From Kansai International Airport to Kyoto City
There are three major means of reaching Kyoto from Kansai International Airport: train, airport limousine and shared taxi. The time required and costs vary depending on which means you decide to take so choose the best way that fits your schedule and budget.
Train Services in Japan: JR, Private Railways and Subways
Here is a brief introduction to the train systems in Japan. Train services in Japan are divided into three categories: JR, private railways and subways. JR provides services throughout Japan and runs the train directly connecting Kansai International Airport and Kyoto. The major private railways mainly run between large cities and there is no direct private railway service between Kyoto and the airport. Subway lines run within a city, for example, Kyoto and Osaka, respectively.
The JR Airport Limited Express "Haruka"
The only train service that directly connects Kansai International Airport with Kyoto is the limited express train, "Haruka" provided by JR. It takes about 75 minutes. The train terminates in JR Kyoto Station, the main portal for Kyoto City.
To reach the "Haruka" platform, exit the airport from exit D or E on the second floor and cross the concourse to enter the JR Kansai Airport Station.
Other Train Services via Osaka
A number of other train services connect the airport and Kyoto via Osaka. Either the JR Kanku Express or the private Nankai line will take passengers as far as Osaka. From Osaka, passengers can proceed on to Kyoto using any of following railway lines depending on one's destination: JR, Hankyu or the Keihan line.
"Kansai Thru Pass" is a convenient unlimited rides ticket applicable to about 40 transportation companies. The 2-day pass and 3-day pass are available. Showing this pass will give you a discounts or other privileges at many places around the applicable area.
Airport Limousine Bus
The airport limousine bus provides a direct connection between Kansai International Airport and Kyoto. It takes approximately 90 minutes. The bus terminates at the JR Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit and departs from Platform #8 on the first floor of the Terminal 1 Building, or the Platform #1 of the Terminal 2 Building.
Convenient Tickets to Kyoto
Convenient and reasonably priced special tickets for passengers who enter the central Kyoto city area from Kansai International Airport by railways are available.
● Kyoto Access Ticket
The Access Ticket to Kyoto includes special discount on the limited express ticket of the Nankai Airport Express "Rapit."
● YOKOSO! KYOTO TICEKT
With the 1-day free ticket of Keihan Railways in the Kyoto area.
*The ticket is valid for foreign visitors and available online only.
The shared taxi service is a very convenient means of transport taking passengers directly from the airport to their final destination in Kyoto City. There are two taxi companies offering this service. Discounts are available depending on the number of people boarding and also for a round-trip ticket.
Please note that a reservation is necessary and some areas of Kyoto City are outside the service area.
Yasaka Taxi's Kansai Airport Shuttle is a convenient and comfortable taxi service between Kansai International Airport and Kyoto city area (3,500 yen/person; one way; including tax).
(Free of charge for one large suitcase per person. Discount is available for Internet reservation, round-trip reservation and group reservation)
Reserved shuttle service is also available for max 9 people/vehicle (25,000 yen/vehicle between Kyoto and Kansai International Airport; one way; including tax)
MK Kyoto Sky Gate Shuttle provides a bus service between Kansai International Airport and the Kyoto city area (3,600 yen/person; one way; including tax). One large suitcase per person is allowed free of charge. For additional luggage, 1,000 yen will be charged each. A discount is available for Internet reservations, round-trip reservations and group reservations. They also have a convenient service for both Domestic and International flights of LCC.
From Kyoto City to Kansai International Airport
It is strongly recommended to get to the airport two hours before the departure time. Make sure to check how long it will take to reach the airport before leaving Kyoto.