How to get from Kansai Airport to Kyoto: the Kyoto Access Ticket


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The kansai airport in Osaka it is one of the most important gateways to Japan. Lots of airlines operate there with lots of international routes and one of them is probably yours. In fact, it was where we arrived on the first two trips to Japan, and both times we preferred to go directly to Kyoto from there. If that is your plan, we will tell how to get from Kansai airport to Kyoto and which one is it the cheapest way: the Kyoto Access Ticket.

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What is the Kyoto Access Ticket?

It is not a direct train or bus, it is not even a single ticket, it is actually a transport combination to go from Kansai airport to Kawaramachi station in Kyoto. Of course, there are toooooodas the ways that there are to make this tour this is the cheapest, although not the fastest or most comfortable.

The total journey takes approximately 1 hour and a half, and consists of these sections:

  • Kansai Airport → Tengachaya Station (Nankai Line)
  • Tengachaya Station → Awaki Station (Sakaisuji Line)
  • Awaki Station → Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line)

IMPORTANT: if you have the JR Pass There are other more interesting alternatives to get to Kyoto from Kansai airport included in this rail pass. At the end of the article we will tell you about them.

How much does it cost and where to buy the Kyoto Access Ticket?

The price of this combo ticket to go from Kansai Airport to Kyoto is 1,250 ¥, (about € 10).

To buy it, when you are in the hall of the Kansai airport you will have to go to the train station, for this simply follow the indications. Once there you will see lots of machines, offices of various train companies, people everywhere … a bloody mess! What you have to be very clear if you are going to use this ticket is that it is about the NANKAI company (different for example from the JR), so go directly to their office, which is to the right of the automatic machines.

Once inside you will be able to see this and other tickets advertised to reach different nearby points, such as Kobe or Nara. At the counter you will have to pay in cash (they do not accept a card) and they will give you a folded card on which you will see the map of the route you have to do, and inside you will have two tickets:

  • Red is for use on the Nankai line, that is, for the first train.
  • The green one is for the subway (Sakaisuji Line) and the Hankyu Kyoto Line, that is, for the following two routes.

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How to go from Kansai to Kyoto with the Kyoto Access Ticket?

Now the real mess begins. Pay close attention because it can be quite complicated! Here are the step-by-step instructions:

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