Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Willer EXPRESS - The Late Night Traveler's Best Friend

Have you ever needed to get somewhere first thing the next day but couldn't because the bullet trains stopped running for the night?  

If you have ever faced this calamity, the answer may lie in the Willer EXPRESS.  An Osaka-based company since 1994, Willer Travel has been operating its line of Willer EXPRESS night buses around the country transporting everyone from the economical traveler to the business traveler.  

With more than 15 different seat configurations on its buses, Willer EXPRESS is able to cater to every kind of traveler.  For more information on the types of seating available with pricing, please visit here.  I am personally interested in the Cocoon configured bus (see picture above), which only seats up to 24 people.

And with its web site also available in Chinese and Korean, Willer Travel is hoping to increase its share of the foreign tourist market in a bus service sector that has mainly been for Japanese.  

How this will all pan out remains to be seen, however Willer Travel is definitely making strides to better position itself for the future and beyond.


  1. I've always thought about a late night bus service but more around the idea of those who miss the last trains along the subway lines - I'd heard rumours that such a service was being blocked by stakeholders in the taxi companies.

  2. I have seen bus services advertised between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. at select locations in Osaka (Umeda & Namba I believe) taking people to Ibaraki, Tatatsuki, Kyoto, etc. on the weekends for those who missed the last train.