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Rail or Bus Pass for a few days in Kyoto?

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Rail or Bus Pass for a few days in Kyoto?

Our plan is to arrive at Kansai airport on a Tuesday around noon, take the Haruka train to Kyoto Station, stay at the Granvia Hotel for 4 nights, then take the Haruka again back to Kaisai airport on Saturday morning when we fly out. We basically have 3.5 days for shopping and sightseeing in Kyoto. Does any kind of rail or bus pass make sense for us? Or should we just pay as we go? We are only going to be in the city of Kyoto only, not even going as far as Arashiyama (which we already visited on a previous trip).

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1. Re: Rail or Bus Pass for a few days in Kyoto?

There is no rail pass that covers everything for the itinerary. Bus pass pays off if you ride a bus 3 times a day. Buy Haruka ICOCA package.

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2. Re: Rail or Bus Pass for a few days in Kyoto?

For most visitors focusing on Kyoto only, no passes that include rail or subway travel pay off. The 1-day bus pass at 500 Yen pays off by the 3rd ride as mentioned since each ride costs 220 Yen. Avoid long bus rides across town since city center traffic is terrible. Use the subway or even a taxi if necessary.

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