Kyoto is a very touristy place that has several beautiful attractions which are accessible by bus. Riding the bus is an efficient and economical way to go around the place. Some people think that using the bus is complicated, but it is actually easier than it looks. The city’s bus system is tourist-oriented as there are English signs in all bus stations. If this is your first time visiting Kyoto and would like to get around via bus, check out this quick guide on how to use the Kyoto City buses wisely!
The Kyoto City bus is the most commonly used transportation by locals and tourists in the area. Since they run through the entire city, they are convenient for local sightseeing. Using the bus makes it possible to visit almost all major temples and shrines in the city.
There is a one-day bus pass which costs 500 yen. This allows you to take the buses as many times as you want throughout the day. Getting a bus pass is worth it if you plan on taking several buses in one day as you will be paying 230 yen per ride without it.
The bus destination is clearly shown on the front of the bus, as well as on its sides and back. Bus stops are also well marked and usually have roofs.
Before riding a bus, you have to take note that there are two types of Kyoto City buses. The first one runs around the city, while the second one runs between the center of the city and its suburban area.
It is quite important to use the bus route map before using the Kyoto City bus. This is available at ticket counters or city bus and subway information centers. The map will give you an idea about which line you need to take from the hundred different buses available.
You first get on the bus using the rear door. Once you enter the bus, you’ll notice that there are priority seats for pregnant women, the elderly, disabled people, and small children. You’ll know the next stop through the electric screen which is located on the upper left side of the driver’s seat. The bus has buttons on its handrails and walls that you can press if you’d like to get off at the next bus stop.
Once the bus stops, you can drop your fare in the farebox located next to the driver’s seat. You may use cash, a day-pass card, or an IC card. If you’re using an IC card, you may tap your card the moment you get on the bus. As for the day-pass card, a date will be printed on the back of your pass which you’ll be showing to the bus driver.
I hope these tips will be useful enough to guide you in touring Kyoto City via bus. Do take note to check the timetable so you don’t miss any of the buses.