BUS

Use the bus to plan your trip wisely. Services include the affordable fixed-route sightseeing bus, and the sightseeing tour bus recommended for first-time visitors to Tokyo.

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Bus Usage and Fares

How to take a bus

There are two types of buses: one type lets passengers board at the front; the other lets them board in the rear door. You need to check in advance which route you should take to go to your destination, since the routes of bus services are complicated. Most bus routes in the 23 Cities of Tokyo use a fixed fare regardless of your destination. These type of buses are called "front-boarding" buses. When you take one of these buses, you will board a bus from the front entrance, put the fare into the fare box beside the driver's seat and take a seat.
As the bus reaches near the bus stop to get off, passengers must press the button attached to the wall to tell the driver to stop at the next bus stop. Waiting for the bus to stop, passengers get off from the rear door. Exit when you reach your destination. Busses that operate outside of the 23 Cities have you take a ticket when you board toward the rear of the bus. When you get off the bus at your destination, you pay the fare indicated for your ticket on the electric signboard at the front of the bus. This type of buses are called "rear-boarding" buses.

Fare Collection Box

IC Card Reader (Suica, PASMO)

Fare indication

When taking a front-boarding bus, pay the fixed fare when you board. Apart from coins, only 1,000 yen bills are accepted.

When taking a rear-boarding bus, deposit your boarding ticket in the fare box along with your fare. If you need change, first break a bill with the money changer, and then deposit the exact fare in the far box. The money changer accepts only coins and 1,000 yen bills. It is best to make change while the bus is stopped.
Services operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government offer two kinds of one-day tickets: a ticket (500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children) which allows passengers to get on and off metropolitan buses as many times as they like all day long, and a ticket (700 yen for adults and 350 yen for children) which enables passengers to get on and off metropolitan busses, trains and subways as many times as they like all day long. For further inquiries, contact the metropolitan bus sales offices located at various places in Tokyo, or any of the stations of the Arakawa Line or Toei subways. One-day tickets for immediate use are also sold on metropolitan buses and trains.
For details, see “Economical Tickets” for one-day passes and other convenient discount tickets.

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Bus Information

Toei Bus

A bus that covers the main areas in the city and lets you visit various locations by making connections with the different lines. It is convenient in that it can be used together with trains, subways, and other forms of public transportation

Fare (general)

Adult 210 yen, Child 110 yen
*Fares in the Tama area are according to distance by kilometers. (Starting fare: Adult 180 yen, Child 90 yen)

URL

Toei Bus ( External link )

Tokyo Sightseeing on the Toei Bus( External link )

Toei Bus Real-Time Information Service( External link )

Sightseeing Bus 〈tokyo shitamachi bus)

The sightseeing route bus is a convenient route bus that runs from Ueno and Kinshicho to famous sightseeing spots such as Asakusa and TOKYO SKYTREE. Some busses stop at the north exit of Tokyo Station Marunouchi on Saturdays and holidays. The bus trips can be easily enjoyed even by visitors who come to Tokyo for the first time.

Fare

Adult 210 yen, Child 110 yen

Frequency

About every 20 min. (the frequency may vary with busses that depart from Tokyo Station)

Route

Tokyo Station Marunouchi north exit‒Nihombashi Mitsukoshi‒Kanda Station‒Sudacho‒Ueno Matsuzakaya‒Ueno Park Yamashita‒Kikuyabashi (Kappabashi Dogugai Street)‒Asakusa 1-chome‒Asakusa Kaminarimon Gate ‒River-pia Azumabashi‒TOKYO SKYTREE‒Oshiage‒Kinshicho (only the Ueno Matsuzakaya‒Kinshicho Station route on weekdays)

URL

tokyo shitamachi bus( External link )

SKYBUS TOKYO / SKY HOP BUS / SKYDuck

SKYBUS TOKYO is a service that efficiently takes you through Tokyo’s major sightseeing spots in an open-top bus. Enjoy a variety of courses—such as one that tours TOKYO SKYTREE and the Asakusa area, and another that tours night view spots—each lasting for about one hour. The SKY HOP BUS, offering one-day and two-day passes for unlimited rides, and the amphibious bus SKYDuck are also popular.

Fare

SKYBUS TOKYO: Varies according to the course
SKY HOP BUS One-Day Pass (valid for 24 hours): Adult 3,500 yen, Child 1,700 yen

Hours

Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building ticket counter: 9:00‒18:00
TOKYO SKYTREE Station office: 9:00‒18:00

Course

SKYBUS TOKYO: Imperial Palace‒Ginza - Marunouchi Course / Tokyo Tower‒Rainbow Bridge Course / Odaiba Night Course / Omotesando–Shibuya Course
SKY HOP BUS: Asakusa–TOKYO SKYTREE Course / Odaiba Course / Roppongi–Odaiba Course
SKYDuck: TOKYO SKYTREE Course

TEL

03-3215-0008(9:30~18:00)

URL

SKYBUS TOKYO( External link )

SKYTREE Shuttle®

A sightseeing shuttle bus that directly connects Ueno, Asakusa, and TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN®. There are also non-stop trips from Tokyo Station, Haneda Airport, and Tokyo Disney Resort®.

