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How To Go From Kansai International Airport To Osaka And Kyoto

5 Apr 2019

Hew Lee Yee

Klook Travel Curator

Kansai International Airport transfers for all wallet sizes

Cost per person (JPY) Journey time (Kansai-central Osaka) Frequency
Train 1090 34 - 38 min 30 min
Bus 1,100 - 1,400 60 - 120 min 20 - 30 min
Private car 3,400 - 5,000 50 - 60 min Immediate
Taxi 18,000 - 31,000 50 - 60 min Varies depending on the queue

(Costs are based on normal operating hours. Late night surcharges may apply for some.)

The moment you’ve landed at the airport, we bet you can’t wait to get out of it and start your holiday adventures! To ensure you have a smooth trip from the airport to your hotel (and vice versa), it’s best to pre-book and plan your airport transfers. Also, don’t forget to pick up your travel essentials before leaving Kansai International Airport.

Here are the 4 main modes of transportation you may opt for, depending on your budget and size of the travelling group. With options ranging from private car transfers to affordable limousine buses and trains, this easy guide will help you decide the best fit for you!

Note: Not all of the transport options are applicable for travels to Kyoto. For those that can get you to Kyoto, we have added an extra note.

By train

1. Nankai Line Airport Express

This convenient Nankai Line Airport Express transfer service between Kansai International Airport and central Osaka comes highly recommended by many travellers. You can get from the airport to Namba Station in Osaka in a speedy 38-minute ride. Comfortable and with plenty of room, you can relax during the ride after a tiring flight. You can opt for either one-way or return tickets.

Who is it for: All type of travellers - solo, pairs, or in a group. It’s fast, economical, comfortable and hassle-free. The train stops at several well-connected train stations in Osaka.

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2. Nankai Electric Railway Limited Express Rapi:t

The Limited Express rapi:t ticket settles your travel downtown Osaka and Kansai International Airport a roundtrip ticket. With a validity period of two years, you can redeem your fare ticket anytime. It also comes with discount coupons valid at selected stores in Namba City and Namba Parks, a great for the shopaholics!

Who is it for: All type of travellers - solo, pairs, or in a group. It’s fast, economical, comfortable and hassle-free. The train stops at several well-connected train stations in Osaka.

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By bus

3. Limousine Bus Transfer to/from Osaka and Kyoto

For the best value transport between Kansai International Airport and Osaka or Kyoto, the KIX Airport Limousine Service is the one to go for. With three route options, it stops at popular hotels and destinations around Kyoto and Osaka. For many of the routes, the first bus is at 6am, while the last bus is at 10:30pm to 2am.

To Kyoto: Opt for the KIX Airport to/from Kyoto package.

Who is it for: Travellers looking to travel on a budget and don’t mind the slightly longer journey time. It’s comfortable, affordable, and hassle-free.

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By private car

4. Private Kansai International Airport Transfers (KIX) for Osaka

Travel comfortably with a transfer service between Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Downtown Osaka. Get picked up by a friendly and professional driver, before getting whisked to your destination in style and comfort without any need to lug around heavy suitcases!

Choose between a 7-seater Toyota Voxy (or similar) and a 10-seater Toyota Hi-Ace, depending on the needs of you and your travelling party.

Who is it for: Those travelling a big group who want to get picked up and dropped off from door-to-door. Convenient and fuss-free, it’s great for families and especially those with toddlers and small children.

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5. Private Kansai Airport (KIX) Transfers to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Uji, Kobe, or Arima

Perfect for travellers who want to get to their destination at ease after a long flight. No need to deal with strangers in this private airport transfer. Sit back, relax, and let the driver take you to your destination in comfort from point-to-point without a needing to walk or carry around your heavy suitcases. You can even travel to cities outside of Osaka like Kyoto, Nara, Uji, Kobe, and Arima.

To Kyoto: Opt for the KIX Airport to or from Kyoto/Nara/Uji/Kobe/Arima-onsen package.

Who is it for: Those travelling a big group who want to get picked up and dropped off from door-to-door. Convenient and fuss-free, it’s great for families and especially those with toddlers and small children. It’s also recommended for those looking to travel to cities outside of Osaka.

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6. Private Kansai International Airport (KIX) Transfers for Osaka (For Urgent Flight)

Forgot to book your airport transfer? No fret! This airport transfer offers instant confirmation and same day booking which allows for a flexible travel schedule. Be comfortably seated in a luxurious 9-seater van and no need to worry about extra costs like fuel, parking fees, or highway tolls.

Who is it for: Last-minute travellers or those who have urgent flights to catch. It works out to be a great value also for those travelling in a big group within the capacity of the vehicle.

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By taxi

7. Taxi

For those who might not know, taxis in Japan can be quite expensive and should come as no surprise to be the most expensive mode of transportation. At a minimum, it costs a whopping JPY18,000 (= USD162) to get from Kansai International Airport to central Osaka city. To get to Kyoto from the airport, it can easily cost anywhere around JPY30,000 (= USD270) and more.

Do check out the Kansai Airport website for more info on the location of the taxi stands, fares and travelling journey time. Keep in mind that late night fares apply and may cost more. Hence, it’s recommended to skip the taxi and opt for one of the airport transfers listed above.

Who is it for: Those looking for the last resort who were unable to catch any of the airport transfers list above and don’t mind forking out the extra cash.

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