About Rail Travel in Kyoto

・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. 1-day passes, etc., are also sold, enabling one to save money on fares.
・Using the luggage delivery service lets tourists do their sightseeing unburdened. See the delivery service guide here.

Railway Guide (leads to multilingual sites for railways)

Subway (Karasuma Line):Runs north-south through central Kyoto. Passes through Kyoto Station, Kitaoji Bus Terminal, and other transfer points for trains and buses.
Subway (Tozai Line):Runs east-west through central Kyoto. Convenient for going to Nijo-jo Castle and Heian-jingu Shrine. It is possible to transfer to the Karasuma Line at Karasuma-Oike Station.
JR:Kyoto Station is Kyoto’s gateway, where the Shinkansen and the special express train “Haruka” direct to Kansai International Airport stop. Offers access in the direction of Fushimi (Fushimi-Inari Shrine), Uji (Byodo-in Temple), Osaka, and Nara (Todai-ji Temple).
Hankyu Railway:Convenient for going from central Kyoto to Arashiyama. Runs between Kyoto and Osaka.
Keihan Railway:Convenient access to Fushimi (Fushimi-Inari Shrine) and Uji (Byodo-in Temple). Runs between Kyoto and Osaka.
Kintetsu Railway:Offers access from Kyoto to Nara (Todai-ji Temple), etc.
Randen(Keifuku Electric Railroad):Tramway offering access from central Kyoto to Arashiyama and sightseeing spots in northwestern Kyoto (Toei Kyoto Studio Park, Ninna-ji Temple, etc.).
Eizan Electric Railway:Offers access to northern Kyoto (Kurama, Kibune) and the Mt. Hiei area.


●Note that work and school commuting times are crowded. (7-9AM, 6-7PM)
●There is priority seating. Yield these seats to seniors, people with disabilities, and people with infants, etc.
●Refrain from talking loudly or making phone calls on the train.

Subway (Karasuma Line)

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Subway (Tozai Line)

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Hankyu Railway

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Keihan Railway

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Kintetsu Railway

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Randen(Keifuku Electric Railroad)

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Eizan Electric Railway

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About Kyoto Municipal Subway

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●There are 2 lines (the Karasuma Line running north-south, and the Tozai Line running east-west)
●It is possible to transfer to JR and 4 privately-operated railways. JR: Transfer at Kyoto Station, Nijo Station, Yamashina Station, Rokujizo Station. Keihan Railway: Transfer at Sanjo Keihan Station. Kintetsu Railway: Transfer at Kyoto Station, Takeda Station. Hankyu Railway: Transfer at Shijo Station. Keifuku Electric Railway: Transfer at Uzumasa-Tenjingawa Station.
●The fare for a ride is determined based on the section of the line traveled, ranging from 220 JPY on the low end to 360 JPY on the high end for adults. See details here
*Half price for children
*Credit cards cannot be used at ticket machines.
Kansai One Pass or other IC cards can be used. There are 1-day passes for tourists including both the subways and buses for 900 JPY (not usable on private railways). See details here
●Available from roughly 5:30AM-12:00AM (365 days a year)
●Search timetables here