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Public transport in Kyoto

City Bus

The Kyoto City bus is useful for getting around various places within Kyoto.
Most of the city buses look like the diagram below:

About the City Bus
  Details of a bus
  • Please enter the bus from the back door, and exit at the front. The bus fare is paid as you get off the bus.
  • To use the bus within the city centre, the fare is ¥230 for adults, and ¥120 for children (aged 6 to 12 years). The fare for traveling outside of the city center is dependent upon the distance traveled.
  • Information about the route the bus will take is indicated by the bus number and main destination displayed on the front, back, and side of the bus near the door.
  • The bus stops at these signs.

How to ride the bus
1. Looking at the Route Map, search for the bus number which goes from the place you are now, to the place you want to go. Determine the name of the bus stop from where you will ride, and your destination. (The route map can be found at information sites at train and subway stations)
Location of Information Points
Information Sites Location Information time Telephone number
Transportation Bureau Uzumasa Tenjingawa Subway Station (SANSA Ukyo) From 7:30 to 19:30 863-5200
Kyoto Station JR Kyoto Station Central Entrance Bus Information Center From 7:30 to 19:30 371-4474
Kotochika Kyoto Subway Kyoto Station Central Entrance From 7:30 to 19:30 371-9866
Kita Ooji In the Kitaoji Bus Terminal From 7:30 to 19:30 493-0410
Karasuma Oike In the Karasuma Oike Subway Station From 7:30 to 19:30 213-1650


Please wait at the bus stop for the bus.


Photo: Taking a ticket from the ticket machine.On arrival of the bus you want to ride, enter the bus (for ticket buses, please take a ticket). The fare will depend on the number printed on the ticket. When using a card to ride the bus, please insert it into the card reading machine.


Photo: Bus Stop Button.When the name of your destination is announced, please press the button to stop the bus.

Flat Fare Routes
Please put the exact fare into the payment box.
(Note:The payment box does not give change.)
Cash up to 1,000-yen notes can be broken down into small change using the cash exchange machine.

Non-flat Fare Routes
To determine fare please check your number and lock at the display screen at the front of the bus(children are half-price,but all fares are rounded up the nearest 10th).

Put exact change into the slot,once money is deposited into top slot no change can be made.
If change is desired the fare machine will change up to 1,000 yen bills.

Municipal Subway

About the Subway
  The Kyoto Subway Line consists of the inner city south-north "Karasuma" Line and the east-west "Tozai" Line. The two lines intersect at "Karasuma Oike" Station where it is possible to transfer lines.

subway logoThe entrance to the Subway Station is indicated by a subwaSy sign. Please purchase a ticket from the station automatic ticket machines.
The fare for adults is from ¥210 to ¥350, and for children ¥110 to ¥180 (depending on the destination).
  Diagram of the Kyoto City Subway Line
 The expansion version

How to Ride the Subway
  1. Search for the entrance to the Subway station you wish to use and go to the station.
  2. Purchase a ticket to your destination from the automatic ticket machines. The fare chart is located near the ticket machines.(The subway station is allocated a station number so please check the departure and destination stations on the above Subway Route Map. The station number can also be found inside the train.)
  3. There are automatic ticket gates at the station, and you can enter by passing your ticket (or card) through the gate. After passing through, the ticket (or card) is returned, so please do not forget to take it.
  4. To leave the station where you get off the train, pass your ticket (or card) through the automatic ticket gates to exit. (The ticket will be collected, but the card will be returned so please do not forget to take it)

Other Information

Route Map - City Bus Sightseeing Map "Busnavi"
A convenient map of bus routes to use when sightseeing in Kyoto City:

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It is convenient to search for bus and rail routes in Kyoto city, including the city bus and subway.
Arukumachi KYOTO Route Planner "Bus and Train Veteran"

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