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Transportation System

In Kyoto, you enter the bus from the back, exit and pay at the front. 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.

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 can be purchased at information centers, kiosks, from bus drivers and at many convenience stores.