How to go From Tokyo to Kyoto? The Shinkansen fast train and the other transportatin alternatives
The best way to go from Tokyo to Kyoto is the shinkansen fast train. The cost of the shinkansen fast train (Tokyo – Kyoto) is ￥13080 for one-way. The cost is approximately ￥26160 for the round trip. The Tokyo – Kyoto Shinkansen ride is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. The first shinkansen fast train departs from Tokyo at 6:26AM. The last shinkansen fast train departs from Tokyo at 21:20 PM. There is a shinkansen bullet train service every 10 minutes. You can reserve online but it is more convenient to buy the ticket at the station.
Shinkansen Fast Trains from Tokyo to Kyoto
|Type of the Shinkansen Fast Train||Tokyo||Kyoto|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||6:26||9:11|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||6:56||10:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||7:03||9:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||7:33||10:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||7:56||11:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||8:03||10:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||8:33||11:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||8:56||12:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||9:03||11:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||9:33||12:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||9:56||13:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||10:03||12:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||10:33||13:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||10:56||14:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||11:03||13:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||11:33||14:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||11:56||14:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||12:03||14:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||12:33||15:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||12:56||16:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||13:03||15:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||13:33||16:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||13:56||17:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||14:03||16:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||14:33||17:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||14:56||18:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||15:03||17:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||15:33||18:18|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||15:56||19:41|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||16:03||18:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||16:33||19:18|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||17:03||19:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||17:33||20:18|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||18:03||20:48|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||18:33||21:18|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||19:03||21:48|
|KODAMA- LONG ROUTE||19:26||23:11|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||19:33||22:18|
|HIKARI- JR-PASS OK!||20:03||22:48|
JR-PASS allows you to use the shinkansen fast train for free. If you have a JR-PASS, you can only use the HIKARI-SHINKANSEN. If you have a JR-PASS, you can NOT use all the shinkansen fast trains. Please purchase the JR PASS before arriving in Japan. You cannot purchase JR-PASS after you arrive in Japan.
First 3 wagons are non-reserved, you can sit anywhere you want. The other wagons are reserved, you have to find your seat. You can charge your phone or tablet on the shinkansen bullet train (not all of them).
If you travel on Friday evenings or during public holidays (e.g. The Golden Week, New year’s eve, etc.) you may not be able to get a seat in the non-reserved section. Please reserve your ticket in advance.
There is a luxury section of the shinkansen fast train. The name of this section is “green car.” You cannot use this special section with the JR-PASS. If you pay ￥5610 extra you can use the “green car.”
You can purchase sandwich and lunchbox on the shinkansen fast train. The cost is around 1000 yen.
Airplane is faster and cheaper than the shinkansen bullet train. Most people choose the shinkansen bullet train because the airport is not in the city centre. To reserve an airplane ticket please click here
The cheapest way to travel is to take the bus. There is a bus service until the midnight. The cost of the bus start from ￥3000. Most people do not choose the bus because it is 3 times slower than the shinkansen bullet train. To check the schedule of the bus please click here
To reserve the shinkansen bullet train online .
We recommend taking the shinkansen bullet train because a) a unique cultural experience b) the train stations are conveneiently located in the city centre c) there is a shinkansen bullet train service frequently d) you can buy ticket at the train station without waiting (except busy morning hours).