How to travel between Okayama and Osaka
By local trains
The one way trip between Osaka and Okayama by local trains along the JR Tokaido and Sanyo Main Lines costs 3020 yen, takes about 2.5 hours and requires at least one transfer of trains along the way.
JR Bus and Ryobi Bus operate highway buses between Osaka (Osaka Station, OCAT) and Okayama (JR Okayama Station). The one way trip takes three hours and costs 3150 yen. Round trip tickets are available for 5800 yen and must be used within ten days. Several early purchase discounts are available on these buses which can further reduce the fare.
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There are two tram lines in Okayama, the Higashiyama Line and the Sekibashi Line, which both depart frequently from in front of Okayama Station. The most useful stop for travelers is Shiroshita (5 minutes, 100 yen) on the Higashiyama Line, from where all of Okayama's attractions can be reached on foot.
Inside central Okayama, there is a flat fare of 100 yen per tram ride, but the fare increases outside of the city center. Take a ticket when boarding through the rear door, and pay the fare when getting off through the front door. Fares can also be paid by the local Hareka smart card or by Suica, Icoca and the other major IC cards. In addition, a one day pass is available for 400 yen for unlimited tram rides on one calendar day.
Okayama also has a number of bus companies operating within the city. By far the most convenient bus line for the average tourist is the Korakuen Bus which connects Okayama Station with Korakuen Garden and also stops at the Prefectural Museum of Art along the way. Buses operate every 30 minutes, and the fare is 100 yen per ride.