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How to get to Osaka

Index Kyoto-Osaka
Tokyo-Osaka
Nagoya-Osaka
Hiroshima-Osaka
Fukuoka-Osaka
From abroad

From Kyoto

Kyoto and Osaka can be considered as two giant districts, away from each other, belonging to the same imaginary big city, and they are connected by several railway lines at every minute of the day.

Shinkansen

(1420 yen, 15 minutes, Kyoto-Shin Osaka)
All the trains JR Tokaido shinkansen stop at Shin-Osaka and Kyoto station (15 minutes). A one-way ticket for a non-reserved seat costs 1420 yen.
This solution is not to be taken into consideration because it's too expensive, unless you're using a Japan Rail Pass.

JR Kyoto line

(560 yen, 30 minutes, Kyoto-Osaka)
You can take this line from Kyoto station, to get to Osaka station (Umeda area) or Shin-Osaka station.
There are three types of trains serving this line: local trains (45 minutes), rapid trains (40 minutes) and some special rapid trains (about 30 minutes). All trains cost 560 yen each way between Kyoto and Osaka station.

Hankyu Kyoto Line

(400 yen, 40 minutes, Karasuma/Kawaramachi-Umeda)
You can take this line from Karasuma station or Kawaramachi station (Central Kyoto area), to get to Umeda station in about 40 minutes, a one way ticket costs 400 yen.
This line is the cheapest service connecting two central areas of Osaka and Kyoto.

Keihan Main Line

(410 yen, 40-50 minutes)
This line can be taken from a few different stations located in the central area of Kyoto and nearby some famous tourist attractions: Sanjo (Higashiyama), Gion-Shijō (Gion) and Fushimi-Inari (Fushimi Inari), and stops at some minor stations in the city of Osaka, in particular Kyōbashi (nearby the Osaka Castle, interchange station with JR Osaka Loop line, metro) and Yodoyabashi (interchange with metro). It takes between 40 and 50 minutes depending on the departure and arrival stations. The fare is 410 yen.

From Tokyo

By shinkansen

The high-speed railway line JR Tokaido shinkansen connects Osaka to Nagoya and Tokyo in a quick and comfortable way. There are three types of train:
The Kodama train takes 4 hours from Tokyo station (14200 yen);
The Hikari takes 3 hours from Tokyo station (14200 yen);
The Nozomi takes 150 minutes from Tokyo station (14500 yen).
If you have a Japan Rail Pass you can reserve a seat for free but only for Kodama and Hikari trains.

By bus

Tokyo and Osaka are connected by several bus companies offering a lot of daily departures, both during the day and by night. The travel time is about 8 hours and fares range from 4,000 yen for a standard seat on offer up to 10,000 yen for a very comfortable premium seat.
This route is also served by Willer Express, a very foreign-friendly bus company whose services can be easily booked through their English website.

By plane

Tokyo and Osaka are also connected by daily flights operated by many different airlines, both major and low-cost. The flight takes about one hour.
It is recommended to not to take into consideration the airplane (unless you're going to Osaka to take another flight), and choose the shinkansen or the bus depending on your budget and your availability of time.
If you really like to take the plane, you can use as a guideline the threshold of 10,000 yen each way, a flight below this fare might have its convenience compared to the shinkansen, above this fare it has absolutely no sense considering that you have to add the costs of transportation to/from airports too.
How to get to/from Osaka Kansai airport

From Nagoya

By shinkansen

The high-speed railway line JR Tokaido shinkansen connects Osaka to Nagoya and Tokyo iin a quick and comfortable way. There are three types of train:
The Kodama train takes 70 minutes from Nagoya station (6350 yen);
The Hikari takes 55 minutes from Nagoya station (6350 yen);
The Nozomi takes 50 minutes from Nagoya station (6560 yen).
If you have a Japan Rail Pass you can reserve a seat for free but only for Kodama and Hikari trains.

By local trains

If you haven't got a Japan Rail Pass, and shinkansen are too expensive for you, and you don't like to take a bus, you still have an alternative: you can take the local trains along the JR Tokaido Main Line. The entire journey takes at least 160 minutes with one or two changes, and it costs 3350 yen.

By bus

Nagoya and Osaka are connected by several bus companies offering a lot of daily departures, especially during the day (very few night buses). The travel time is about 3 hours and the prices vary between 2,000 and 4,000 yen.
This route is also served by Willer Express, a very foreign-friendly bus company whose services can be easily booked through their English website.

From Hiroshima

By shinkansen

The high-speed railway line JR Sanyo shinkansen connects Osaka to Hiroshima and Fukuoka in a quick and comfortable way. There are five types of train:
The Kodama train takes 150 minutes from Hiroshima station (10230 yen);
The Hikari takes 110 minutes from Hiroshima station (10230 yen);
The Sakura takes 90 minutes from Hiroshima station (10230 yen);
The Mizuho and Nozomi trains take 85 minutes from Hiroshima station (10440 yen).
If you have a Japan Rail Pass you can reserve a seat for free but only for Kodama, Hikari and Sakura trains.

By bus

Hiroshima and Osaka are connected by several bus companies offering a lot of daily departures. The travel time is about 6 hours and the prices vary between 3,000 and 5,000 yen.
This route is also served by Willer Express, a very foreign-friendly bus company whose services can be easily booked through their English website.

From Fukuoka

By shinkansen

The high-speed railway line JR Sanyo shinkansen connects Osaka to Hiroshima and Fukuoka in a quick and comfortable way. If your final destination is Fukuoka, take into consideration only these three types of train:
The Sakura train takes 160 minutes from Hakata station (15000 yen);
The Mizuho and Nozomi trains take 145 minutes from Hakata station (15310 yen).
If you have a Japan Rail Pass you can reserve a seat for free but only for Sakura trains.

By bus

Fukuoka and Osaka are connected by several bus companies offering a lot of daily departures. The travel time is about 9-10 hours and the prices vary between 3,000 and 5,000 yen.
This route is also served by Willer Express, a very foreign-friendly bus company whose services can be easily booked through their English website.

By plane

The plane is a good alternative to travel between Osaka and Fukuoka: Fukuoka airport (FUK) is very convenient, it is located just a few minutes by train from the city center, and the two cities are connected by several daily flights, operated by the major airlines Japan Airlines and ANA and also by the low-cost airlines Peach and Jetstar Japan. The flight takes about 75 minutes.
How to get to/from Osaka Kansai airport

From abroad

By plane

The city of Osaka has two airports, one mainly dedicated to domestic routes (Osaka Itami airport), another one to international routes (Osaka Kansai airport).
Kansai airport (KIX) has several direct daily connections to all major Asian and Australian cities, and even to some European and North American cities.
How to get to/from Osaka Kansai airport

By ferry

It is possible to get to Osaka by ferry from China and from South Korea:
-Busan-Osaka line, operated by the korean company Panstar, further information here;
-Shangai-Kobe/Osaka line, operated by two different companies, the chinese Xīnjiànzhēn (further information here), and the japanese Shangai Ferry (further information here).


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