Transportation from Kansai Airport (KIX)

Transportation from Kansai Airport (KIX)

Here is a complete summary of transportation system available at Kansai International Airport (KIX) to major cites in Kansai. Read through this guide to know which system is the most convenient and suitable for your next trip in Kansai.


Our journey starts at KIX

Once you completed the checking at immigration and got your baggage, it is time to start your journey. First thing first, you need to get ourselves out of the airport and there are 3 ways to go as follows

  • Train
  • Limousine Bus
  • High Speed Ferry

*In fact there is taxi available at the airport. Approximate price from KIX to cities in Kansai is relatively higher than train, limousine bus and high speed ferry. If you really need the taxi service for private ride and convenience, please see the detail from the following links.

Yasaka Taxi / MK Taxi

TRAIN

Train system is relatively cheap and convenient since there are 2 systems that connect directly with the airport (Terminal 1) which are JR Line and Nankai Line. If baggage is not a big problem for you, both are good options to consider. These systems cover different areas of Kansai and both have their own express and limited express train

JR Line

JR Line has the largest coverage area in Kansai, meaning you can visit every major cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji and Wakayama. Airport Rapid Service and Haruka Express are 2 types of JR train that depart from Kansai Airport sta.

Kyoto is the only city that has direct train departing from KIX airport via Haruka Express. In order to reach other cites, you need to take Airport Rapid Service to Osaka first, then transfer to other local lines or JR line for each city (expect Wakayama)

KANSAI AIRPORT RAPID SERVICE

This train is suitable if these conditions fit you

  • Booking accommodation close to JR line
  • Preferring cheaper option (than limited express)
  • Traveling in small group
  • Not in a rush
  • Waning to use JR Pass
  • Heading to Osaka Loop Line

Here is a summary of places accessible by JR line with price per one adult and travelling time on the train.

HARUKA EXPRESS

This is a limited express train which departs from KIX to Kyoto directly with only 2 stops in between. If you plan to go to Osaka sta. (Umeda), JR-Namba sta. Sakurajima sta. (USJ) and others, you need avoid this option. Haruka Express is more preferable if you are…

  • Going to Tennoji, Shin-Osaka or Kyoto
  • Choosing between Reserved & Non-reserved seat (different price)
  • Enjoying bigger seat and space
  • Having seat tray for food
  • Having luggage space
  • Using WIFI
  • In a rush
  • Using JR Pass

Here is summary of price difference between seat types, destination and traveling time.
Time Table and other details

NANKAI LINE

This is another train system which departs from KIX airport similar to JR line. However, it can take you to Osaka (Namba area only) and Wakayama (Wakayamashi & Koyasan). You can decide whether should you choose this system by considering these followings

  • Heading to Namba or Shin-Imamiya
  • Heading to Wakayamashi or Koyasan
  • Booking accommodation close to Nankai
  • Having Kansai Thru Pass (KTP) or Nankai Pass

    *Shin-Imamiya sta is available for both JR และ Nankai Line

Similarly, Nankai line also has 2 types of train as Nankai Airport Express and Rapi:d Express.

NANKAI AIRPORT EXPRESS

This train go straight to Namba sta. (Nankai) which is connected with Namba sta. (Osaka subway) and Osaka-Namba sta. (Hanshin and Kintetsu Line). This is a system for you need to transfer to systems mentioned above.

930 Yen / 45 min (Time Table)

Nanba Sta. (Nankai) are JR-Namba Sta. are two separate stations and located 15-20 min away from each other by work. So make sure you check the location of your accommodation correctly.

LIMITED EXPRESS RAPI:D

This limited express train of Nankai system shares the same track and direction with Airport Express. It reaches Namba faster because it makes fewer stops. Here is what you will get…

  • Available only Reserved seat
  • Enjoying bigger seat and space
  • Having seat tray for food
  • Having luggage space
  • Using WIFI
  • In a rush
  • Paying only extra seat fee if you have KTP pass (+520)

930+ 520 = 1,450 yen / 37 min (Time Table)

LIMOUSINE BUS

This option provides you a service of limousine bus with maximum 50 seats with in-car toilet. You should consider bus if you don’t want to deal with train transfer or carrying heavy belongings by yourself. Traveling in large group is more easier to manage when you can choose to take the same bus together. Also, there is dropping service directly to some hotels. Please check with link below

*One-way price (See link for round trip)
Bus Stop at KIX Airport Terminal 1 (1F)

Osaka
Osaka sta. (Umeda) – 1,600 yen (1 hr)
Shinsaibashi – 1,600 yen (1 hr)
USJ-Osaka Aquarium – 1,600 yen (70 min)
JR-Namba sta. (OCAT) – 1,100 yen (50 min)
More routes in Osaka

Kyoto – JR Kyoto sta. – 2,600 yen (1.5 hr)
Kobe – Kobe-Sannomiya – 2,000 yen (1 hr)
Nara – Nara sta. / Kintetsu-Nara sta. – 2,100 yen (1.5 hr)
Wakayama
JR-Wakayama sta. – 1,200 yen (40 min)
Koyasan – 2,000 yen (1.5 hr)

HIGH-SPEED FERRY

This express ferry service can take across the bay from KIX airport to Kobe airport which takes only 30 minutes. This is very good option if you are planning to Kobe. This is because there is Portliner Monorail which departs from Kobe airport and takes only 17 min to JR-Sannomiya sta. Plus, there is discount campaign epically for foreign tourist.

1,880 → 500 yen / 30 min (Time Table)
Bus stop to ferry port at KIX Airport T1 / T2

Of course, it is good as long as you don’t mind travelling by ferry or don’t have too many bags with you. Here is price comparison for your consideration.

KTIC KIX TERMINAL 1 (1F)

All types of transportation are available at Kansai Tourist Information Center including JR Pass and booking seats for Haruka Express. Feel free to visit our store for more detail.

Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Terminal 1 Central Exit 1F
Open Everyday 9.30 – 17.30

Hope this info is helpful. See you in the next blog.

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