Rapid Airport runs between New Chitose airport and Sapporo, Otaru. This is most common and very reliable access for New Chitose airport. I would like to show you about this train in this post.
Operation route and travel time
Please see the map below to find the operation route:
In daytime, this train runs every 15 minutes. Two of four trips runs between New Chitose Airport and Otaru. Other two trips connect the airport and Sapporo.
The travel time from New Chitose Airport station to major stations are the following:
to Minami Chitose – 3 to 4 minutes
to Sapporo – approximately 40 minutes
to Otaru – approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
If you will travel to Hakodate, Toya, Noboribetsu, Obihiro, Kushiro, you can change the trains at Minami-Chitose. Please refer Hokkaido train guide in the link below:
You can refer the link below if you take this train from New Chitose Airport:
This Rapid Airport is operated by the commute train fleet 721 series or 733 series. Most of Rapid Airport have the reserved sheet that is called “U seat”. U seat offers much better seat. The amenity of U seat is same level as the limited express train ordinary sheet.
And also only car of U seat has a baggage space. If you use Japan Rail Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass, or JR-East South Hokkaido Rail Pass, you can take U seat without any extra payment. You can book a seat in advance or even in last minutes, like 10 minutes before the departure time. Just go to Midori no Madoguchi (JR train reservation window) to book it. You can find Midori no Madoguchi at most of major stations throughout Japan.
You can take Rapid Airport without reservation. If you take Rapid Airport by 721 series, the seat is not bad.
But if all seats are occupied, you have to stand up.
If the train is by 733 series, non reserved seat is just a common commute train.
You cannot choose 721 series or 733 series. The timetable does not show which train set will be used.
Fare and train pass
If you intend to use the train pass, such as JR Pass (Japan Rail Pass), Hokkaido Rail Pass, JR-East South Hokkaido Rail Pass, Peach/Vanilla Hokkaido Rail Pass, and other JR deals, this train is covered fully. But U seat is covered by the train passes which cover a reserved seat fee, such as JR Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass, JR-East South Hokkaido Rail Pass and some others.
If you want to pay a regular fare, you may purchase a ticket at the vending machine. The base fare rate is the following:
|New Chitose Airport||1,150 yen||1,910 yen|
If you have the major IC card, such as Suica, ICOCA, Pasmo, Kitaca, you can use IC card instead of purchase a regular fare ticket.
If you want to take U seat, you have to pay the reserved seat fee 530 yen on top of these above base fare. You can purchase U seat ticket at either the vending machine or the reservation window. IC card cannot be used for U seat ticket.
Unfortunately there is no deals available for New Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo or Otaru.