Aug 11, 2016

Getting To and From Kansai International Airport: Costs to / from Osaka, Kyoto, Nara



Built on reclaimed land off the coast of Osaka, Kansai International Airport boasts the longest airport terminal in the world; Terminal 1, 1.7 km from end to end. KIX, as the airport is also known, has become an important hub for Asian air travel, and remains a popular gateway into Japan from many parts of the world. The costs and logistics that went into the construction of this travel hub are hard to comprehend. Hopefully the costs of getting to and from Kansai International airport and its surrounding cities, like Osaka and Kyoto, will be a bit easier to get the head round. Let’s take a look.  In the following, we consider the costs of getting to/from Kansai International Airport by train, bus, and taxi.  Some train fares vary (slightly) according to season.  Those listed below are for high season.  All costs are in Japanese yen.





Kansai Airport to OSAKA: costs, times, routes


Plenty of options for getting between Kansai International Airport and central Osaka.


By train

DestinationCostTimeExample route
Shin-Osaka (fast)2,330 (unreserved) / 3,050 (reserved) / 3,610 (green seat) 49 mins
LTD. Express Haruka
Shin-Osaka (cheap)1,200 71 mins

Nankai Airport Express to Namba -

Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line to Shin-Osaka

Shinsaibashi (fast)

1,950 (unreserved)

Shinsaibashi 2,670 (reserved seat) / 3,230 (green seat)

46 mins

LTD. Express Haruka to Tennoji -

Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line to Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi (cheap)1,240 78 minsJR Kansai Airport Rapid Service to Taisho - Osaka City Subway Nagahori Tsurumiryokuchi Line to Shinsaibashi
Namba (fast)1,950 (unreserved) 2,670 (reserved) / 3,230 (green seat)44 mins

LTD. Express Haruka to Tennoji -

Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line to Namba

Namba (cheap)1,16053 mins

Nankai Airport Express to Tengachaya -

Osaka City Subway Sakaisuji Line to Nippombashi -

Osaka City Subway Sennichimae Line to Namba


By bus

DestinationCostTimeKIX Terminal
Shin-Osaka (Hankyu highway bus terminal)1,550 (adult) / 780 (child)~ 1 hrs 20 minsT1
Shinsaibashi (Hotel Nikko Osaka)1,550 (adult) / 780 (child)~ 1 hrs 10 minsT1&2 (only two buses a day)
Namba1,050 (adult) / 530 (child)~ 50 minsT1


By taxi

DestinationCostTime
Nambafrom 13,000 ~ 50 mins
Umedafrom 13,000 ~ 50 mins
Shin-Osakafrom 18,000~ 60 mins






Kansai Airport to Kyoto: costs, times, routes



There are plenty of train services available for travel between Kyoto and Kansai International Airport. However, it looks like it might be easier just to take the bus.  You can get to Kyoto directly this way, it's cheaper than the fastest train service, and takes about the same kind of time to JR Kyoto Station.  From there you can easily use the subway to get to other parts of the city.  Let's take a closer look at those costs between KIX and Kyoto.


By train

DestinationCostTimeExample route
JR Kyoto (fast)2,850 (unreserved) / 3,570 (reserved) / 4,130 (green seat)
1 hrs 20 minsLtd. Exp. Haruka to JR Kyoto
JR Kyoto (cheap)1,880~ 2 hrs

JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service to Osaka -

JR Special Rapid Service to JR Kyoto

Shijo (fast)

3,060 (unreserved seat ) 3,780 (reserved) / 4,340 (green seat)

(seats for Ltd. Exp. Haruka)

1 hrs 32 minsLtd. Exp. Haruka to JR Kyoto - Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line to Shijo
Shijo (cheap)2,090~ 2 hrs

JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service to Osaka -

JR Special Rapid Service to Kyoto (JR) - Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line to Shijo

Sanjo (fast)

2,250 (unreserved) 2,970  (reserved) /

3,530 (green seat) (seats for Ltd. Exp. Haruka)

1 hrs 46 mins

Ltd. Exp. Haruka to Tennoji - Osaka Loop Line to Kyobashi -

Keihan Main Line Ltd. Exp. to Sanjo

Sanjo (cheap)1,5102 hrs

Nankai Airport Express to Shinmamiya - JR Kishuji Rapid Service to Kyobashi (Osaka) -

Keihan Main Line Ltd. Exp. to Sanjo 


By bus

DestinationCostTimeKIX Terminal
JR Kyoto2,550 (adult) / 1,280 (child)~ 1 hrs 20 minsT1&2
Kyoto Shijo Karasuma2,550 (adult) / 1,280 (child)
~ 2 hrsT1&2


By taxi

JR Kyoto -  32,000 yen ~ 2 hrs

Shuttle services to Kyoto -  3,600 yen per person with  SKYGATE SHUTTLE

Shuttle services to Kyoto - 3,500 yen per person with YASAKA TAXI






Kansai Airport to NARA: costs, times, routes


Judging from the information below, there are no buses to JR Nara Station, and the service that we found from Kansai International Airport probably doesn't make sense for the traveler.  There appear to be no direct train services between KIX and JR Nara.  There is quite a large difference in cost between the fastest and cheapest services, but a negligible difference in time.  Maybe it just depends on how badly you want a seat.


By train

DestinationCostTimeExample route
JR Nara (fast)

2,360 (unreserved) / 3,080 (reserved) /

3,640 (green seat)

1 hrs 20 mins

Ltd. Exp. Haruka to Tennoji -

JR Yamatoji Rapid Service to Nara

JR Nara (cheap)1,4801 hrs 23 mins

Nankai Airport Express to Shinmamiya -

JR Yamatoji Rapid Service to Nara


By bus

DestinationCostTimeKIX Terminal
Kinetsu Gakuenmae Station2,050 (adult) / 1,030 (child)
1 hrs 20 minsT1

NB* From Gakuenmae Station take the Kintetsu Nara Line to Kintetsunara ~ 30 mins / 260 yen. From there it’s a 20-min walk to JR Nara Station. This doesn’t look like a convenient option!


By taxi

JR Nara - 25,000 yen, ~ 1.5 hrs



The example routes from Kansai International Airpot displayed in the tables above, are just that; examples.  There are other routes that can be followed, but where possible, we tried to pick up the fastest and the cheapest.  Sometimes the cheapest options meant transferring between stations too many times to make them a sensible option.   Also, sometimes there isn't a great deal of difference between fastest and cheapest.  For trains, head to the Terminal 1 building of KIX.   


Resources

Kansai International Airport homepage: http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/index.asp

Hyperdia (for detailed train routes/prices/schedules): http://www.hyperdia.com/


If you've got any advice regarding the cost of getting to and from Kansai International Airport, please write it in the comments sections below.  We'd love to hear from you.


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KIX - Hideyuki KAMON Flickr License 

Osaka raneko Flickr License

Kyoto Toomore Chiang Flickr License

Nara Mith Huang Flickr License 


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