Best Methods for Getting around Kansai from Kansai International Airport


2019.08.17

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Best Methods for Getting around Kansai from Kansai International Airport

Getting off the plane in Japan can be intimidating. After making your way through Customs and picking up your luggage, you’ve got to find out how to get to where you need to go. While there are plenty of options, it can get confusing. So that’s why we’re breaking down the best transportation methods for getting to the major sights and areas in Kansai from Kansai International Airport.

We’ll cover where to buy tickets at Kansai-Airport Station, as well as where to board your transportation of choice. In terms of ease, taking an express bus (also known as a “limousine bus”) directly to your destination is the preferred method. But that can get expensive. In terms of cost, trains are cheaper, but having to transfer and find your next train makes things a little more difficult. This guide will help you find the best option for your trip, so you can touchdown and start making moves.

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    Heading to Osaka

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    ―For Universal Studios Japan

    How to get to USJ from Kansai International Airport

    How to get to USJ from Kansai International Airport

    You can take the train or a limousine (express) bus to USJ. If you’re light on luggage, the train may be the best option, since you can use your JR-West Rail Pass for a free trip. But if you’re carrying around a couple of suitcases, the limousine bus will make your life much easier. If you’re not going to use a JR-West Pass, then the bus is only 360 yen more expensive than the train—well worth it for simplicity.


    1. Taking the Train, JR
    Route: 1 Transfer. Take the JR Kansai-Airport Rapid Service train from JR Kansai-Airport Station to JR Nishikujo Station. Then transfer to the JR Yumesaki Line for JR Universal City Station.
    Time: 1 hr. 10 mins.
    Cost: 1,190 yen
    Ticket Counter: JR Kansai-Airport Station Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)
    Boarding Area: JR Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets: JR-West Rail Pass. This route will be completely covered by the JR-West Rail Pass, so take that into account when you’re planning what days to use it.


    2. Taking the Limousine Bus
    Route: Direct
    Time: 1 hr. 10 mins.
    Cost: 1,550 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop Ticket Window D, located next to the Bus Stop
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop Ticket Window B, located next to the Bus Stop
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 3
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop No. 7

  • 03

    ―For Namba Station

    Nankai Rapi:t : How to get to Namba Station from Kansai International Airport

    Nankai Rapi:t : How to get to Namba Station from Kansai International Airport

    You’ve got 3 options if you’re headed to Namba Station. Up first is the Nankai Electric Railway, which will take you straight there without any transfers. You can’t use the Rail Pass, though it is the fastest route with their express trains. You can take the JR trains to Namba, too, but you’ll have to transfer trains once. The limousine bus is the cheapest option outside of the Rail Pass, and only takes a few more minutes than the train.


    1. Taking the Train, Nankai Electric Railway
    Route: Direct.
    Time: 40 mins. (riding the Rapi:t Airport Express)
    Cost: 1,430 yen (riding the Rapid:t Airport Express)
    Ticket Counter: Nankai Ticket Office
    Boarding Area: Nankai Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets: KANKU-WEBTOKU TICKET. This is an online discount ticket for 1,130 yen, available until September 30th, 2019. If you’re traveling before then, you buy the ticket online and exchange it at the Nankai Ticket Office when you arrive.


    2. Taking the Train, JR
    Route: 1 transfer. Take the JR Haruka Express train from Kansai-Airport Station to Tennoji Station. Transfer to the JR Yamatoji Line for JR Namba Station.
    Time: 44 mins. (riding the Haruka Express)
    Cost: 2,030 yen (riding the Haruka Express)
    Ticket Counter: JR Kansai-Airport Station Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)
    Boarding Area: JR Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets:
    JR-West Rail Pass. This route will be completely covered by the JR-West Rail Pass.
    ICOCA & Haruka. This gets you an IC card with 1,500 yen credit, which you can use on trains and buses, in addition to the Haruka ticket, all for 3,100 yen. Reservations are made online.


