New Chitose Airport access guide. How to get Sapporo, Otaru and other cities in Hokkaido.

New Chitose airport station is located at the underground of the terminal building. (C) JP Rail

New Chitose airport (新千歳空港) is the biggest airport in Hokkaido and the primary gateway for the trip to Hokkaido by flights. Some of you start your trip from this airport.

In this post, I would like to share the guide of the access between this airport and Sapporo and Otaru. I will also show you how to take the trains to most of major cities in Hokkaido.

Access between the terminal building and the station

There are lots of signages between the terminal building and the station.

This station is directly connected to the terminal building. You can get the station from the terminal building easily just inside the building. You can move without any outer jacket even in the freezing weather.

As you have seen the picture above, the station is located at the underground level. You can simply take the stairs, escalators or elevators from the arrival level. There are lots of signage. You cannot miss it. Please see the following links to get the maps and more information.

Platform and ticket gate of New Chitose Airport station

New Chitose airport station ticket gate (C) JP Rail

New Chitose airport station is quite small. There is only one ticket gate and one platform. If you want to exchange Japan Rail Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass, and/or JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass, you can do it at JR Hokkaido information desk. It is located by the ticket gate.

Rapid Airport which is the train between New Chitose Airport, Sapporo and Otaru

Rapid Airport at Sapporo station

Rapid Airport train runs between New Chitose airport and Sapporo, Otaru. Please see the link below to find more information:

Rapid Airport train for New Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo and Otaru

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Please see the timetable at JR Hokkaido website to get the full timetable of Rapid Airport.

Transfer to the trains to other major cities in Hokkaido

All trains stop at Minami-Chitose station. It is very easy to transfer. (C) JP Rail

You can access to Sapporo and Otaru from New Chitose Airport directly. But if you go to other cities, you have to change trains. There are several transfer points.

First of all, Minami-Chitose station is the transfer point for the following places:

  • Hakodate
  • Noboribetsu
  • Toya (Lake Toya)
  • Hakodate
  • Tomamu
  • Obihiro
  • Kushiro
  • Nemuro (via Kushiro)

Sapporo station is the second transfer points if you visit these following cities:

  • Asahikawa
  • Furano(via Asahikawa or Takikawa)
  • Biei (via Asahikawa)
  • Abashiri
  • Wakkanai
  • Shiretoko-Shari(via Abashiri)

And Otaru station is the last transfer point for Niseko, Kutchan and Yoichi.

The airport shuttle bus

If you are looking for the direct access to your accommodation, airport buses may be better. You can find the detailed information at New Chitose Airport Buses information page.

I hope this airport guide make your trip planning be easier.

270 thoughts on “New Chitose Airport access guide. How to get Sapporo, Otaru and other cities in Hokkaido.”

  1. Dear Takeshi san,

    Would like to check with u, should we take JR Hokkaido Pass or JR Hokkaido IC Card-Kitaca to cover our itinerary below?

    20/12/2019 (Fri) – Sin to Tokyo (Haneda) trf to New Chitose Airport to Otaru Station.

    22/12/2019 (Sun) – Otaru Station to Kutchan Station

    24/12/2019 (Tue) – Kutchan Station to Susukino Station
    Will travel to – Miyanosawa Station / Soen Station / Nangonanachome Station
    If time permit will have a 1 day trip to Asahikawa Zoo

    27/12/2019 (Fri) – Susukino Station to Chitose Station
    Will travel to – Minami-Chitose Station & Vist North Snowland

    29/12/2019 (Sun) – Chitose Station to New Chitose Airport to Sin

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Noted and since otaru to kutchan can’t use Kitaca, how should I go about it? What about kutchan to Sapporo?

        1. Hi May,

          Just pay as you go. You can buy a regular ticket at the station. When you go to Sapporo from Kutchan, just buy a ticket to Sapporo from Kutchan. If you use Kitaca, you have to buy a ticket for Kutchan to Otaru and you have to exit at Otaru station. And then you have to enter Otaru station. It’s inconvenient.


          Takeshi /

          1. Hi Takeshi,

            Noted and from Japan Rail Pass web pg, I saw that in winter, there is a “direct train operates once a day via Niseko, the famous ski spot, and Otaru.” Do you have any information on this? Like timing, ticket price and where to buy ticket? Can we reserve seat for train from Otaru to Kutchan and Kutchan to Sapporo?

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