The One Ticket for Kobe Sightseeing! Best Value Unlimited Sightseeing Bus Ticket!

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Kobe offers a lovely romantic cityscape and impressive scenery for sightseeing. If you want to enjoy Kobe to the fullest, we recommend a sightseeing bus tour that takes you around the city, harbor, and the sightseeing spots.

In Kobe, there are two regularly running sightseeing buses, “SKY BUS KOBE” and “City Loop Bus.” By combining these buses together, you can enjoy sightseeing in Kobe efficiently and without restriction. Furthermore, both SKY BUS KOBE and City Loop Bus tickets are discounted in the “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket”! This is a must-have for sightseeing in Kobe!

The great-value “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket”
The great-value “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket”

About “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket”

First, we’ll introduce the features of each sightseeing bus.

About SKY BUS KOBE

“SKY BUS KOBE” is a regularly-running sightseeing bus that follows a set course. Ride through the city of Kobe enjoying the thrills and openness of a open-top double-decker bus while listening to the attendant’s pleasant tour.

SKY BUS KOBE×City Loop 1day票券
The bright red exterior is an iconic feature of Sky Bus Kobe

Enjoy the sea breeze and the seasonality of the city, and experience riding through an underwater tunnel, something almost like a theme park attraction! You can rent raincoats on rainy days, so relax and enjoy the trip.

You can also choose between 2 courses, the 60-minute “Yokubari Course” and 30-minute “Okigaru Course.” These options let you get a great overview of Kobe in a short amount of time.

The thrilling Minatojima Tunnel with its ceiling passing overhead
The thrilling Minatojima Tunnel with its ceiling passing overhead
Kobe Bridge at sunset, seen from the top of a SKY BUS
Kobe Bridge at sunset, seen from the top of a SKY BUS

City Loop Bus

City Loop Bus operates a bus route that connects Kobe’s major tourist attractions. It visits the area’s main tourist spots, including Sannomiya Station, Shin-Kobe Station, Kitano Inijkan-Gai, Chinatown, the Former Foreign Settlement, Meriken Park, Port Tower, and Harborland. You can freely utilize the bus to get to wherever you want to go.
The bus runs every 17 minutes between 9:00am and 6:00pm on weekdays, and every 15 minutes between 9:00am and 7:00pm on weekends and holidays.

Stylish City Loop Bus
Stylish City Loop Bus

The “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket” combines these two buses in one ticket.

With this ticket, you can ride any SKY BUS KOBE course twice and take the City Loop Bus all day long for just 2,300 yen.

When taking cost into consideration, the SKY BUS KOBE “Yokubari Course” costs 2,000 yen, the Kobe Panoramic Tour (Winter) costs 1,500 yen, and the 1-day ticket for City Loop Bus costs 680 yen, for a total of 4,180 yen. Getting access to all these for 2,300 yen is a great deal!
Furthermore, if you present the SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket at partnered tourist facilities, you can receive special bonuses like discounts!

Recommended Use of the “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket”

1) Start by going around the city with SKY BUS KOBE. Take the City Loop Bus to individual places you’re interested in.

Start by taking the SKY BUS around, enjoying the atmosphere and getting a feel for the city, and then after use City Loop to visit sightseeing spots you want to go to or shops, whatever caught your fancy while riding the SKY BUS. This is our recommended way to efficiently sightsee in Kobe!

Kitano Meister Garden is great to enjoy at your own pace
Kitano Meister Garden is great to enjoy at your own pace

2) Enjoy the difference between the city in the day and at night

This ticket lets you ride the SKY BUS twice, so you can enjoy seeing Kobe’s cityscape in both daylight and at night, a wholly different experience! You can enjoy the night views during fall and winter, and it also helps you to get the most out of your ticket!
A romantic night view of Kobe from atop the open-top bus

A romantic night view of Kobe from atop the open-top bus
A romantic night view of Kobe from atop the open-top bus

How to Buy the “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket”

1) Purchase locations

The “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket” can only be purchased at the SKY BUS KOBE boarding platform and the “Kobe Sannomiya Bus Terminal” for the Shinki Bus.
(2-3 minutes by southern overhead pass outside JR Sannomiya Station’s east exit)
Available only on day of purchase. Cannot be purchased in advance.

2) Reserving seats for SKY BUS KOBE

Reservations take priority on SKY BUS KOBE, so even if you purchase the SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket, it’s prudent to first make your reservation, then purchase your SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket at the boarding area on the day of your reservation. Reservations can be made 1 month in advance if you call the “SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket” phone line. Even without a reservation you can board the bus if there are empty seats, but it’s more consistent to make a reservation if you wish to take the bus on weekends or holidays when there will be more people participating.
※ “SKY BUS KOBE” Reservations: 078-231-4898 
9:30am-12:50pm / 1:50pm-6:00pm Open year-round

Basic Information

Official Name
SKY BUS KOBE X City Loop 1 Day Ticket
Purchase Locations
Shinki Bus Kobe Sannomiya Bus Terminal (3-minute walk from the east exit of JR Sannomiya Station)
Price
Adults 2,300 yen / Children 1,150 yen

SKY BUS KOBE Hours:

“Kobe Panoramic Tour 60 Minutes (about 60 minutes)”
Departing from Sannomiya 11:30am 4:00pm

“Kobe Panoramic Tour (Winter) (about 30 minutes)”
Departing from Sannomiya 10:00am→Kobe Portopia Hotel 10:30am
Departing from Sannomiya 2:30pm 5:45pm

Learn More about SKY BUS KOBE

City Loop Bus Operation:

Weekdays 9:00am-6:00pm (approx. every 17 minutes)
Weekends and holidays 9:00am-7:00pm (approx. every 15 minutes)