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How to travel between Nagoya and Osaka

By shinkansen
Direct, 50-70 minutes, about 6000 yen one way, multiple connections per hour
Nagoya (Nagoya Station) and Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) are connected by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen. Nozomi trains require about 50 minutes for the trip between Nagoya Station and Shin-Osaka Station, while Hikari and Kodama trains take between 55 and 70 minutes.
The regular one way fare is 5830 yen for a non-reserved seat and around 6500 yen for a reserved seat. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Hikari and Kodama trains but not on Nozomi trains.
With the "Puratto Kodama Economy Plan", you can travel between the two cities with a reserved seat on a Kodama train for only 4300 yen, but the plan has to be purchased at least one day in advance.

By highway bus
Direct, 3 hours, 2000-3000 yen one way, multiple daytime connections per day
The one way trip between Osaka and Nagoya by highway bus takes about three hours and costs about 3000 yen. Discount bus operators, such as Willer Express, offer fares from around 2000 yen.

By local JR trains
1 transfer, 165 minutes, 2370-3350 yen one way, multiple connections per hour
By local trains on the JR Tokaido Main Line the one way trip between Shin-Osaka and Nagoya takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes and requires a transfer of trains at Maibara Station. The one way fare is 3350 yen, however, with a Seishun 18 Kippu you could theoretically do the trip for just 2370 yen.

By Kintetsu Railways
Direct, 2 hours, 3800-4260 yen one way, multiple connections per hour
Direct "Urban Liner" limited express trains between Nagoya Station and Namba Station in central Osaka take just over two hours and cost 4260 yen one way or 3800 yen with a Kintetsu Rail Pass. By express trains, the one way trip costs only 2360 yen, but takes 3.5 hours and requires several transfers along the way.

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Nagoya and surroundings are served by multiple railway companies and six subway lines. Japan Railways (JR) including the Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train), Meitetsu Railways, Kintetsu Railways, the Aonami Line and two subway lines converge at Nagoya Station.

A network of bus lines complements the rail network, but it is not easy to use for foreigners. The exception is the Meguru loop bus for tourists, which connects Nagoya Station with several of the city's main tourist attractions.

Nagoya Subway
The most convenient means of getting around Nagoya for foreign visitors are the city's six subway lines. Color coded and thoroughly bilingual, they are easy to navigate, and provide convenient access to most of central Nagoya's attractions.

Meguru Loop Bus
This loop bus line for tourists connects Nagoya Station with many of Nagoya's major sights, including the Toyota Techno Museum, Noritake Garden, Nagoya Castle, the Tokugawa Art Museum and Sakae. Buses operate every 20-30 minutes on weekends and every 30-60 minutes on weekdays, but they do not operate on Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday) when the museums are closed. The fare is 200 yen per ride or 500 yen for a day pass for unlimited rides on one calendar day.

JR (Japan Railways)
JR connects Nagoya via the Tokaido Shinkansen with Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Other JR lines commencing or passing through Nagoya are the Tokaido Main Line, Chuo Line (to Kiso Valley, Nagano), Kansai Line (in direction of Ise) and Takayama Line (to Takayama). While they are useful for side trips out of Nagoya, the JR lines are not very useful for getting around the city of Nagoya.

Meitetsu (Nagoya Railways)
Meitetsu Railways operates numerous railway lines from Nagoya Station into Nagoya's suburbs and surrounding regions. Meitetsu's main station is located in the basement below JR Nagoya Station and is also known as Meitetsu Nagoya Station. Of interest to foreign travelers are the Inuyama Line (to Inuyama), Toyota Line (to Toyota) and the Airport Line (to Central Japan Airport).

Kintetsu Railways
Kintetsu Railways connects Nagoya Station with Ise and various cities in the Kansai region, including Nara and Osaka.

Linimo (Tobu Kyuryo Line)
The Linimo started service as Japan's first maglev train in March 2005. It operates between Fujigaoka and Yakusa Stations and provided access to the Expo 2005 site.

Special Tickets

One Day Subway Pass (740 yen)
  Unlimited use of subways on one calendar day. Available at vending machines in subway stations and at ticket counters.
One Day Bus and Subway Pass (850 yen)
  Unlimited use of subways and city buses (including the Meguru loop bus) on one calendar day. Available at vending machines in subway stations, at ticket counters and from bus drivers.
Donichi Eco Ticket (600 yen)
  This one-day pass is valid only on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and on the 8th of every month. It provides unlimited use of subways and city buses (including the Meguru loop bus) on one calendar day. It is available at vending machines in major subway stations, at ticket counters and from bus drivers.
Prepaid IC Cards (from 2000 yen)
  Toica (by JR) and Manaca (by Meitetsu and Nagoya Subway) are the prepaid IC cards that can be purchased in Nagoya and used on virtually all trains, subways and buses in the Greater Nagoya region (and many other major cities in Japan). Furthermore, eight IC cards from other major cities of Japan can also be used on the trains and buses of Nagoya, including Suica, Pasmo, Icoca, Pitapa, Sugoca, Nimoca and Hayakaken.
  A refundable 500 yen deposit is applied when you initially purchase a Toica or Manaca card at a ticket machine. Afterwards, you can re-charge it at ticket machines. To use the card, you do not insert it into the ticket gate slot, but only swipe it over an IC card sensor on the ticket gate. The required fee will then be automatically withdrawn.

Last updated: August 25, 2014
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