Buses in Tokyo

Find out about the regional and city bus transport networks…

Public transportation in Tokyo is dominated by the train and subway system. It has great coverage and is easy to use. The other forms of transport, including buses and ferries, are mostly supplementary to the train network.

  • For information on transportation to/from the Tokyo airports, see the Tokyo Airports page

Electronic Payment Cards

Suica Card: Electronic, prepaid card sold by the Japan Rail East company. It is accepted at all JR East stations and most forms of public transportation including other train companies and bus companies. It can also be used at many stores to pay for shopping. There are no discounts available by using this card.

Pasmo Card: This operates in the same way as a Suica card but is issued by private companies and not by JR East. It is accepted in the same places as the Suica card; including JR East and any shop that accepts Suica cards.

Buses in Tokyo

There are three types of bus service in Tokyo:

  • Small, community oriented bus companies. Generally, these buses connect the smaller locations in between train stations. Therefore, they normally originate from a bus stand situated nearby a train station
  • Highway or long distance buses connecting Tokyo with other major cities in Japan. Some of these buses operate overnight and provide another option to the trains and airlines
  • Sightseeing or tourist bus companies. Some companies provide sightseeing around Tokyo while other companies offer tours of outlying areas
  • For information from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on using the city’s buses: Click here

Local community bus services

  • Airport Limousine Bus: Bus service between Tokyo City Air Terminal and Tokyo Big Sight and a midnight service from Shinjuku to Chiba, Shin-Urayasu and Gyotoku
    : 03 3665 7220
  • JR Bus Kanto: Operates bus routes within Tokyo on its South Kanto line. Tickets can either be purchased onboard the bus or, alternatively, by using an automatic vending machine. Some services require a reservation. See the website for timetables, fares and ticketing information. JR Bus Kanto serves the following lines:
    • Shinjuku – Disney
    • Tokyo station – Tokyo Sky Tree
    • Tokyo – Yoshikawa Matsubushi
    • Tokyo – Yokaichiba Sousa
    • Tokyo – Tateyama Shirahama
    • Tel: 03 3844 1950
  • The Tokyo Shitamachi Bus: Service operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and targeting tourist destinations, including Tokyo Sky Tree. It runs in 20 minute intervals between Ueno Matsuzakaya and Kinshicho Station
  • Toei Bus: Service operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. With many routes within Tokyo including Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Odaiba, Tokyo and Akihabara
  • Hinomaru Limousine Bus: Operating three different free bus routes which are sponsored by local businesses (website in Japanese)
  • Marunouchi Shuttle: Free shuttle bus service around Marunouchi, Otemachi and Yurakucho. It operates every 12-15 minutes between 08:00-20:00 on weekdays and 10:00-20:00 on weekends (website in Japanese)
  • Nihonbashi Metro-Link: Free shuttle bus around Nihonbashi and Yaesu operating every 10 minutes between 10:00-20:00 (website in Japanese)
  • Tokyo Bay Shuttle: Free shuttle bus service around the Odaiba area operating every 15-20 minutes between 11:00-20:00 (website in Japanese)
  • Kanto Bus: Bus service around Nakano, Koenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo, Kichijoji, Mitaka and Musashisakai stations (website in Japanese)
    Tel: 03 3928 6011 (open every day 09:00-19:00)
  • Keio Bus: Local bus serving Hachioji, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Nakano and Setagaya. It also offers a bus service departing after midnight from Shibuya to Hachioji and Fucho, and Shinjuku to Hashimoto, Hashioji, Fuchu and National stations (website in Japanese)
    : 042 352 3713 (open weekdays 09:00-18:00)
  • Keisei Bus: Runs several community bus networks in Funabashi, Ichikawa, Naganuma, Matsudo, Kanamachi and Chiba city (website in Japanese)
  • Kokusai Kogyo: Extensive bus network covering Tokyo and Saitama districts including Ikebukuro, Nerima, Shimura, Akabane, Toda, Kawaguchi, Hatogaya, Nishiura and Hanno (website in Japanese)
    : 03 3973 0116 (open every day 09:00-20:00)
  • Nishi Tokyo Bus: Local bus service in the areas around Hachioji, Takao, Hino, Ome, Kawabe, Okutama, Fussa, Tachikawa, Tenancy and Akikawa stations (website in Japanese)
    : 042 646 9041 (open weekdays 09:00-18:00)
  • Odakyu Bus: Local bus service connecting Musashisakai, Kichijoji, Komae, Setagaya and Machida (website in Japanese)
    : 03 5313 8330 (open weekdays 09:00-17:30)
  • Seibu Bus: Provides services in many communities including Nerima, Asaka, Iruma, Kawagoe, Saitama, Sayama, Tokorozawa, Nishitokyo, Higashimurayama, Higashiyamato, Kiyose and Kodaira (website in Japanese)
    : 03 5910 2525 (open every day 09:00-19:00)
  • Tachikawa Bus: Local bus service connecting the Tachikawa area (website in Japanese)
    : 03 3481 0066 (open every day 09:00-19:00)
  • Tobu Bus: Serving many areas in Tokyo including Ueno, Otaka, Tanaka, Nagareyama, Matsudo, Omiya, Nitta and Tokyo Sky Tree (website in Japanese)
    : 03 3856 7371
  • Tokyu Bus: Extensive network throughout Tokyo (website in Japanese)
    : 03 6412 0190 (open weekdays 09:00-19:00)