    3. Taking the Limousine Bus
    Route: Direct to Namba OCAT bus terminal.
    Time: 50 mins.
    Cost: 1,100 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop Ticket Window A, located next to the Bus Stop
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop Ticket Window B, located next to the Bus Stop
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 11
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop No. 6

  • 04

    ―For Umeda and Osaka Stations

    How to get to Umeda from Kansai International Airport

    How to get to Umeda from Kansai International Airport

    Since Umeda and Osaka Stations are close together, we’ll be covering them in the same section. All 3 options take around an hour, so Rail Pass holders will want JR trains and other travelers will likely think a bus is best. The bus will drop you off in front of hotels, though, so be sure to check drop-off points beforehand.


    1. Taking the Train, Nankai Electric Railway and Osaka Metro
    Route: 1 transfer. Take the Nankai Airport Line from Kansai-Airport Station to Namba Station. Transfer to the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line for Umeda Station.
    Time: 1 hr. 10 mins.
    Cost: 1,150 yen
    Ticket Counter: Nankai Electric Railway: Kansai-Airport Station Ticket Vending Machine
    Boarding Area: Nankai Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets: Osaka Subway to Kansai int’l Airport. This is a discount ticket for 1,000 yen, available until September 30th, 2019. You can buy it at the Nankai Kansai Airport ticket vending machines.


    2. Taking the Train, JR
    Route: 1 transfer. Take the JR Haruka Express train from Kansai-Airport Station to Tennoji Station. Transfer to the JR Yamatoji Line for Osaka Station.
    Time: 1 hr. 10 mins. (riding the Haruka Express)
    Cost: 2,160 yen (riding the Haruka Express)
    Ticket Counter: JR Kansai-Airport Station Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)
    Boarding Area: JR Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets:
    JR-West Rail Pass. This route will be completely covered by the JR-West Rail Pass.
    ICOCA & Haruka. This gets you an IC card with 1,500 yen credit, which you can use on trains and buses, in addition to the Haruka ticket, all for 3,100 yen. Reservations are made online.


    3. Taking the Limousine Bus
    Route: Drop off is at hotels around Osaka Station (Hotel New Hankyu, Herbis Osaka, Hilton Osaka). Check locations beforehand.
    Time: 1 hr.
    Cost:1,550 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop Ticket Window C, located next to the Bus Stop
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop Ticket Window A, located next to the Bus Stop
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 5
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop No. 1

  • 05

    Heading to Kyoto

    How to get to Kyoto from Kansai International Airport

    How to get to Kyoto from Kansai International Airport

    Rail Pass holders will have an easy pick for Kyoto, since taking JR is the fastest and cheapest of the 3 methods with the pass. Otherwise, the private train lines are very affordable, but get ready to transfer twice. Buses are the middle option, with direct routes but slightly more expensive than private line trips.


    1. Taking the Train, JR
    Route: Direct. Take the JR Haruka Express train from Kansai-Airport Station to JR Kyoto Station.
    Time: 1 hr. 15 mins. (riding the Haruka Express)
    Cost: 3,170 yen (riding the Haruka Express)
    Ticket Counter: JR Kansai-Airport Station Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)
    Boarding Area: JR Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets:
    JR-West Rail Pass. This route is completely covered by the JR-West Rail Pass.
    ICOCA & Haruka. This gets you an IC card with 1,500 yen credit, which you can use on trains and buses, in addition to the Haruka ticket, all for 3,600 yen. Reservations are made online.


    2. Taking the Train, Nankai Electric Railway, Osaka Metro, and Hankyu Kyoto
    Route: 2 transfers. Take the Nankai Airport Line from Kansai-Airport Station to Tengachaya Station. Transfer to the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line and get off at Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station. Then transfer to a Hankyu Kyoto Main Line local train and get off at Kawaramachi Station, Kyoto.
    Time: 2 hrs.
    Cost: 1,600 yen
    Ticket Counter: Nankai Kansai Airport Ticket Office
    Boarding Area: Nankai Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets: Kyoto Access Ticket. This is a discount ticket for 1,230 yen, available until September 30th, 2019. You can buy it at the Nankai Kansai Airport Ticket Office.


