Shinjuku Guide Flashback – Where is the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal?
Jul 07, 2020
In 2016, the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal (SEBT) opened. This terminal is colloquially known as Busta Shinjuku in Japanese, busta being an abbreviation of bus and taminaru, the Japanese spelling of terminal. The SEBT is located near the South Exit of Shinjuku Station and is a place to catch the train, expressway buses and taxis. There are a large number of routes that connect Shinjuku to the rest of the country, with the number of buses departing from this terminal being the highest in Japan. The terminal is quite large, so in this article we would like to show you how to get there and give a simple explanation of the terminal's layout.
How to Get to the SEBT
There are three JR Shinjuku Station ticket gates inside the building that the bus terminal is a part of - the Koshu-Kaido Gate, the New South Gate and the Miraina Tower Gate. Although these exits are very convenient, you can also walk to the SEBT from the JR and Odakyu Shinjuku Station South Exit in under four minutes.
SEBT Floor Guide
Once you arrive, take the elevator to the third floor. The ticket counter and bus departure area is on the fourth floor, so follow the arrows there.
Each bus company sells their tickets at their own counter, so there are occasionally long line-ups. We recommend using the automatic ticket vending machines when it is busy. The departure areas are divided into A, B, C and D, each with their own color. As you can see in the picture above, there are lines on the floor that will lead you to the area you want to go to.
Use the official website to find information about routes that depart from SEBT.
Not Just Buses, but Taxis Too!
In addition to the bus ticket counters, there is a taxi stand on the third floor as well.
There is also a tourist information booth on the third floor, as well as free Wi-Fi and plugs where you can charge your electronics.
Next time you’re travelling in Japan, use the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal for a smooth trip!
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