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Getting Around Kyoto by Subway & Train

Getting Around Kyoto by Subway & Train

There are many trains running through the city of Kyoto, including the Kyoto City Subway. Depending on your destination, using different lines is key to making your travels through Kyoto go more smoothly and comfortably.

Map of Streets and Train Routes in Kyoto

Points to Keep in Mind When Using Trains

  • In addition to the municipal subway, Kyoto has many JR lines and privately operated railway lines, but please be aware that there is a separate fare for each railway used. Additionally, fares for all railways vary depending on the section of the line traveled.
  • IC cards such as the Kansai One Pass are handy, as they can be used on all railways. One-day and multiple-day -passes are also available, enabling one to save money on fares.
  • Using the luggage delivery service lets tourists do sightseeing unburdened. See the delivery service guide here.

Major Railways Operating in Kyoto City

Trains running within Kyoto City

There are two local train lines that connect central Kyoto to outer lying tourist spots; namely the Keifuku Randen Tram Line and the Eiden Railway. Using “Randen,” you can explore the Arashiyama area, and with “Eiden,” you can explore Rakuhoku (northern Kyoto), including the Kibune-Yase area, as well as Kurama. 

Trains connecting Kyoto to Other Areas

Use these lines from Kyoto to get to not only Fushimi and Arashiyama, but also areas further away, like Kansai Airport, Osaka, and Nara.

Sightseeing Trains

The Sagano Romantic Train is well known for its views of the Hozukyo Valley.

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Arukumachi KYOTO Route Planner  (Language: English)