The Kintetsu Kyoto Line is a private railway line that runs between Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara Prefecture and Kintetsu Kyoto Station. Yamato-Saidaiji Staion is just two stops away from Kintetsu Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line, so travelers can easily use this route to travel between the cities of Nara and Kyoto. Depending on the departure time, travelers may have to change trains at Yamato-Saidaiji, but there are also many through train services that run directly between the Kintetsu Nara and Kyoto stations.
At Kintetsu Nara Station services bound for Kyoto depart from platforms 3 and 4. The Kintetsu Kyoto Line is a private railway line and so it is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Kintetsu Kyoto Line Stations
There are 28 stations between Kintetsu Nara Station and Kintetsu Kyoto Station. Stations on the Kintetsu Nara Line are as follows:
Kintetsu Nara > Shin-Omiya >Yamato-Saidaiji
Stations on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line are as follows:
Yamato-Saidaiji > Heijo > Takanohara > Yamadagawa > Kizugawadai > Shin-Hosono > Komada > Kintetsu Miyazu > Miyamaki > Kodo > Shin-Tanabe > Tonosho > Terada > Kutsukawa > Okubo > Iseda > Ogura> Mukaijima > Momoyama Goryo-mae > Kintetsu Tambabashi > Fushimi > Takeda > Kamitobaguchi > Jujo > Toji > Kyoto
For more details about the key destinations on this route please see our article on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line at KyotoStation.com.
Services for Kyoto
Both Express and Limited Express services run from Kintetsu Nara Station to Kintetsu Kyoto Station. Express train services are cheaper at 620 yen and take between 45 and 50 minutes. Limited Express trains are faster, taking just 35 minutes, but they are also more expensive at 1,130 yen. There are also Express through services from Kintetsu Nara Station that join the Kyoto’s Karasuma Subway Line at Takeda Station and continue on to Kokusaikaikan Station at the end of the line.
If you have a Japan Rail Pass, taking the Miyakoji Rapid service on the JR Nara Line is the best travel option between Nara and Kyoto. However, if you do not have a Japan Rail Pass, you might prefer to take the Kintetsu Kyoto Line from Kintetsu Nara Station. The regular fare on the JR Nara Line is 710 yen for a 45 minute journey, so the Kintetsu Express service is cheaper, and the Kintetsu Limited Express service is faster. Kintetsu Nara Station is also more centrally located in Nara and more convenient for the major sites.
Although the Kintetsu Kyoto Line is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, Kintetsu Railway do offer a range of discount rail passes. If you plan to use Kintetsu railways a lot, then these could offer some savings. Check the official Kintetsu Railway website for details.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.