    3. Taking the Limousine Bus
    Route: Direct. Drop off in front of Kyoto Station or other stops in the city. Check locations beforehand.
    Time: 1 hr. 30 mins.
    Cost: 2,550 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop Ticket Window B, located next to the Bus Stop
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop Ticket Window A, located next to the Bus Stop
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 8
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop No. 2

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    Heading to Nara

    How to get to Nara from Kansai International Airport

    How to get to Nara from Kansai International Airport

    Both private and JR train routes have 1 transfer, so if you don’t have a JR-West Rail Pass, then the bus is a great option. The private lines are cheapest, but come with a 10-minute walk to transfer. And the limousine bus is only 500 yen more expensive than the train. JR is the fastest, but the most expensive without a pass.


    1. Taking the Train, Nankai Electric Railway, Osaka Metro, and Hankyu Kyoto
    Route: 1 transfer. Take the Nankai Airport Line from Kansai-Airport Station to Namba Station. Walk 10 minutes to Osaka-Namba Station and ride the Kintetsu Railway to Kintetsu-Nara Station.
    Time: 1 hr. 50 mins.
    Cost: 1,480 yen
    Ticket Counter: Nankai Kansai Airport Ticket Office
    Boarding Area: Nankai Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets: Nara Access Ticket. This is a discount ticket for 1,230 yen, available until September 30th, 2019. You can buy it at the Nankai Kansai Airport Ticket Office.


    2. Taking the Train, JR
    Route: 1 transfer. Take the JR Haruka Express train from Kansai-Airport Station to Tennoji Station. Transfer to the JR Yamatoji Line for JR Nara Station.
    Time: 1 hr. 20 mins. (riding the Haruka Express)
    Cost: 2,680 yen (riding the Haruka Express)
    Ticket Counter: JR Kansai-Airport Station Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)
    Boarding Area: JR Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets:
    JR-West Rail Pass. This route is completely covered by the JR-West Rail Pass.
    ICOCA & Haruka. This gets you an IC card with 1,500 yen credit, which you can use on trains and buses, in addition to the Haruka ticket, all for 3,400 yen. Reservations are made online.


    3. Taking the Limousine Bus
    Route: Direct. Drop off at Nara Station or other stops in the city. Check locations beforehand.
    Time: 1 hr. 30 mins.
    Cost: 2,050 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop Ticket Window A, located next to the Bus Stop
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop Ticket Window B, located next to the Bus Stop
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 9
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop No. 5

  • 07

    Heading to Kobe

    How to get to Kobe and Himeji from Kansai International Airport

    How to get to Kobe and Himeji from Kansai International Airport

    If you don’t mind walking 10 minutes or so for the train transfer, then you could save 620 yen by taking the private train lines to Kobe. The bus will get you there half an hour faster on a direct route. But if you’re traveling light, transferring stations at Osaka isn’t a bad choice.


    1. Taking the Train, Nankai Electric Railway and Hanshin Electric Railway
    Route: 1 transfer. Take the Nankai Airport Line from Kansai-Airport Station to Namba Station. Walk 10 minutes to Osaka-Namba Station and ride a Hanshin Line local train into Kobe.
    Time: 1 hr. 30 mins.
    Cost: 1,330 yen
    Ticket Counter: Nankai Kansai Airport Ticket Office
    Boarding Area: Nankai Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets: Kobe Access Ticket. This is a discount ticket for 1,130 yen, available until September 30th, 2019. You can buy it at the Nankai Kansai Airport Ticket Office.


    2. Taking the Limousine Bus
    Route: Direct. Drop off at Kobe-Sannomiya Bus Terminal
    Time: 1 hr.
    Cost: 1,950 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop Ticket Window C, located next to the Bus Stop
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop Ticket Window A, located next to the Bus Stop
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 6
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop No. 4

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    Heading to Wakayama

    How to get to Wakayama and Koyasan from Kansai International Airport

    How to get to Wakayama and Koyasan from Kansai International Airport

    Either the train or the bus are solid options for Wakayama, which is a relatively short trip. The train has a transfer, but the price difference is only 280 yen from the bus. Pick whichever one works with your schedule best. Those heading to Mount Kōya can also find the train route here.


