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jr buses in hokkaido

JR Buses in Hokkaido

Are any JR Buses in Hokkaido free for JR Pass holders? From my reading so far, I would have to pay a fare to travel on any JR buses eg the Twinkle Bus near the lakes in Akan National Park

suki
suki

Hi there,

Information on JR Hokkaido buses can be found here:
http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/railpass/rail01.pdf

There is indeed an extra charge for the Twinkle bus.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks Daniel.

It seems that only JR buses within cities are free ... buses travelling from one town to the next aren't. Is that right?

suki
suki

That's right, you can use the faster trains to travel between cities :)

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Daniel-san
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That's good if there is a train to your next destination. Not so good when bus is the only public transport option eg., from Kamikawa Station to Sounkyo Gorge :-). The bus fares are actually quite reasonable, though.

I just wanted to make sure I understood what was available. Thanks for your help.

I have 2 more questions, if I may ask them here, please. 1. Does the Narita Express run 24/7?
2. Is it mandatory to reserve a seat when wishing to travel in a Green Car (using a Green pass)?

suki
suki

1.) The Narita Express has the same time table as most train, as in it runs from 6 am to late evening (I think the last service is at 21:45).

2.) Yes, all Green seats are by reservation only.

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Daniel-san
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Thanks. I appreciate your help :-)

suki
suki

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