With your Japan Rail Pass
- Travel time: About 3 hours
- Cost: Covered by your JR Pass
If you are a Japan Rail Pass holder, the best way to get from Osaka to Tokyo is by taking the Tokaido Shinkansen. The Hikari and Kodama trains on this line are covered by the pass, and can take you from Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka to either Shinagawa Station or Tokyo Station in Tokyo in under 3 hours.
Shinkansen or bullet train
- Travel time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Cost: From 13,620 yen
The fastest way to travel from Osaka to Tokyo is via the Tokaido Shinkansen’s Nozomi train. In only about 2 hours and 30 minutes, it can take you from Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka to Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in Tokyo. However, it is not covered by your JR Pass, and you must purchase a one-way ticket that costs 13,620 yen (unreserved seat) or 14,650 yen (reserved seat).
- Travel time: 7 hours and 30 minutes to 9 hours
- Cost: From 17,000 yen
By local trains, it takes at least 7 hours and 30 minutes to travel between Osaka and Tokyo. Moreover, it involves at least 4 transfers, and costs a few thousand yen more than the faster bullet trains. Use Hyperdia for routes, timetables, ticket fees, and more.
- Travel time: About 8 hours
- Cost: From 3,200 yen
There are many daytime and overnight buses that serve the Osaka-Tokyo route on a daily basis. A one-way trip takes around 8 hours, and costs as low as 3,200 yen. They are equipped with the basics, such as restrooms, reclining seats, and luggage storage, and sometimes even offer wi-fi, single private seats, electric outlets, and individual monitors.
- Travel time: Between 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 25 minutes
- Cost: From 4,000 yen to 23,000 yen
Every day, there are several flights that depart from Itami Airport and Kansai Airport in Osaka for Haneda Airport and Narita Airport in Tokyo. A one-way trip is under 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
Ticket fares vary depending on the airline company, and can be available for as low as 4,000 yen on promo deals and discount offers. Japan Airlines’ (JAL) and All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) one-way ticket rates are typically in the 20,000 yen to 23,000 yen range, while budget carriers like Peach and Vanilla Air usually offer tickets that cost between 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen.