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

Rapid Airport at Sapporo station

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:

Rapid Airport takes you to Sapporo and Otaru directly. (Click to view large)

There are four trips an hour in daytime. Two of these four trips runs between New Chitose Airport and Otaru. Other two trips connect the airport and Sapporo.

Please see to get the full timetable of Rapid Airport in the link below.

Timetable (JR Hokkaido website)

The travel time 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

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Hotels in New Chitose Airport
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You can refer the link below if you take this train from New Chitose Airport:

New Chitose Airport Access guide

Accommodation

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.

The entrance of U seat
Interior of U seat (C) Tennen-Gas [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
U seat

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.

721 series non reserved seat
721 series non reserved seat

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.

There were very few passengers because this photo was taken in very early morning. But in day time, it is much busier and you may have to stand up.

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:

SapporoOtaru
New Chitose Airport1,070 yen1,780 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 520 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.

2 thoughts on “Rapid Airport train for New Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo and Otaru”

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    We have a few questions and hoping that you would be able to help us . Our trip in Japan is from 29 Mar to 17 Apr (20 days). We plan to purchase 14 Days JR Pass starting from 4th Apr to 17 Apr. Would like to know the starting and ending time of the Pass period to be considered to entitle for the mid-night express. That is, if we activate our Pass on 4th April, can we use it for the mid-night express train on past-13 April mid-night 00.34 am , which technically considered as 4th April to travel on the mid-night express train?
    We would also like to seek for your knowledge and suggestion on which type of Pass to purchase from 30 Mar to 3 Apr (5 days) by looking at our itinerary, and if possible, if we could seek your kind expertise to allocate the places of interest to the Days, in order to have a smooth flow of the journey.
    Places which are of interest to us but not fix to the 6 days in Osaka (included Day 19): Namba Area, Dontobori, Shinsaibashi, Kuromon Market, SPA World Onsen, Miyajima, Himeji, Osaka Castle, Tsuruhashi Koreatown, Tenma, Uji > Demachiyanagi >Eizan Electric Railway to Kurama Station for a day trip Onsen, Fushimi-Inari, Kiyomizu-dera, Gion, Nishiki Market, Arashiyama, “Sagano Torokko Ressha” and Hozugawa River Cruises (保津川下り, Hozugawa Kudari) sightseeing boat rides, Bamboo Groves, Kinosaki Onsen and Amanohashidate .
    Our itinerary as follows:
    29 Mar Day 1 Arrive around 5pm to Kansai Int’l Airport – We plan to purchase an ICOCA and Haruka Discount Ticket to travel from Airport to Shin-Osaka.
    30 Mar Day 2
    31 Mar Day 3
    01 Apr Day 4
    02 Apr Day 5
    03 Apr Day 6 As the timing is 00.34am mid-night express train from Osaka to Tokyo (Would like to confirm if we are entitled to take this train? Our JR Pass activation date is 4 Apr.
    04 Apr Day 7 Reach Tokyo 7.08am
    05 Apr Day 8 Tokyo
    06 Apr Day 9 Tokyo
    07 Apr Day 10 Tokyo
    08 Apr Day 11 Tokyo
    09 Apr Day 12 Booked Odakyu 3 days 2 nights package to Hakone
    10 Apr Day 13 Hokone
    11 Apr Day 14 Back from Hakone to Tokyo. Take mid-night express train to Okayama.
    12 Apr Day 15 From Okayama take Shinkansen to Hakata > Yufuin
    13 Apr Day 16 From Yufuin to Hakata (late train)
    14 Apr Day 17 Tour Fukuoka
    15 Apr Day 18 Take Shinkansen from Hakata to Osaka. Reached Osaka at night
    16 Apr Day 19 Free day to fit in balance itinerary as mentioned
    17 Apr Day 20 Afternoon take train to Airport for home.

    Thanks and regards
    Sugi

    1. Hi Sugi,

      If you take a train at 00:34 on Apr 4, you can start using JR pass on Apr 4. The pass is valid from midnight to midnight. So you will take a tran at 00:34 on Apr 4 and arrive in Tokyo at 7:08 on Apr 4. It works.

      You should put Miyajima between Hakata and Osaka or between Okayama and Hakata. Miyajima is located between these places. YOu can do it as day trip from Osaka but it’s not efficient way to spend your time.

      It’s very tight to visit Kinosaki and Amanohashidate in one day. It’s not impossible but I recommend you to stay in Kinosaki Onsen. It’s worth staying but if you do so, your days in Osaka and Kyoto will be very tight. So it’s hard to choose.

      I recommend you to use Kansai Wide area pass for the first 5 days. This is most affordable deal to cover Kinosaki, Amanohashidate and other areas in Kyoto and Osaka. You don’t need ICOCA and Haruka. You can take Haruka by Kansai wide area pass. And add other local deal for day 6. You can stick in Osaka and find the deal in the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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