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Comparing The Routes To Osaka From The Kansai International Airport

Comparing The Routes To Osaka From The Kansai International Airport

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In this article we are comparing the various ways to reach the urban Osaka areas by train from the Kansai International Airport in terms of time and fares.

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by Keisuke Yamada

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Welcome to Osaka! You will find in this city many delicious dishes and unique amusements. Moreover, the people are kind, which makes it the perfect sightseeing destination.

If you are here for the first time, please beware. After arriving at the Kansai International Airport, you will have to figure out how to reach the urban Osaka areas by train. Two railroad companies, the JR and the Nankai Railways (南海電鉄), serve the airport, and travelers must choose the right train according to their destinations.

This article is for the travelers using the Kansai International Airport (KIX) for the first time, describing the various routes to Osaka City from the airport.

Routes to Various Destinations

The first thing travelers must understand is that there are many train stations located in the center of Osaka City. The JR Osaka Station 大阪駅, along with the Umeda Stations 梅田駅 of various railroad companies, are located in the area called Kita (キタ), while the various Namba Stations 難波駅, such as the JR Namba Station and the Nankai Namba Station, are located in the area called Minami (ミナミ).

To go sightseeing in Osaka, you have to know which station is the most convenient.

We will make a comparison between the various routes to Osaka, taking into consideration the time and fares.

*The Nankai Railways Airport Express (空港急行) takes 10 more minutes compared to the Rapīt Express (ラピート), but the fare will be 510 yen cheaper.

The Route to JR Osaka Station

1. Using the JR

Route : from KIX to JR Osaka Station
Time : 75 minutes on the JR Kankū Kaisoku
Fare : 1,190 yen


2. Using the Nankai Railways and JR

Route : from KIX to Nankai Shin-Imamiya Station/JR Shin-Imamiya Station to JR Osaka Station
Time : 64 minutes (37 minutes on the Rapīt Express, 10 minutes for changing trains and 17 minutes to the JR Osaka Station)
Fare : 1,610 yen


3. Using the Nankai Railways and Subway to the Umeda Station

Route : from KIX to Nankai Namba Station (Nankai Railways)/Midōsuji Line Namba Station to Umeda Station
Time : 58 minutes (40 minutes on the Rapīt Express, 10 minutes for changing trains and 8 minutes to Umeda Station.)
Fare : 1,670 yen

The Route to JR Namba Station

1. Using the Nankai Railways and JR

Route : from KIX to Nankai Shin-Imamiya Station/ JR Shin-Imamiya Station to JR Namba Station
Time : 52 minutes (38 minutes on the Rapīt Express, 10 minutes for changing trains and 4 minutes to JR Namba Station.)
Fare : 1,040 yen


2. Using the Nankai Railways

Route : from KIX to Nankai Namba Station to JR Namba Station
Time : 55 to 60 minutes (40 minutes on the Rapīt Express, 15 to 20 minutes-walk from Nankai Namba Station to JR Namba Station.)
Fare : 1,430 yen

The Route to Nankai Namba Station

Route : from KIX to Nankai Namba Station
Time : 40 minutes on the Rapi:t Express
Fare : 1,430 yen

JR - Convenient Over a Wide Area / Nankai Railways - Perfect for the Osaka Urban Area

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The JR Ticket Booth

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The Nankai Railways Ticket Booth

The ticket booths for both the JR and the Nankai Railways are inside the Kansai International Airport. Choose the lines according to your travel plans.

JR is convenient for those who want to go sightseeing in Osaka, Kyotoor Nara, and also ride the Shinkansen ("bullet train"), while Nankai is convenient for those who want to tour the Osaka area.

Keep in mind that in the airport, the JR signs are blue, while the Nankai signs are red.

The JR Ticket Gate

The Nankai Ticket Gate

After buying the tickets, head for either the JR (blue) or Nankai (red) ticket gates.

The specific details for each route are as follows.

1. Using the JR Lines to the JR Osaka Station

The fastest way is to use the JR Kankū Kaisoku (KIX Express). Although this train takes the direct route, it doesn't rn that frequently, so be sure to check the timetable.

Route : from KIX to JR Osaka Station
Time : 75 minutes on the JR Kankū Kaisoku
Fare : 1,190 yen

2. Using the Nankai Railways and the JR to JR Osaka Station

On this route, you will be heading first to the Nankai Shin-Imamiya Station 南海新今宮駅 using the Nankai Railways.

Route : from KIX to Nankai Shin-Imamiya Station/ JR Shin-Imamiya Station to JR Osaka Station
Time : 64 minutes (37 minutes on the Rapi:t Express, 10 minutes for changing trains and 17 minutes to the JR Osaka Station.)
Fare : 1,610 yen


You will be going next to the neighboring JR Shin-Imamiya Station, and take the Osaka Kanjōsen Line ("the loop line") to the JR Osaka Station.

3. Using the Nankai Railways and Subway to Reach Umeda Station

Take the Nankai Railways from KIX, and go to the Nankai Namba Station.

Route : from KIX to Nankai Namba Station/ Midōsuji Line Namba Station to Umeda Station
Time : 58 minutes (40 minutes on the Rapi:t Express, 10 minutes changing trains and 8 minutes to the Umeda Station.)
Fare : 1,670 yen


This is the Nankai Namba Station.

Use the escalator, and head for the Namba Station なんば駅 of the Osaka Municipal Subway Midōsuji Line (御堂筋線).

There are many signs on the ceiling, so look for the Midōsuji Line.

This is the Midōsuji Line ticket gate.

Take the train heading for Umeda, Shin-Osaka and the Senrichūō areas.

This train will take you to the Umeda Station.

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