2.21.2008

How to take the bus in Kyoto


Ok, so today Im going to explain how to use the Kyoto bus system to get around Kyoto.

Kyoto city has a very tourist oriented bus system, all signs at the station have English text in them and the bus ticket center workers can speak enough English to give you a brochure with all the information you need and sell you a bus pass (which is all you need ).

Once you exit Kyoto Station through the central gate (right in front of the Kyoto Tower Hotel) you will be able to see the bus ticket center to your right hand side, you can pick up sightseeing maps and buy yourself a 1 or 2 day bus pass that lets you board all the buses on the sightseeing route for an unlimited amount of times within the time span you purchased, I highly recommend getting the 500 yen 1 day pass, if you get lost like I did, you can board any bus and find your way back to Kyoto station and you can save all that money to buy some dango or whatever suits your fancy.

Anyways…… back to the subject

Figuring out which bus goes where is very easy since the bus terminals say which historical places they go to, there are also charts you can easily find at the terminal with all that info and if you picked up the bus route map at the ticket center you will be able to know on which bus stop to get off, don’t worry if you don’t speak Japanese, the Kyoto buses announce the stops for tourist sites in English so you will know where to get off.

Bus Rules:
- Don’t cut in line while waiting to get on the bus.

- You board the bus through the back door and exit through the front.

- While on the bus turn your cell phone to quite mode, it is considered very rude to talk on the phone on the bus , so call people back once you get off the bus.

- If you are paying with cash, have exact change ready (usually 220 yen on flat rate buses) if you don’t have change you can get change right on the bus on the exchange machine, the booklets from the bus ticket center have very detailed information of how to do that, so read them carefully before riding the bus.

- Some seats on the bus are designated for pregnant, disability or seniors so do pay attention to the stickers on the windows before you sit down and if someone is entitled to the handicap seat and you are sitting on one please give your seat to that person and get your self some good karma and a little respect from your fellow bus riders.

- To get off the bus push one of the little buttons on the side of the bus and you will be able to get off the bus on the next available stop.

Other than that, enjoy your bus ride and have a great day, yeay!!!!!

Information links:
This link has the basic kyoto transport information for the bus and subway and also a lot of info about kyoto: http://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/transport.html
This link has the day pass ticket information with prices and details : http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/visitkyoto/en/info_required/transportation/bus&taxis/

This is the best info link I've found so far, before you come to Kyoto you can download a PDF file with the bus routes and also the Kyoto tourist guidebook on this website , scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says "Visiting Kyoto" http://hellokcb.or.jp/eng/download_centre/index.html

7 comments:

GLOBALSTAR LTDjapan said...

Hi,
Thanks for the information about this Really nice Post.
Used bus japan

HoneyBee said...

Thanks, very informative. Going Kyoto for the first time so this is a good tip

Sebasuper said...

Thaaaaank youuu! Ive been walking and walking in kyoto hahaha

Sebastian Campos said...

If you are going one way, you pay on the bus. Also, you get on from the back of the bus and exit from the front. You pay your fare on the way off the bus.

Mohona said...

Unlike Tokyo, the best way to travel in Kyoto is actually by bus. When I was in Kyoto I bought the 1-day unlimited bus pass for 500 yen, and it brought me to all the major attractions. It's slower than subway, but you get to see more things because trains often Travel underground and there's not much to see down there in the tunnel.

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Naba Thapa said...

Kathmandu to delhi bus tiket booked by the ktm delhi bus agency Kathmandu Nepal. We have a bus booking counter and travel agency in Kathmandu to Delhi. It has running Volvo bus and Nepali Volvo bus. It cost Rs. 4000 NPR for Volvo bus ticket and 3700 NPR for standard bus ticket.