Home > Useful Information > Transportation System

Transportation System

In Kyoto, you enter the bus from the back, exit and pay at the front. Change for 500 yen coins and 1,000 yen bills, etc. can be made by the machine at the front of the bus. The city bus fare is 230 yen within a designated central area in the city. The fare increases as the bus travels further outside the designated area. Rural buses issue numbered tickets upon entry. The fare for your number is shown on the electronic board at the upper left front of the bus. Bus schedules at bus stops are easy to read: the left column is for weekdays, the middle column is for Saturdays, and the right column is for Sundays and holidays.

Raku Bus
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 tourist sites including World Heritage Sites and popular temples and shrines. #100: for Kiyomizu Temple, Heian Shrine, Ginkakuji Temple. #101: for Nijo Castle, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple. #102: for Ginkaku-ji Temple to Kinkaku-ji Temple route via Daitoku-ji Temple

Kyoto has two subway lines: Karasuma line (north–south): runs from Takeda Stn. in the south to Kokusaikaikan Stn. in the north, Tozai line (east–west): runs from Uzumasa Tenjingawa Stn. in the west to Rokujizo Stn. in the east. Service hours: 5:30–23:30. The underground sections of the Hankyu and Keihan Railways can also be used to cover short distances quickly in the city.

Kyoto is connected to Osaka via the Hankyu (downtown), Keihan (along east side of river) and JR (from Kyoto Stn.) lines, and to Nara by the JR and Kintetsu lines (both from Kyoto Stn.). The Randen (Keifuku) line provides access to Arashiyama and northwestern Kyoto from Omiya Stn. and Kitano Hakubaicho Stn. The Eizan line provides access to the northern edge of the city: Kurama, Kibune and Yase (near Ohara) from Demachiyanagi Stn..

Discount Bus/Train Tickets

One-day pass
500 yen for buses
600 yen for subways
1,200 yen (for one day) or 2,000 yen (for two days) for bus and subway

How to Use: one-day bus pass: insert the card in the slot beside the driver only the first ride. Just show the date indicated on the card after the second ride; for rural destination buses (out of the limited area), add the extra fee to the box beside the driver. One-day passes and Traffica Kyo Cards can be purchased at information centers, kiosks, from bus drivers and at many convenience stores.

Bicycle Rental

Cycling is an excellent way to get around Kyoto. Bicycles can be rented from the following places

1) Kyoto Cycling Tour Project: Shops near Kyoto Stn. and 2 other key areas and they will also deliver bikes to your hotel/ inn; Tel: 075-354-3636.

2) Passione: A rental bike shop owned by exbike racer (he speaks English!). Enjoy cycling around Kyoto with top quality bikes; 9:00-18:00.

Rules and Tips for Cycling in Kyoto
Traffic rules are often different from what you are used to at home: Here are some rules and tips to make your cycling in Kyoto safer and more fun!

1) In Kyoto, as is true of most in most Japanese cities, there are few bicycle paths. Therefore bicycle on sidewalks with pedestrians on big, busy roads. Side streets are always better than main roads for safety and sightseeing.

2) Riding a bicycle after drinking is prohibited (and may be fined 20,000 yen)

3) Do not leave your bicycle on major streets in the downtown core; Especially around busy subway/train stations. Kyoto City staff frequently remove illegally parked bicycles which have to be retrieved in distant locations plus payment of a fine (2,300 yen/bike). To be safe look for bicycle parking garages (on Kiyamachi, north of Shijo; in Nijo Station; in Demachiyanagi Stn.)

4) Bicycle riding is prohibited on some downtown streets. Follow the signs and push your bicycle on these streets.