.jp
Bus from Hirosedori to Shin-Niigata
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
jrbustohoku.co.jp
Yamako Bus
Website
yamakobus.co.jp
Bus from Hirose dori Ichiban-cho to Yamagata Yamako Bldg
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
yamakobus.co.jp
Bus from Yamagata Yamako Bldg to Niigata
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
yamakobus.co.jp

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