Most of the area around Nara-kōen is covered by two circular bus routes. Bus 1 runs anticlockwise and bus 2 runs clockwise. There’s a ¥170 flat fare. You can easily see the main sights in the park on foot and use the bus as an option if you are pushed for time or get tired of walking (one-day Free Pass ¥500).
Nara is a convenient size for getting around on a bicycle. Eki Renta Car Kansai (26-3929; 1-1 Honmachi, Sanjō; 8am-8pm) is very close to JR Nara station and rents regular bicycles for ¥300 a day – unbelievable value. If you can’t be bothered to pedal along Nara’s mostly flat streets, you can opt for electric bicycle (¥1500 a day).