How do I get to Kyoto from Kansai International Airport?
There are three options for getting to Kyoto; the quickest, the cheapest and the most hassle free (especially if you are travelling with heavy luggage).
- The Quickest Option
If you are lucky enough to be in possession of a JR Pass, then the best option for you will be to use the JR Haruka limited express. This train gets you to Kyoto in just over 1 hour. The first train from the Airport is 6:34 am, (6:42 am on weekends) and the last train is at 22:16. During peak hours (6am to 9am and 4pm to 8pm) trains depart at 16 and 46 minutes past the hour. Outside peak hours, the Haruka only runs once per hour. A one way fare will cost you 2,770 yen, so we highly recommend that you buy a JR-West Kansai Pass. It is only 2,000 yen and gives you unlimited access on all JR trains within the Airport, Nara, Kyoto and Himeji area (excluding the bullet trains).
- The Cheapest Option
Purchase a ‘Kyoto Access Ticket’ for 1,230 JPY and take the train to JR Kyoto station. NOTE - You will need to change train lines 3 times in order to get to JR Kyoto station:
Nankai Electric Railway Kansai-Airport Station → Tengachaya StationFor more information please refer to the website below
Osaka subway Tengachaya Station → Tenjimbashisuji-Rokuchome Station
Hankyu Railway Tenjimbashisuji-Rokuchome Station → Karasuma Station
Kyoto subway Karasuma Station → Kyoto Station
- The most hassle-free option
Book a ride with MK Shuttle and they will bring you right to our doorstep. A single journey from Kansai Airport to Kyoto costs 3,600 p/p (+an extra 1000JPY per extra piece of luggage). Child and groups discounts apply. Please see the link below for a full list of prices.
Seats must be booked at least 3 days ahead. You can do so via their website (in English).