Fare

〈Ueno‒Asakusa Line〉Adult 220 yen, Child 110 yen
〈Tokyo Station Line〉Adult 220-520 yen, Child 110-260 yen
〈Haneda Airport Line〉Adult 920 yen, Child 460 yen
〈Tokyo Disney Resort Line〉Adult 520-720 yen, Child 260-360 yen
〈Odaiba Line〉Adult 300–600 yen, Child 150–300 yen (varies by route)

Course

Ueno‒Asakusa Line / Tokyo Station Line / Haneda Airport Line / Tokyo Disney Resort Line / Odaiba Line

URL

Tobu Bus On-Line (External link)

Free Shuttle Bus

A free shuttle bus that anybody can use free of charge. It runs between 3 major spots every 10 to 20 minutes. Useful for touring or shopping.

A.“Tokyo Bay Shuttle” - the fare-free cyclic bus that connects the new Tokyo waterfront subcenter

Operating hours

11:30‒19:30 Open 365 days Runs about every 20 mins.
*The frequency may change depending on traffic conditions. “Tokyo Bay Shuttle” - the fare-free cyclic bus that connects the new Tokyo waterfront subcenter

URL

HINOMARU LIMOUSINE ( External link ) (Japanese)

B.“Marunouchi Shuttle” - the fare-free cyclic bus that connects the Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho areas

Operating hours

[Weekdays] 8:00 - 20:00 [Saturdays, Sundays, holidays] 10:00 - 20:00
Runs about every 12 - 15 min. (Excluding some time periods *Not running on January 1)
*Departure times may differ from the schedule above depending on traffic conditions.
“Marunouchi Shuttle” - the fare-free cyclic bus that connects the Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho areas

URL

HINOMARU LIMOUSINE( External link ) (Japanese)

C.“Metrolink Nihombashi” - the fare-free cyclic bus that connects the historic Yaesu, Kyobashi, and Nihombashi areas

Operating hours

10:00 - 20:00 (not running on January 1) Runs about every 10 min.
*The frequency may change depending on traffic conditions.

URL

HINOMARU LIMOUSINE ( External link ) (Japanese)

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Community buses

Community buses are an affordable, convenient means of traveling between sightseeing spots in Tokyo. As the name suggests, community buses mainly serve local residents. They often run through backstreets, offering the chance to discover new facets of the city.

Shuttle buses

Shuttle Seven (Kan-nana Shuttle Bus)

Description

Edogawa-ku shuttle bus

Fare

Adults 210 yen–410 yen
* Fares vary by travel distance. Half price for children.

URL

http://www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/kurashi/kotsu/bus/shuttle/( External link )(Japanese)

Fukagawa Shuttle

Description

Sightseeing shuttle bus operated on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays

Fare

Adults 210 yen / Children 110 yen
(Silver passes / Toei Bus one-day passes accepted)

URL

http://www.city.koto.lg.jp/103010/bunkasports/kanko/kotoku/14602.html( External link )(Japanese)

Joto Shuttle

Description

Sightseeing shuttle bus operated on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays

Fare

Adults 210 yen / Children 110 yen
(Silver passes / Toei Bus one-day passes accepted)

URL

http://www.city.koto.lg.jp/103010/bunkasports/kanko/kotoku/14602.html( External link )(Japanese)

Loop buses

Marunouchi Shuttle

Description

Free loop bus connecting the Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho districts

Fare

Free

URL

HINOMARU LIMOUSINE ( External link ) (Japanese)

Megurin

Description

Taito-ku loop bus

Fare

Adults and children 100 yen

URL

http://www.hitachi-gr.com/o_info/m_info.html( External link )(Japanese)

Sumida Hyakkei Sumimaru-kun / Sumirin-chan

Description

Sumida-ku loop bus

Fare

Adults (middle school students aged 13 and older) 100 yen / Children (elementary school students aged 6–12) 50 yen / Infants free / Three-route one-day pass 300 yen

URL

http://www.city.sumida.lg.jp/kurashi/jyunkanbus/index.html( External link )(Japanese)

Community buses

B-guru

Description

Bunkyo-ku community bus

Fare

Adults and children 100 yen

URL

http://www.city.bunkyo.lg.jp/tetsuzuki/bus/b-guru.html( External link )(Japanese)

Hachiko Bus

Description

Shibuya-ku community bus

Fare

Adults and children 100 yen

URL

http://www.city.shibuya.tokyo.jp/shibuya/com_bus/( External link )(Japanese)

Thanks Nature Bus

Description

Jiyugaoka loop community bus

Fare

Free

URL

http://www.thanksnaturebus.org/( External link )(Japanese)

Mu-bus

Description

Musashino-shi community bus

Fare

100 yen / Preschool children free

URL

http://www.city.musashino.lg.jp/kurashi_guide/norimono_chuurin_chuusha/mu_bus/ ( External link )(Japanese)

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The information given is as of Nobember 2016. Contents are subject to change without notice. For details, visit the operator’s website or contact the operator.

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