Passes for Buses & Subway in Kyoto : Type, Price and Covered Area


Note : on October, 2021, the price of  Bus One -day Pass  will be changed into ¥700 for an adult, and ¥350 for a child

Note 2 : on October, 2021, the price of  Subway & Bus One -day Pass  will be changed into ¥1,100 for an adult, and  Subway & Bus Two-day Pass  will be no longer available

1. Pass Type  &  Price

For shightseeing, mainly 3 types of day passes are available in Kyoto.

 Bus One-Day Pass ,  Subway & Bus One-Day Pass  and  Subway & Bus Two-Day Pass .

 Bus One-Day Pass  is ¥600 for an adult.
Official english name is Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus & west JR Bus One-Day Pass

This pass coveres most of the famous spots, such as Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari shrine, Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion), Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion), Kiyomizudera temple, Gion, Nijo Castle and even Jingoji temple or Kouzanji temple in Takao area.

 Subway & Bus One-Day Pass  is ¥900 for an adult.
Official english name is Kyoto City Subway, Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus, Keihan Bus & west JR Bus One-Day Pass.

This pass is also very useful. Because if you take subwayyou can go to some spots on schdule and save time even on a peak season such as spring (around the end of March to the top of April) or Autumn (November).

 Subway & Bus Two-Day Pass  is ¥1,700 for an adult.
This pass is more useful, if you travel around Kyoto for two days.

2. Pass Type & Cost Effectiveness 

 Bus One-Day Pass  is worth using, if you ride a bus 3 times and more a day.

 Subway & Bus One-Day Pass  is worth, if you plan to take subway and bus more than 2 times each or 4 times in total.
For example, “Bus ride × 3 + Subway ride × 1” or “Bus ride × 2 + Subway ride × 2” is almost the same cost as this pass, ¥900.

 Subway & Bus Two-Day Pass  is much worth, if you take subway and bus at least 2 times each or 4 times and more in total per each day.


3. Pass Type & Covered Area

 Bus One-Day Pass  covers most of the famous spots in Kyoto such as Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari shrine, Kiyomizudera temple, Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion), Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion), Gion or Nijo castle.

Takao area having Jingoji temple and Kouzanji temple turnds into the Flat Fare Zone from March, 2021.

But Ohara or Kurama area, in the upper north side of kyoto city, is outside of the zone.

You can ride Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus and JR Bus within Flat-Fare Zone.

You can NOT ride Keihan Bus by this pass.

The map below shows the Flat-Fare Zone.

 Subway & Bus One / Two-Day Pass  covers Ohara and Yamashina area in addition to Flat-Fare Zone.

By this pass,  you can ride all Kyoto City Bus and Subway.
In addition, most of the Kyoto Bus and Keihan Bus services are available.
You can ride JR Bus line between Kyoto station and Takao area.

For example, you can go to Ohara (in the north of Kyoto) by Kyoto Bus, or Yamashina area (in the east of Kyoto) by Keihan Bus.

The map below shows the area covered by the Subway & Bus Pass.