Kyoto City has two subways: Tozai Line which runs through Kyoto from east to west (and vice-versa), and Karasuma Line goes from north to south (and vice-versa).
Kyoto City Bus (the light green body with dark green line) is usually thought to be the main transportation for domestic and international tourists alike, but the subway is very convenient as well, and more importantly, almost always on time and less stressful.
It is true that the bus covers more area than the subway does. However, there are many good spots that subways can get to, for example, Nijo Castle (Nijojomae Station on Tozai Line), Heian Jingu Shrine (Higashiyama Station on Tozai Line), Kyoto Botanical Garden (Kitayama Station on Karasuma Line), Higashi Honganji Temple (Kyoto Station on Karsuma Line) and much more.
For those who are interested in using subways as a main transportation method, it is better to consider purchasing a One Day Pass for subways. For 600 yen/adult (300 yen/child), one can use the subways as many times as possible in a day. The normal ticket costs 210, 250 or 280 yen (it will be 210 (same), 260 and 290 yen from April 1st 2014). If planning to use the subway at least three times a day, then this pass will be cheaper.
In addition to the benefit mentioned above, the holders of the Subway’s One Day Pass can get discounts at certain places. Note that spots with discounts are different for Adult’s Pass and Child’s Pass. The places where adults get discounts include Nijo Castle, Kyoto Zoo, Kyoto International Manga Museum and others, whereas children can get discounts at International Manga Museum, Kyoto Aquarium and The Museum of Kyoto.
These tickets can be found at the ticket machines at most subway stations.
For more information, which will make your trip fun, memorable and stress-free, please consider buying our Kyoto e-Guidebook.