Subway – Bus

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. Refer to the Kyoto City Web for more information.

Karasuma Line:

Tozai LIne:

Here is a convenient web site to find information on how to reach places around Kyoto and to search for bus and rail routes in the city, including the city bus and subway.

Arukumachi KYOTO Route Planner “Bus and Train Veteran”

How To Use The Kyoto City Bus

How to Ride A Bus Guide:

  • Enter at the rear of the bus.
  • Use coins to pay your fare into the box at the front next to the driver. The machine next to the driver will change Y500 coins and Y1000 notes.
  • Exit at the front of the bus.
  • When you want to get off, press the button next to your seat, on the poles or on the ceiling of the bus (you’ll known them when you see them).
  • There is a flat fare for buses in the city center: Y220/110 for adults/children aged 6 to 12. Children under 6 ride for free.
  • For destinations outside the city center, take a seiriken (a small numbered paper ticket) from the machine near the door where you board. Use the number of the ticket to calculate the fare when you get off. Put the ticket into the fare box along with your fare.
  • Some bus stops have signs that indicate when buses are approaching the stop. All bus stops have bus timetables written in Japanese with English route numbers (so you can read them even if you don’t speak Japanese). The schedules list times for weekdays ( 平日 ), Saturdays ( 土曜日 ), and Sundays/holidays ( 日曜日 / 祝祭日).
  • Three-digit bus numbers on a red background indicate loop lines. Two digit numbers on a blue background are usually north-south lines.
  • Take care when you board buses: Kyoto city buses are green; Keihan buses are red and white; Kyoto buses (which serve points north of the city) are tan.