Local Bus Fares in Kyoto

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1. How much is a bus fare in Kyoto ?

1-1 Flat Fare Zone

A bus fare in Kyoto depends on areas whether your destination is within Flat Fare Zone or not.

Flat Fare Zone means that no matter where you get off, and no matter which bus company you ride (actualy 4 different bus companies operated in Kyoto such as Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus, Keihan Bus and west JR bus), the fare is ¥230 for an adult / ¥120 for a child (6 – 11 yares old) per ride within the zone.

Of course, extra fare is needed if you ride beyond the zone.

In fact, most of attractions are located within the Flat Fare Zone.

For example, Arashiyama, Kinkakuji temple, Ginkakuji temple, Fushimi-inari shrine, Kiyomizu temple, Gion, Nijo castle, Ryoanji temple are within the flat fare zone. So if your destination is typically famed place in kyoto, the fare must be ¥230 per ride.

From Mar. 2021, Takao area having Jingoji temple or Kouzanji temple turnds into the Flat Fare Zone.

The map above shows the Flat Fare Zone with some famous spots, please check.

 

1-2 Beyond the Flat Fare Zone

If you ride a bus beyond the Flat Fare Zone, the fare gets higher depending on the distance.

Famous attractions or areas located outside the zone, for example, are…

Sanzenin Temple / Ohara area

Kuramadera Temple / Kurama area

Kifune Shrine / Kibune area

Daigoji Temple / Yamashina area

The map above shows those attractions and areas located outside Flat Fare Zone, so please check.

Kyoto station

  Sanzenin Temple / Ohara area (¥560 / ¥280)

Kyoto station

 Daigoji Temple / Yamashina area (¥280 / ¥140)

Subway Kokusai-kaikan station

Kifune shrine via Eizan Railway Kibune-guchi Sta. bus stop (¥450 / ¥230)

Subway Kokusaikaikan station

Kuramadera temple (¥340 / ¥170)

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2. How to pay a bus fare in Kyoto ?

  « Notice »  

Usually, local buses in Kyoto are boarded from the rear door and exited from the front because of paying the fares when you get off.

But, at the current moment, express type of Kyoto City Bus No.100, No.101, No.102, No.106 and No.111 is boarded from the front door, and pay the fares when you get on to prevent from delay.

2-1 IC cards (include Kansai One Pass)

If you ride Kyoto City Bus or Kyoto Bus within the flat fare zone, touch an IC Card onto an IC card reader located next to a bus driver only when you get off.

Some buses running beyond flat fare zone such as Kyoto Bus No.17 for Ohara, you need to touch it onto another IC card reader located near an entrance door when you get on, too.

Buses running beyond the flat fare zone are, for example, Kyoto City bus No.19, 20, 22, 29, 33, 42, 69, 70, 73, south 1, south 2, south 3, south 8, west 1, west 2, west 3, west 4, west 5, west 6 and west 8, and Kyoto Bus No.10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 32, 34, 51, 52, 55 and 95.

If you ride Keihan Bus or west JR local Bus, please touch an IC card onto each IC card reader both when you get on and when you get off.

2-2 Day Passes

« Bus One-Day Pass »

Bus One-Day Pass is only valid for Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus and JR Bus running within Flat Fare Zone.

For the first ride of those buses, insert the Pass into the card slot near the exit door to print the date when you get off. (note : if you ride JR bus for the first time of the day, you need yourself to write the date on the pass, and, at the next ride or later when Kyoto City Bus or Kyoto Bus, insert the pass and print the date.)

For the next ride after printing the date, just show the date to the driver when you get off.

If you ride some buses running beyond flat fare zone, such as Kyoto Bus No.17 for Ohara, you neecd to pay extra fare by cash for sections outside flat fare area. For example, for Kyoto Bus No.17 for Ohara, extra fare ¥330 is needed.
If you ride those buses by Bus One-Day Pass, please insert the pass into the card slot both when you get on and get off, and pay extra fares.

But, please note that Subway & Bus One / Two-day Pass is better if you visit Ohara area, because the pass covers the area, and you do not need extra fares.

You can not use Bus One-Day Pass for Keihan Bus in Kyoto.

« Subway & Bus One / Two-Day Pass »

Subway & Bus 1 / 2 Day Pass is valid for Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus, JR Bus and Keihan Bus.

For the first ride of Kyoto City Bus or Kyoto Bus, insert the Pass into the card slot beside IC card reader to print the date when you get off. In case of buses also having the card slot at entrance door, insert the pass when you get on, too.

If you ride JR Bus or Keihan Bus for the first time of the day, you need to write the date by yourself on the pass, and print the date if you have a oppotunity to ride other Bus lines or City Subway.

For next bus ride after printing the date, just show the date to the driver when you get off. (for subway-ride, insert the pass every time when you use)

But if you ride a bus from pass valid area to invald area, you need to insert this pass both when you get on and get off, and pay extra fare.

For example, Kyoto Bus No.52 from subway Kokusai-Kaikan station to Kurama where Subway & Bus 1 / 2 day pass is not valid for, you need to insert both when get on and get off, and pay extra fare ¥180 by cash for invalid sections, between Ichihara bus stop and Kurama-onsen.

You can not use Subway & Bus One / Two-Day Pass for West JR local Bus in Kyoto.

« Kansai Thru Pass »

Kansai Thru Pass is valid for Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus and Keihan Bus.

If you already have the pass printed the day of use, you just show the date to the driver when you get off the bus.

If you don’t, on Kyoto City Bus or Kyoto Bus, insert the Pass into the card slot near exit door to print the date when you get off.
In case of buses also having the card slot at entrance door, insert the pass when you get on, too.

If you ride Keihan Bus for the first time of the day, you need to write down the date of use by yourself on the back of the pass.

Kansai Thru Pass covers all of the normal local routes operated by Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus and Keihan Bus.

But, you can not ride West JR local Bus in Kyoto by Kansai Thru Pass.

2-3 Cash

If you ride Kyoto City Bus and Kyoto bus running only within the Flat Fare Zone,  pay a bus fare into a fare box with exact amount (¥230) when you get off.

If you don’t have exact amout coins, you need to change money by changing machine beforehand.
The machine is next to an IC card reader, the same equipment as the fare box.

On some Kyoto Buses such as No.17 for Ohara, running beyond Flat Fare Zone, you need to take a numbered ticket from a ticketing machine near the entrance door when you get on. 

The fare is displayed on the monitor near the exit door, and determined by the number. The longer you ride, the higher the fare gets. So check the final fare by your number when you get off, and pay.

If you ride Keihan Bus or west JR local Bus, basically you need to take a numbered ticket when you get on. The fare is determined by the number when you get off. Please note that when you ride the bus from the first bus stop, or the bus running only within Flat Fare, there may be no numbered ticket.