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Getting Around Kyoto by Bus

Getting Around Kyoto by Bus

Kyoto has many bus routes, with a network extending throughout the city. In addition to use for sightseeing, they are used as everyday transportation by citizens.
In Kyoto, it is convenient to take a bus to areas where trains do not run.

Major Bus Companies Operating in Kyoto


Buses tend to become crowded during the peak cherry blossom season in the spring and the maple leaf season in autumn. We recommend combining bus service with train and subway rides so that you can move comfortably throughout the city. Looking up the available transit options at each destination in advance will help you travel with ease.
  • Buses do not provide change for fares. There are money changing machines available onboard, but they only accept 1000-yen bills, so please prepare change before boarding. Alternatively, consider using a discount ticket or IC card.
  • IC cards that can be used nationwide can be used on buses in Kyoto.
  • Buses have announcements and displays in English.
  • You will find priority seating on all buses. Yield these seats to seniors, people with disabilities, and people with infants, etc.
  • Refrain from talking loudly or making phone calls on the bus.
  • It is recommended that tourists use a luggage delivery service, so as to enjoy riding the bus unburdened.