How to travel between Kumamoto and Fukuoka

By shinkansen

The one way journey between Fukuoka's Hakata Station and Kumamoto by Kyushu Shinkansen takes about 30-40 minutes and costs 4,610 yen for an unreserved seat or around 5,000 yen for a reserved seat. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and Kyushu Rail Pass. A set of two unreserved tickets (2枚きっぷ, nimaikippu) for use by one or two persons in either direction within a one month period is available for 7,460 yen.

By local trains

The one way journey between Fukuoka's Hakata Station and Kumamoto by local trains takes about 2.5 hours and costs 2130 yen. One transfer of trains is required along the way.

By bus

The one way journey between Fukuoka (Hakata Station) and Kumamoto (Kotsu Center) by highway bus takes about two hours and costs 2060 yen. There are several departures every hour. Furthermore, there are also hourly buses between Fukuoka Airport and Kumamoto.

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Orientation

The city's main station, Kumamoto Station, is located about two kilometers southwest of the city center. Local trains from Fukuoka also stop at Kami-Kumamoto Station, one station north of Kumamoto Station. Both stations are about a 10 minute tram ride from the city center.

Kumamoto is served by two tram lines and buses. Trams cost a flat 170 yen per ride and provide convenient access from Kumamoto Station and Kami-Kumamoto Station to the city center and most tourist attractions. The local Denden Nimoca IC card, as well as Suica, Icoca and eight other IC card types can be used on the trams and buses in Kumamoto.

Most city bus and highway bus lines terminate at Kumamoto Kotsu Center in the city center. A one-day pass for unlimited use of trams and city buses in central Kumamoto is available for 700 yen, while a one-day pass for just the trams costs 500 yen. Both passes include discounts on admission to some of Kumamoto's main attractions.

The JR Hohi Line, which connects Kumamoto with Aso and Beppu, can be useful to access eastern parts of Kumamoto City, including Suizenji Garden.

Kumamoto Airport is located about 20 kilometers east of central Kumamoto. It can be reached by buses in about 40 minutes from Kotsu Center (730 yen one way) or about 50 minutes from Kumamoto Station (800 yen).