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Updated: June 13, 2019

How to take a bus

Buses can be a useful transportation alternative to trains if you are staying outside of the immediate city center. Tokyo buses might not be as frequent as trains and generally take longer to get from place to place, but they often travel to lesser-known areas and are a good way to avoid crowded train stations. Some of them have a free WiFi system in place. Make a quick note of how to board and pay on the bus to make your travel easy and stress-free.

For details, see “Economical Tickets” for one-day passes and other convenient discount tickets.

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
Note: Fares in the Tama area are according to distance by kilometers. (Starting fare: Adult 180 yen, Child 90 yen)
Official website Toei Bus -TOEI TRANSPORTATION
Tokyo Sightseeing on the Toei Bus -Tokyo-to Koutsukyoku
Real-Time Information Service -Toei Bus

SKY BUS TOKYO / SKY HOP BUS / SKYDuck

SKY BUS TOKYO is a service that efficiently takes you through Tokyo’s major sightseeing spots in an open-top bus. There's a wide variety of routes, including a night view course that takes in Tokyo Tower, Ginza, and Rainbow Bridge. Each route takes around an hour. Other popular options include the SKY HOP BUS, which sells unlimited-use one-day tickets, and the amphibious SKY Duck.

Fare SKY BUS TOKYO: Varies according to the course
SKY HOP BUS 24 hours Pass: Adult 3,500 yen, Child 1,700 yen
SKYDuck: Varies according to the course
Hours Marunouchi Mitsubishi Building ticket counter: 9:00‒18:00
TOKYO SKYTREE Station office: 9:00-18:00
Odaiba SKY Tourist Information: 10:00-18:00
Course SKY BUS TOKYO: Imperial Palace‒Ginza - Marunouchi Course / Tokyo Tower‒Rainbow Bridge Course / Odaiba Night Course
SKY HOP BUS: RED course (Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree) / BLUE course (Tokyo Tower/Tsukiji/Ginza)
SKYDuck: Tokyo Skytree course / Odaiba Panorama course / Daiba, Toyosu, and Tokyo View course
TEL 03-3215-0008(9:30 - 18:00)
Official website SKY BUS TOKYO (JPN)

Skytree Shuttle®

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

Fare (Ueno‒Asakusa Line) Adult 220 yen, Child 110 ye
(Haneda Airport Line) Adult 920 yen, Child 460 yen
(Tokyo Disney Resort Line) Adult 600-800 yen, Child 300-400 yen
(Odaiba Line) Adult 300–600 yen, Child 150–300 yen (varies by route)
Course Ueno‒Asakusa Line / Haneda Airport Line / Tokyo Disney Resort Line / Odaiba Line
Official website Tobu Bus On-Line

Free Shuttle Bus

A free shuttle bus that anybody can use free of charge. It runs between three 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.
Note: The frequency may change depending on traffic conditions. “Tokyo Bay Shuttle” - the fare-free cyclic bus that connects the new Tokyo waterfront subcenter
Official website Tokyo Bay Shuttle -HINOMARU LIMOUSINE (JPN)

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
Official website Marunouchi Shuttle -HINOMARU LIMOUSINE (JPN)

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

Operating hours 10:00 - 20:00 (not running on January 1) Runs about every 10 min.
Note: The frequency may change depending on traffic conditions.
Official website Metrolink Nihonbashi -HINOMARU LIMOUSINE (JPN)

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
Note: Fares vary by travel distance. Half price for children.
Official website Shuttle Seven -Edogawa City Official Website (JPN)

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)
Official website Fukagawa Shuttle -Koto city formal website (JPN)

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)
Official website Joto Shuttle -Koto city formal website (JPN)

Loop buses

Marunouchi Shuttle

Description Free loop bus connecting the Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho districts
Fare Free
Official website Marunouchi Shuttle -HINOMARU LIMOUSINE (JPN)

Megurin

Description Taito-ku loop bus
Fare Adults and children 100 yen
Official website Taito City Circular Route Bus "Megurin" -Taito City website (JPN)

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
Official website Sumida Hyakkei Sumimaru-kun / Sumirin-chan -Sumida city formal website (JPN)

Community buses

B-GURU

Description Bunkyo-ku community bus
Fare Adults and children 100 yen
Official website B-GURU -Bunkyo city (JPN)

Hachiko Bus

Description Shibuya-ku community bus
Fare Adults and children 100 yen
Official website Hachiko Bus -Shibuya City (JPN)

Thanks Nature Bus

Description Jiyugaoka loop community bus
Fare Free
Official website Thanks Nature Bus (JPN)

Mubus

Description Musashino-shi community bus
Fare 100 yen / Preschool children free
Official website Mubus -Musashino city