- Express buses
KyotoKyoto Sta. / Highway Kyotanabe
- Two round trips daily
- Free Wi-Fi*
- Mobile device charging outlets
- For Docomo, au, and SoftBank phones. Only on Meiko buses.
Timetables (revised June 1, 2020)
|Bus 2||Bus 4||Bus stop name||Bus 1||Bus 3|
|―||15:58||↓||Depart||Adventure World||Arrive||↑||↓ 11:53||―|
|7:19||16:18||↓||Depart||Shirahama Bus Center||Arrive||↑||↓12:13||21:15|
|7:54||16:54||↓||Depart||Tanabe City Hall||Arrive||↑||11:24||20:44|
|8:13||17:13||↓||Depart||Minabe Town Hall||Arrive||↑||11:05||20:25|
|Zone/Ticket type||Kyoto Station / Highway Kyotanabe|
|One way||Round trip|
|Shirahama||3,500 yen||6,300 yen|
|Tanabe||3,400 yen||6,200 yen|
|Minabe||3,200 yen||5,800 yen|
|Inami||3,200 yen||5,800 yen|
- Children’s fare is half of the adult fare.
There is parking only at the following bus stops. Do not park illegally.
- Shin-Yuzaki, Tanabe Station (pay parking), Tanabe City Hall (pay parking), Inami
- Haya Station (in front of community center) (Note: Several times a month, there may be no parking in front of the community center due to events.)
- Adventure World
- Xiv Shirahama
- Nanki-Shirahama Airport
- Shirahama Bus Center
- Shirahama Sanbashi
- Toretore Ichiba
- Tanabe Station
- Tanabe City Hall
- Haya Station
- Minabe Town Hall
Loyalty cards give you 11 trips for the price of 10
- First, get a loyalty card from the bus driver.
- For each one-way trip, receive one stamp on your loyalty card. (You receive stamps for Kyoto-bound and Shirahama-bound trips.)
- After you get 10 stamps on your loyalty card, the next one-way trip is free. Be sure to reserve your seat by telephone. When you phone, say that you are using your loyalty card for a free trip.
- One person gets one stamp on their card for each one-way trip. Each person must have their own card.
- Multiple loyalty cards cannot be added up to equal one loyalty card.
- You cannot receive a stamp on your loyalty card when using round-trip discount tickets.
- Loyalty cards cannot be converted into cash or re-issued.
- If you don’t yet have a loyalty card and would like one, or if you haven’t received a stamp on your loyalty card, ask the driver for one at the Kishiwada Service Area, which is on the way.
- Loyalty cards cannot be used on the Tokyo route, Osaka route.
Buying bus tickets
Reservations/inquiries by phone
|Reservation center||Phone number||Hours||Days off|
|Meiko Bus Reservation Center||0739-42-2112||9:00–18:00||None|
|Kintetsu Express Bus Reservation Center||0570-00-1631||9:00–19:00||None|
Bus stops selling tickets
|Ticket seller||Hours||Days off|
|Tanabe Station Information Center||7:50–20:00||None|
|Meiko Bus Shirahama Office||9:00–18:00||None|
|Inami SA Shop||9:00–18:00||None|
|Kintetsu Kyoto Station Office||Weekdays 10:00–19:00
Sat., Sun., public holidays 9:00–18:00
To take a bus, make a reservation and purchase your ticket.
Reserving and issuing tickets at convenience stores
You can reserve and print out tickets at nationwide Lawson convenience stores (using in-store Loppi ticket machine) and Family Mart convenience stores (using in-store FamiPort ticket machine).
You can also print out tickets on these machines after booking by phone or Internet.
Buying tickets at Kinki Nippon Tourist, JTB, Nippon Travel Agency, and other major travel agencies
- Tickets purchased using JTB HTA cannot be changed or refunded at convenience stores or bus companies. Contact the JTB HTA Sales Center for inquiries.
- For tickets purchased using JTB HTA, you may not be able to make reservations or print tickets after the first bus departs.
Obtaining bus tickets
- All seats are reserved. Purchase bus tickets in advance.
- Reservations are accepted starting one month in advance of your travel date.
- Children’s fare is half of the adult fare.
- Round-trip bus tickets are valid for 10 days after using the outward portion of the ticket.
- After making a reservation by phone, buy your ticket at a Meiko Bus office, or at Lawson or Family Mart convenience stores.
- After purchasing a ticket, you can change it once (before the ticket date and time) at a ticket counter.
Please keep the following in mind
- Buses may get behind schedule due to traffic conditions on the day of travel.
- You are responsible for your own valuables.
- No smoking on the buses.
- Please turn off your mobile phone or switch it to silent mode, and refrain from talking on the phone.
- Only one piece of luggage per person is allowed. (Max. size: 1 meter for the total of the length, width, and height of the luggage, with the total weight not exceeding 10 kilograms and volume not exceeding 0.02 cubic meters.)
- Regarding pets, dogs legally recognized as assistance dogs, seeing-eye dogs, and hearing-ear dogs may accompany their owners on the bus.
- Animals other than these must be fully enclosed in a pet cage measuring about 90 centimeters for the total of the length, width, and height, with the total weight of pet and cage being no more than 10 kilograms.
- Note that we cannot accept the following items as carry-on luggage or in the cargo space: medium-size and larger suitcases, skis, snowboards, regular and folding bicycles, etc.
- If you plan to place infants or children on the bus without an adult, please consult Meiko Bus beforehand.
|Express bus route name||Shirahama Blue Sky|
|Bus company||Meiko Bus|
|Voluntary insurance||Unlimited bodily injury liability insurance|
|Travel distance||Outward: 203 km
Return: 204 km
|No. of drivers||1|
|Estimated duration||Shirahama → Kyoto
4 hr 6 min
Tanabe → Kyoto
3 hr 26 min