JR Nara Line
On the JR Line the Miyakoji Rapid train is the fastest connection between Kyoto and Nara as it takes only 45 minutes. If you are carrying a Japan Rail Pass this is certainly the best service to use. However, as there are 21 stations on the JR Nara Line, you should be careful not to take a local train if Nara is your destination. This would add an extra 25 minutes to your journey.
Train fare: 710 yen
Train time: 45 – 70 minutes depending on the train
Kintetsu Kyoto Line
If you do not have a Japan Rail Pass, there are a number of advantages to taking the Kintetsu Kyoto Line.
- Location: Within Nara city, Kintetsu Nara Station is more centrally located than JR Nara Station and has better access to the main sightseeing locations.
- Price: Express trains on the Kintetsu line are frequent, take between 44 – 50 minutes to reach their destination and cost no more than 620 yen.
- Speed: If you pay 1130 yen for a Kintetsu Limited Express ticket you can get to Nara in just 35 minutes.
For more detailed information on the Kintetsu Line service see the Kintetsu Kyoto Line article.