    1. Taking the Train, Nankai Electric Railway
    Route: 1 transfer. Take the Nankai Airport Line from Kansai-Airport Station to Izumisano Station. Transfer to the Nankai Line and get off in Wakayama.
    Time: 1 hr.
    Cost: 870 yen
    Ticket Counter: Nankai Kansai Airport Ticket Office
    Boarding Area: Nankai Kansai-Airport Station


    2. Taking the Limousine Bus
    Route: Direct. Drop off at Kobe-Sannomiya Bus Terminal
    Time: 40 mins.
    Cost: 1,150 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop Ticket Window D, located next to the Bus Stop
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop Ticket Window B, located next to the Bus Stop
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 3
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop No. 7


    3. Taking the Train to Mount Kōya, Nankai Electric Railway
    Route: 2 transfers. Take the Nankai Airport Line from Kansai-Airport Station to Tengachaya Station. Transfer to the Kōya Line and get off at Gokurakubashi Station. Transfer to the Kōyasan Cable to reach Mount Kōya.
    Time: 2 hrs. 20 mins.
    Cost: 2,570 yen
    Ticket Counter: Nankai Kansai Airport Ticket Office
    Boarding Area: Nankai Kansai-Airport Station
    Discount Tickets: Koyasan World Heritage Ticket. This is a discount ticket for 2,860 yen which offers a round trip train ticket to Kōyasan Station from Namba Station, a free bus pass at Mount Kōya, and various discount tickets. It’s available until September 29th, 2019. You can buy it at the Nankai Namba Station Service Center.

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    Heading to Other Destinations

    If you’re heading to the smaller airports, like Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) or Kobe Airport, there are easy transportation routes that will get you there in a timely manner. Osaka International uses a bus, and Kobe lets you ride a ferry.


    1. Taking the Limousine Bus to Osaka International Airport
    Route: Direct.
    Time: 1 hr. 10 mins.
    Cost: 1,950 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop Ticket Window B, located next to the Bus Stop
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop Ticket Window A, located next to the Bus Stop
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 8
    Terminal 2—Bus Stop No. 2

    2. Taking the Ferry to Kobe Airport
    Route: Direct.
    Time: 30 mins.
    Cost: 1,850 yen
    Ticket Counter:
    Terminal 1—High-Speed Ferry Ticket Counter, on 1F
    Terminal 2—High-Speed Ferry Ticket Counter, next to Door E just outside the International Arrivals Lobby
    Boarding Area:
    Terminal 1—Bus Stop No. 12
    Terminal 2—Board the Shuttle Bus headed to the Port Terminal
    Discount Tickets: Foreign Tourist Discount Ticket. This is a high-speed ferry ticket to Kobe Airport for 500 yen. You can buy it at the Ticket Counters in Terminals 1 and 2.

    Kobe Ferry Ticket Counter

    Kobe Ferry Ticket Counter

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    Kansai-Airport Station Ticket Counters and Boarding Areas

    Kansai-Airpot_Station

    Kansai-Airpot_Station

    JR Ticket Office

    JR Ticket Office

    Trains
    After leaving the 2nd floor arrival lobby of Terminal 1, follow the signs that lead to Railways. Cross the bridge connecting the train station to the airport, and on the left is the ticket office and ticket vending machines. On the right is the train platforms.

    Limousine Bus Ticket Office

    Limousine Bus Ticket Office

    Buses
    Terminal 1: The bus stops are right outside the 1st floor arrival lobby. Which bus stop you use depends on your destination, so check beforehand. The ticket windows are next to the bus stop.
    Terminal 2: The bus stops are just outside the international arrival lobby. You can buy tickets at the ticket windows next to the bus stop.



    Travel Tips
    If you’re flying with Peach or Jetstar, then you can actually buy train and/or bus tickets right on the flight. They both offer special discounts for using their in-flight ticket service, so you can get your tickets before you touchdown for a smooth trip to your destination.


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