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where to pick up haruka express ticket, and if raku and other city buses are ic compatible.

Where to pick up Haruka Express ticket, and if Raku and other city buses are IC compatible.


I am traveling from KIX to the JR Kyoto station. I have 3 questions, please.

1) If I order the "Icoca and Haruka" online, do I pick both of them up in the JR West ticket office in KIX airport?

2) Is the JR Kyoto station the first stop, and then it continues on for additional stops, or is that a different line?

3) Can the Icoca card be used on the Raku buses and Kyoto city buses that travel further out from downtown?

Thank you for your help.

First time in Kyoto
First time in Kyoto

Hi there,

1.) Yes.

2.) Kyoto is not the first station. For most Haruka services it is the last station, some trains travel on somewhere else, some terminate at Kyoto station.

3.) If I recall correctly, yes. However I was unable to verify this anywhere online.

Hope this helps,

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