A mere prefecture apart, Osaka and Nagoya bear plenty of similarities. Traditionally merchant cities of Japan, they might now claim to be, respectively, the second and third largest largest cities in the country (although Yokohama may also have something to say about that). To this day, both Osaka and Nagoya remain two of the most important ports of Japan, conduits for a large portion of the country's trade. Given the commercial importance, together with the proximity, you can almost imagine the amount of business activity and travel that takes place between these two cities. So it is, that we take a look at just how much it costs to travel between Osaka and Nagoya.
Due to the proximity, there are actually limited options for travelling between Osaka and Nagoya, in a good way. Flying makes little sense unless you are referring to to privately owned planes. By the time your vessel reaches cruising altitude it would likely be time to bring her down. In fact, we couldn't find any carriers making the Osaka to Nagoya run. As a result, most of the traveling would involve the rail or the road.
The Tōkaidō Shinkansen service travels between Shin-Osaka and Nagoya stations. Traveling by Shinkansen presents the most speedy and relaxed form of travel between the two cities, with just a slight premium.
The table below shows costs for one way journeys. For a return trip, simply multiply the price by two. All prices in Japanese Yen.
|Nozomi||5,830||6,560||8,790||~ 50 mins|
|Hikari / Kodama||5,830||6,350||8,580||55 - 70 mins|
Little difference in the price of Shinkansen tickets then, but you could be looking at an extra 20 mins on the time with Hikari and Kodama Shinkansen. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Hikari and Kodama trains but not on Nozomi trains.
There are few deals for getting cheaper Shinkansen tickets (probably a good thing) but there is the Platt Kodama which could be suitable for some travelers making the run between Osaka and Nagoya. Operated by JR Tokai Tours, the compromise for this slightly cheaper fare is the lack of choice with train times and seat preference. Most importantly, you will need to make your reservation at least one day in advance with no changes afterwards.
|Reserved seats||Green Car|
Other rail services
If you choose to take a more leisurely train ride, there are basically two options; JR and Kintetsu Railways.
Travel by JR Trains, between Osaka and Nagoya will, at least, mean a transfer at Maibara Station. A regular ticket costs 3,350 yen with a journey time of 3 hrs.
If you are traveling during the school holidays and want to save on the JR tickets, there is the option of the Seishun 18 Kippu. The journey on such a ticket works out at a cost of cost 2,300 yen a day and you can choose to get on and off at as many stops as you wish, as long as you reach the destination within the same day. Given that you have to buy a 'package' of five day's worth of tickets with this, it's probably best left to those for whom the Osaka to Nagoya jaunt is part of a longer and larger trip.
Rumoured to be the most affordable deal, Kintetsu Railway offers the option of traveling between the two cities without a transfer. “Urban Liner” Limited Express trains take just over 2 hours and cost 4,260 yen (4,770 yen on a Deluxe seat) each way. Note that this line only departs Namba Station in Osaka and will arrive at Kintetsunagoya Station at the other end. From the latter it's a 5-min walk to JR Nagoya where you can access Shinkansen and the usual booming chaos of a major train station in Japan.
Of course you can also take it easy on the Kintetsu Railway, as in you can go a bit slower. With just a few transfers and about 3.5 hours, you can get a one-way ticket between Osaka and Nagoya down to a cost of 2,360 yen.
A bus journey between Osaka and Nagoya will take around 3.5 hours, which is just as much as a regular train ride. If you go with the bus, you can choose from the Tokai Highway Express Bus Company or the Willer Express.
The Tokai Highway Express Bus Company operates only on journeys that start or end in Nagoya. The cost for the trip between Osaka and Nagoya is 3,000 yen one way or 4,750 yen for a round-trip ticket.
Willer Express also offers bus journeys between Osaka and Nagoya, with costs starting from just 2,500 yen.
It's about a two hour drive between our two cities, which makes it quite attractive to take the car since you can take more control over the scheduling of your journeys. How much is it to drive? Well, hitting the road will cost you approximately 6,920 yen (source: Nexco) in tolls. Rental cars start from around 5,300 yen per 12 hours for a compact car.
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