Direct access to Shin Osaka, Kyoto from Kansai airport, Kansai Airport Limited Express “Haruka”

Limited Express Haruka connects Kansai airport and Kyoto via Tennoji and Shin-Osaka.
Limited Express Haruka connects Kansai airport and Kyoto via Tennoji and Shin-Osaka.

Kansai Airport Limited Express Haruka may be your first train in Japan. It is operated between Kansai (Osaka) airport and Greater Osaka area, Kyoto, Kusatsu and Maibara. But please be careful that Haruka does not stop at Osaka station. It stop at Tennoji and Shin-Osaka. If you want to go to Osaka station, you have to transfer to the local train at Shin-Osaka. This express train has 30 round trips a day and are operated mostly every 30 minutes.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

After you arrive Kansai airport, you can exchange your Japan Rail Pass and take this train to Osaka. Japan Rail Pass cover fully this train. Haruka takes you to Shin-Osaka station for about 1 hour. It is fast and convenient. But this train does not take you to Osaka station and does not drop you off at the door of Hotel either. We have an Airport limousine bus to many place in Greater Osaka and Hi-speed ferry service to Kobe. So if you go to Greater Osaka area, I recommend you to take other transportation.

And also if you stay several days in downtown Osaka, please think about saving your rail pass days. Please refer this tips.

Route and stations

Kansai Airport(関西空港) x
Hineno(日根野) *
Izumi-Fuchu(和泉府中) *
Tennoji(天王寺) x
Shin-Osaka(新大阪) x
Kyoto(京都) x
Yamashina(山科) x
Otsu(大津) x
Ishiyama(石山) x
Kusatsu(草津) x
Moriyama(守山) x
Yasu(野洲) x
Oumi-Hachiman(近江八幡) x
Hikone(彦根) x
Maibara(米原) x

x:All train stop *:some train stop

If you are looking for the timetable of Haruka, you can find it at the bottom of JR West website.


View Haruka (Kansai Airport Express) in a larger map

Special tickets and passes for Haruka

Japan Rail Pass cover this train. But if you think about purchasing single ticket, think about “JR West Kansai Area Pass” or “ICOCA and Haruka”.

JR West Kansai Area Pass

This pass is originally designed for unlimited ride in Kansai area. But you can use one day pass to get on Haruka only. The price of one day pass is 2,000 yen. You can purchase at Kansai airport station on the spot. This is cheaper than single ticket (basic fare + limited express surcharge = 2,470 yen) from Kansai airport to Shin-Osaka. If you go to Shin-Osaka and beyond, you will get much greater deal. Please see JR West site to get the details.

ICOCA and Haruka

If you take some local trains after arrival by Haruka, this special combination ticket gives you the best deal. Especially round trip type is cheaper than round trip by Haruka between Kansai airport and Shin-Osaka. Please see the post, ICOCA and Haruka ticket. Very flexible and good deal for tourist who stay in Kansai to get the details.

Accommodation

JR West 281 series is used for Haruka. This train was introduced at the same time of Kansai airport opened in 1994.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Green seat

The seat configuration is 2+1. It is a big seat, but the head rest is so small.
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Ordinary seat

The seat configuration is 2+2. The table is so small. It cannot be used for eating, drinking and using a laptop.
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Washroom and other facilities

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Haruka has some luggage storage. But it does not have any lock and security.
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Haruka train information

1 2 3 4 5 6
G R R R NR NR

Some trains are operated by 9 cars formation.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
G R R R NR NR R R R

*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat

278 thoughts on “Direct access to Shin Osaka, Kyoto from Kansai airport, Kansai Airport Limited Express “Haruka””

  1. Hi takeshi,
    I will be arriving at Kansai airport and will be staying
    near karasuma-okie station in Kyoto.
    I will be staying there for 8 nights
    6 days I will be touring in Kyoto.
    On 2 days I will be on round trip to Osaka namba area and Kobe.
    On the last day I will be going back from Kyoto to kansai airport.

    Can u recommend me a good package to buy?

    1. Hi John,

      You may use Haruka discount ticket round trip to Kyoto at 3200 yen.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      You may add Kansai one pass on top of this deal.
      http://kansaionepass.com/en/about.html?info=1

      In Kyoto, you can use city deal.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html
      All day bus pass is most affordable. If you have Kansai one pass, just get all day bus pass and use Kansai one pass when you need to take trains.

      You may use Kansai thru pass to get Osaka and Kobe.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi takeshi,
        Thanks for yr recommendation.

        Actually I am thinking of buying the ICOCA card & Haruka discount ticket. I will use the ICOCA card for all my travels. And the Haruka discount ticket for my round trip from Kansai airport to Kyoto station.
        Not sure if I can buy both tickets together at the JR West counter.
        And one question. Can the ICOCA card be used on all the kansai trains, be it JR, Haruka , local and private railway etc, with the exception of the Shinkansen?

        1. Hi John,

          You can do all trips by ICOCA. It covers all JR local trains, Non JR lines, subways and city bus. But Kansai one pass is better choice than ICOCA. It’s same type of card but this one offers discount at many attractions.
          http://kansaionepass.com/en/

          If you want to take Shinkansen by Kansai one pass, you need to buy limited express surcharge ticket beside this card. This card covers base fare only.

          If you want to take Haruka other than KIX-Kyoto and Kyoto-KIX, you need to have limited express surcharge ticket too.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

      2. How about I buy the ICOCA card and Kansai one pass together? In this way, I can use the ICOCA card as backup if the Kansai one pass is not applicable for a particular journey.
        And on the last day, I can redeem back the remaining amount on the cards at the airport.
        Do I need to get the ICOCA card if I want to get the discount ticket for the Haruka limted express train?

        1. Hi John,

          It doesn’t make any senses to have both ICOCA and Kansai one pass. Kansai one pass made from ICOCA. Both have same coverage in Kansai area.
          You don’t need to have ICOCA to get Haruka discount ticket. You can buy just Haruka discount ticket. ICOCA or/and Kansai one pass is not required.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m currently in Osaka .
    My itinerary is to go around dotonburi, osaka castle and also Kyoto .

    Which card do you recommend to buy? And also how do I get to Kansai airport from Shin Osaka station? Btw, I have a suica card so is it enough?

    1. Hi Crystal,

      You can find the deals in Osaka and Kyoto at the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      But you need to use Suica to get Kyoto station.

      You can use Suica but if you want to take Haruka, don’t use Suica and buy Haruka discount ticket (1,300 yen) at Shin-Osaka.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      It includes base fare and express fee. You don’t need to use Suica.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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