There are 9 ways to get from Tokyo to Kyoto by train, night bus, car, plane or bus

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Train  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Tokyo to Kyoto Shinkansen Nozomi

$100 - $140

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Night bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the night bus from Tokyo to Kyōto

$70 - $145

7 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Tokyo to Kyoto 288.2 miles

$45 - $70

Fly Tokyo Haneda to Osaka, train  •  4 h 4 min

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

$87 - $328

Train to Tokyo Narita, fly to Osaka, train  •  4 h 32 min

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

$128 - $464

Fly Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Kobe, train  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Osaka Kobe (UKB) HND - UKB
  2. Take the train from Shin-Kobe to Kyoto

$95 - $302

Fly Tokyo Haneda to Nagoya, train  •  4 h 20 min

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

$109 - $310

Fly Tokyo Haneda to Tokushima, bus, train  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Tokushima (TKS) HND - TKS
  2. Take the bus from Kousoku Naruto to Shin-Kobe Station
  3. Take the train from Shin-Kobe to Kyoto

$180 - $517

Train to Ibaraki, fly to Osaka Kobe, train  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Tokyo to Ishioka
  2. Fly from Ibaraki (IBR) to Osaka Kobe (UKB) IBR - UKB
  3. Take the train from Shin-Kobe to Kyoto

$153 - $331

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Kyoto is to drive which costs ¥5000 - ¥8000 and takes 4 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Tokyo to Kyoto is to train which costs ¥11000 - ¥16000 and takes 2 h 17 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Tokyo to Kyoto. However, there are services departing from Tokyo and arriving at Horikawa Marutamachi via Kyoto Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 12 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Tokyo and arriving at Kyoto. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 17 min.

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The distance between Tokyo and Kyoto is 371 km. The road distance is 461.2 km.

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The best way to get from Tokyo to Kyoto without a car is to train which takes 2 h 17 min and costs ¥11000 - ¥16000.

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The train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2 h 17 min including transfers and departs every 20 minutes.

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

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

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

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Map of how to get from Tokyo to Kyoto.
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  • Distance: 232.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 17 min

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

Japan Railways Shinkansen operates a train from Tokyo to Kyoto every 20 minutes. Tickets cost $100 - $140 and the journey takes 2 h 17 min.

Airlines
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Osaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Osaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Nagoya
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Tokushima
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
All Nippon Airways
Website
ana.co.jp
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Osaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Osaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Kobe
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Nagoya
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $360
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Tokushima
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Skymark Airlines
Website
skymark.co.jp
Flights from Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Kobe
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Ibaraki to Osaka Kobe
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Train operators
Japan Railways Shinkansen
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Tokyo to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$100 - $140
Reserved seat
$110 - $140
Green seat
$140 - $190
Train from Shin-Kobe to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$27 - $40
Reserved seat
$30 - $40
Green seat
$40 - $55
Train from Nagoya to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
$35 - $55
Reserved seat
$45 - $60
Green seat
$55 - $75
Hankyu Railways
Website
hankyu.co.jp
Train from Minamiibaraki(Hankyu) to Omiya(Kyoto)
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
Eagle Bus
Email
ops@new-wing.co.jp
Website
new-wing.co.jp
Night bus from Tokyo to Kyōto
Ave. Duration
8 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$68
Schedules at
willerexpress.com
Honshi Bus
Phone
088-664-6030
Website
honshi-bus.co.jp
Bus from Kousoku Naruto to Shin-Kobe Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
honshi-bus.co.jp

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Tokyo to Kyoto bus services, operated by JR Bus Kanto, arrive at Kyōto station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Tokyo to Kyoto is 461 km. It takes approximately 4 h 56 min to drive from Tokyo to Kyoto.

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

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There are 2111+ hotels available in Kyoto. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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