For visitors to Fukuoka City, the “Green” bus provides an easy way to travel between the city’s famous sights and central districts. Its route connects JR Hakata Station, Gion, Nakasu, Tenjin, Ohori Park, Fukuoka Tower, the international ferry terminal (at night), a number of museums, cultural and historical sites, and more!
Green buses arrive every 30 minutes on weekends and public holidays, and every 40 minutes on weekdays. The first bus departs from Hakata-eki Kotsu Center (the bus center adjacent to JR Hakata Station) at 9:00 a.m. daily, and the last bus departs at 6:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays and 6:20 p.m. on weekdays. Buses departing from 5:30 p.m. onward follow a special nighttime route that takes you to spots around town with good night views.
Additionally, a “Green Pass” is available for 700 yen (350 yen for children) that gives you all-day unlimited use of Green buses–not a bad deal when you consider that one ride normally costs 250 yen. The SUNQ Pass and Fukuoka Taiken Bus Ticket (website in Japanese) can also be used to ride Green buses.
While Green buses may not come as often as regular city buses and trains do, their route is extremely convenient for visitors who don’t know their way around the city (the Fukuoka city bus system (website in Japanese) can be difficult to navigate at first).
Check out the printable daytime/nighttime route map (PDF) or visit the English-language website for more information!
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