Long distance bus services

  • JR Bus Kanto: Operating services from Tokyo to many destinations on the main island of Honshu including Osaka, Nagoya and Nagano. Includes some overnight services. Most longer route buses require reservations
    : 03 3844 1950
  • Kanto Bus: Highway bus service from Shinjuku to Nara, Kyoto, Nakano, Okayama and Tenri
    : 03 3347 0155
  • Keio Bus: Highway bus serving Tokyo from Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tama and Ome. Long distance destinations include Fuji Five Lakes, Kofu, Minobusen, Shirasu, Hokuto, Suwa, Okaya, Iida, Ina, Kisofukushima, Matsumoto, Nagono, Hakuba, Takayama, Nagoya, Numazu, Sendai, Shimizu, Hamamatsu, Osaka, Nara and Fukuoka
    : 03 5376 2222 (open every day 09:00-20:00)
  • Nishitetsu Highway bus: Overnight bus service from Tokyo to Fukuoka
    : 0120 489 939 (open every day 08:00-19:00)
  • Nohi Bus: Service connecting Shinjuku to Takayama with stops at Hino, Fuchu, Mitaka and Nyukawa
    : 03 5376 2222 (open every day 09:00-18:00)
  • Odakyu Bus: Highway bus connecting Tokyo and Shinjuku stations to long distance destinations such as Hiroshima, Fukuyama, Kisarazu, Akita, Goi, Seki, Gifu, Mino, Sukumo, Kochi, Kurashiki, Okayama and Tsuyama
    : 03 5313 8330 (open weekdays 09:00-17:30)
  • Tachikawa Bus: Highway bus connecting Tachikawa to Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe
    : 042 541 0731
  • Willer Express: Long distance bus service with several routes from Tokyo and Tokyo Disney to Aomori, Sendai, Fukushima, Akita, Yamagata, Niigata, Nagoya, Tsu, Gifu, Fukui, Kanazawa, Toyama, Okayama, Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Shimane, Tottori, Hiroshima and Yokohama. Willer Express offers a discounted Japan Bus Pass that can only be used on Willer Express buses. For information about the Willer Express Japan Bus Pass: Click here
    : 050 5805 0383 (open every day 10:00-19:00)

Sightseeing and tourist bus services

  • Hinomaru Bus: Two different double deck bus sightseeing services around Tokyo
  • Sky Bus Tokyo: Four different sightseeing bus tours on nonstop routes with a tour guide. All tours originate and end at the Marunouchi south entrance of Tokyo station. The areas covered are Tokyo Sky Tree, Odaiba, Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace
    : 03 3215 0008 (open every day 09:30-18:00)
  • Sky Hop Bus: This bus is a “hop on, hop off” sightseeing double decker bus service with three different routes. The areas covered are Akihabara, Nihombashi, Tokyo Sky Tree, Ueno, Roppongi, Tokyo Tower, Marunouchi, Odaiba and Ginza
    : 03 3215 0008 (open every day 09:30-18:00)
  • New Tokyo Kanko Bus: Offering bus tour packages to specific destinations and activities such as hot springs (onsen) and hiking (website in Japanese)
    : 03 6423 0010 (open weekdays 09:30-18:00 and Saturday 09:30-12:00)

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