Premium Car

On the Premium Car, all seating is reserved for more pleasant travel between Kyoto and Osaka

Because all seats are reserved, you know you will have a seat,
and the pleasant seating area makes for a relaxing ride.
And don’t forget the convenience provided by the large tables,
electrical outlets and free Wi-Fi. All this for just a little more than the regular boarding fee.

Features

  • Spacious reclining seats
  • Relaxing space design
  • Large tables
  • An outlet at every seat
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Adequate storage space for trunks
  • Dedicated English-speaking attendants
    Attendants are not present on some sections of the trains.
  • Pricing that’s easy on the wallet
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Tickets

A Premium Car ticket must be purchased in addition to the regular passenger ticket for the ride interval.
Purchase before boarding from Keihan Info-Station and other designated facilities at the below Keihan stations.
Note: Click here for online purchases (available in Japanese only)

Purchase locations Keihan Info-Station and other designated facilities at the following limited express stations:
Yodoyabashi, Kitahama, Temmabashi, Kyobashi, Hirakatashi, Kuzuha, Chushojima,
Tambabashi, Shichijo, Gion-Shijo, Sanjo and Demachiyanagi
Payment method Cash only
Payment period From 10 a.m. 14 days prior until one minute before departure
Valid area Limited express trains between Yodoyabashi and Demachiyanagi Stations.
(The Premium Car has a golden door and is the sixth car from the Kyoto side.)
Board and exit at any limited express station in the valid area. Refer to the map below.

Buy tickets for the Premium Car and Liner Cars Right on the Platform!

Premium Car Cashless Ticket Machines are now located directly on the platforms and concourses of stations serving the limited express.

Premium Car Cashless Ticket Machines

Ticket availability Tickets can be purchased for any of the 5 next trains (at the time of purchase)
Payment method
  • Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club)
  • IC Card (such as Suica, ICOCA, etc.)
  • Reward points (WAON, nanaco, Rakuten)
  • Mobile payment app (PayPay, Alipay, LINE Pay, etc.)

Note: The cashless ticket machines do not accept cash. Customers wishing to use cash should instead visit the nearest ticket window.

Locations Yodoyabashi, Kitahama, Temmabashi, Kyobashi, Hirakatashi, Kuzuha, Chushojima, Tambabashi, Shichijo, Gion-Shijo, Sanjo, Demachiyanagi

Look for the Premium Car Cashless Ticket Machine logo

Multilingual Display

To change languages, press the “Language” button in the upper right corner of the display. Information can be displayed in Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese.

Premium Car Operating Area
See Map (PDF)

Fares

  • Passenger Ticket for the Use Interval (not needed for holders of a Special Sightseeing Pass or other pass for the use interval)
  • Premium Car Ticket (differs depending on the interval)

Premium Car Ticket Fare Table

Premium Car Ticket Fare Table

Examples of fares

Not a pass holder
Example 1: Yodoyabashi to Kuzuha

Passenger ticket for the use interval: 350 yen

Premium Car ticket: 400 yen
= 750 yen

Example 2: Yodoyabashi to Demachiyanagi

Passenger ticket for the use interval: 470 yen

Premium Car ticket: 500 yen
= 970 yen

Pass holder
Example 3: Yodoyabashi to Demachiyanagi

Passenger ticket for the use interval covered by the pass: 0 yen

Premium Car ticket: 500 yen
= 500 yen

Hours of operation

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Note: Search by day of the week, direction or departure station.
Times are available only for limited express stations.

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Super Express "Rakuraku" Liner
Red text: 8000 Series Premium Car
Blue text: 3000 Series Premium Car
Note: Certain sections of railway line will not be staffed.

Notes:

  1. Operation is mainly by limited express (generally the same as the current time schedule).
  2. The Liner
    The ■ symbol next to a time indicates the Liner, which provides limited service on weekdays. Although not a Premium Car, the Liner has reserved seating only and operates with regular cars. To ride the Liner, a Liner ticket may be required in addition to a regular boarding ticket. Consult a station attendant for details. Some liners stop at different local stations than limited express trains.
    [Liners that stop at different local stations than limited express trains]
    1) Kuzuha (6:41 dep.) → Hirakatashi → Kyobashi → Temmabashi → Kitahama → Yodoyabashi (7:12 arr.)
    2) Hirakatashi (7:14 dep.) → Kyobashi → Temmabashi → Kitahama → Yodoyabashi (7:41 arr.)
    [Liners with the same local stops as limited express trains but having boarding-only stops]
    - From Kyoto to Osaka
    3) Sanjo (7:00 dep.)
    4) Demachiyanagi (7:40 dep.): Boarding only (no exiting) between Demachiyanagi and Shichijo Stations
    - From Osaka to Kyoto
    5) Yodoyabashi (19:03 dep.)
    6) Yodoyabashi (21:50 dep.)
  3. The time to travel between Yodoyabashi and Demachiyanagi Stations during the daytime is 54 minutes.
  4. It is approximately 40 minutes by limited express from Kyobashi to Gion-Shijo.