How to get to Kyoto

By Air

Kyoto doesn’t have it’s own airport, but is served by Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Itami Airport (ITM).  Itami Airport is a lot closer, so try to reserve for this airport if you can.

Some travel centers, such as the Japan Travel Centre (UK), offer cheap tickets for under 25s, so call your local travel agent specializing in Japan travel and ask for any deals.

By Train

If you are far from Kyoto and have the Japan Rail Pass, you should take the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto station.  If not, it’s must cheaper to get a bus (see below).

By Bus

If you are traveling far from Kyoto, such as from Tokyo, and don’t have a Japan Rail Pass then it’s best to take the bus. Prices are dramatically cheaper than the Shinkansen (bullet train).

Here are our recommendations:

Willer Express

Budget buses to/from most main cities, such as Tokyo.

Reservation Website (click link at the top for English)

JR Bus Kanto

The biggest bus company, often with the best prices.  As the website is only in Japanese, it’s best to reserve at a main JR (national rail) station such as Tokyo station or ask you hostel/hotel to reserve it.

Reservation Website (Japanese only)

Atbus De

Buses all the way from Kyushu!  The online reservation is only in Japanese, so ask you hostel/hotel to reserve it.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict