Public Transportation in Kyoto City
In Kyoto, the city-run public bus and subway services will cover most travel needs. The city can be enjoyed to its utmost using these two key transportation systems efficiently.
City Bus and Subway
Each bus has a number, for example, #5, #32, #100, classified by their destination. The bus stops differ depending on the route and the number.
There are two subway lines in the city: Karasuma Line (north to south) and Tozai Line (east to west). The two lines intersect at Karasuma Oike Station. Generally, a bus stop is located close to the subway station so that people can conveniently change from one to the other.
The city bus fare is 220 yen within a designated central area in the city. The fare increases as the bus travels further outside the designated area.
Minimum fare to board the subway is 210 yen and the fare increases according to the distance travelled.
From Kyoto Station to the City Area
For passengers taking the "Haruka" limited express or airport limousine, Kyoto Station will mark the starting point of their exploration of Kyoto and is a key transportation hub for visitors throughout their stay in Kyoto.
Don't forget to buy a useful and economical One-day pass at Kyoto Tourist Information on 2F of Kyoto Station Building or bus ticket center in front of the Kyoto Station Building.
Raku Bus is one of the bus services running in the city that is particularly convenient for tourists. There are three Raku Bus lines (#100, #101, #102) and each line follows routes that connect famous tourists sites including World Heritage Sites and popular temples and shrines.
- #100: Departing from Kyoto Station for Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kiyomizu Temple*, the Higashiyama area including Yasaka Shrine, the Okazaki area including Heian Shrine, Eikan-do Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple, and Ginkaku-ji Temple*.
- #101: Departing from the Kyoto Station for Nijo Castle*, Horikawa Imadegawa direction for Nishijin Textile Center, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple* and the Daitoku-ji Temple area.
- #102: This line departs from Ginkaku-ji Temple* area and stops at Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nishijin Textile Center, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple* and Daitoku-ji Temple area.
- The places marked with a * are the World Heritage Sites.
"City Bus One-day Pass" is a useful bus pass for tourists. This pass covers most of the central fixed fare (220 yen) area of and allows for unlimited use on the same day. This is an economical and convenient option if making three or more bus journeys in a single day since no coins or money exchange is necessary.
The Kyoto Sightseeing One (or Two-day) Pass is also recommended. All city bus and subway lines are covered with this pass making most of the popular tourist destinations easily accessible.
- City Bus One-day PassPrice: 500 yen
Effective period: Day of use
Sale locations: City bus & subway information center, commuter ticket sale center, city bus offices, on the bus (except for some buses), Kyoto Tourist Information Center, etc.
- Kyoto Sightseeing One-day (or Two-day) Pass
Price: One-day Pass: 1,200 yen, Two-day Pass (consecutive 2 days): 2,000 yen
Effective period: One-day Pass: the day of use, Two-day Pass (consecutive 2 days): the day of use and the next day
Sale locations: Subway ticket machines, city bus offices, commuter ticket sale center, Kyoto Tourist Information Center, etc.