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There are 9 ways to get from Tokyo 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  •  2 h 17 min

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

$100 - $140

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  10 h 4 min

  1. Take the night bus from Tokyo Station Kajibashi to Kyōto

$42 - $71

7 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit to Kyoto Fukakusa

$46 - $47

Drive  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Tokyo to Kyoto 288.2 miles

$45 - $70

Fly Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami, train  •  4 h

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

$87 - $328

Train to Tokyo Narita, fly to Osaka Itami, train  •  4 h 33 min

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

$128 - $464

Fly Tokyo Haneda to Kobe, train  •  4 h 42 min

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

$94 - $302

Fly Tokyo Haneda to Chūbu Centrair, train  •  4 h 18 min

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

$109 - $305

Train to Tokyo Narita, fly to Chūbu Centrair, train  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Tokyo to Narita Airport Terminal 2
  2. Fly from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Chūbu Centrair (NGO) NRT - NGO
  3. Take the train from Nagoya to Kyoto

$130 - $361

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Kyoto is to bus which costs ¥5200 - ¥5400 and takes 8 h 25 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 station to Kyoto. However, there are services departing from Tokyo Station Kajibashi and arriving at Horikawa Marutamachi via Kyoto Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 4 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Tokyo and arriving at Kyoto. Services depart every 15 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 15 minutes.

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Tokyo to Kyoto bus services, operated by Willer Travel, arrive at Tokyo Station Kajibashi.

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

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The best way to get from Tokyo to Kyoto is to train which takes 2 h 17 min and costs ¥11000 - ¥16000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥5200 - ¥5400 and takes 8 h 25 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 15 minutes. Tickets cost $100 - $140 and the journey takes 2 h 17 min. Alternatively, JR Bus Kanto operates a bus from Tokyo to Kyoto 5 times a day. Tickets cost $45 and the journey takes 7 h 52 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
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Chūbu Centrair
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Chūbu Centrair via Niigata
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $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 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from Tokyo Narita to Chūbu Centrair
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
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 Shinkansen
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Tokyo to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
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 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
Bus operators
JR Bus Kanto
Willer Travel
Website
willerexpress.com
Night bus from Tokyo Station Kajibashi to Kyōto
Ave. Duration
9 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Schedules at
willerexpress.com

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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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Tokyo to Kyoto bus services, operated by Willer Travel, 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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All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines offer flights from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Osaka Itami Airport.

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There are 2235+ hotels available in Kyoto. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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