Getting to Nara

By plane
Nara does not have its own airport, so most visitors arrive via Kansai International Airport (change trains in Osaka) or Osaka's Itami Airport.

By train
From Kyoto Station, both the JR Nara Line and the private Kintetsu Kyoto line will get you to Nara quickly. Kintetsu is slightly cheaper and Kintetsu Nara station is better located that JR Nara, but travellers may have to change at Yamato Saidaiji for the last hop into town.
The fastest route from Osaka is to take the private Kintetsu Nara Line from Namba station. If using the Japan Rail Pass, you can also travel on JR from Tennoji via Oji, but this adds a bit of a detour and takes longer.

Getting Around Nara

Nara's public transportation system is limited to buses. The ¥100 shuttle bus provides a cheap and cheerful service from the Kintetsu train station to many points of interest in central Nara. Once within Nara Park, you can simply walk to almost all the sites. Nara Park is 5 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station or 15 minutes walk from JR Nara station.

(Article based on Wikitravel article by Wikitravel users Jpatokal. Based on work by Namgay Dorji and Jose Ramos, Wikitravel user(s) Gombe and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.  Article used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0.)



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