After our long flight, we were itching to get to our hotel to put away our luggage and get some rest. Kansai Airport to Osaka is relatively easy to reach but which kind of transport you take depends on which part of Osaka you want to go to. From Kansai International airport, you can go into the city with car, buses, taxi, ferry or train. Kansai airport is also the closest airport to Kyoto. It can easily be accessed by train. When I was researching information for our trip, I found that it depends which train companies you will use the most to get the most value. JR trains were the best option for us for what we wanted to do. We were also staying near Shin-Osaka so the fastest and most convenient for us was the JR Haruka Limited Express. It’s also great value if you go to Kyoto.
DIFFERENT TRANSPORTS FROM KANSAI AIRPORT TO OSAKA
BY BUS. The airport limousine bus is located on the first floor of the airport. The Kansai Airport Transportation or KATE goes to Osaka Station, Shinsaibashi, or Universal Studios and you can check the fares and schedule here. Fare is 1,550 yen. The Osaka Airport Transport also has a bus that services the route and stops at Osaka Station, Itami, and Ibaraki. You can also check the schedule here. It takes about 50 minutes or more depending where you needed to go in Osaka. The cost is also 1,550 yen.
BY TAXI. This is the most expensive out of all the options. I checked the fare from Kansai International airport to Umeda and it costs about 16,000 to 20,000 yen. If you are in a hurry, this is also the fastest. It takes about 38 minutes. Also the most convenient as it gets you to your door. We hardly saw any heavy traffic in Japan so this is a good option if you don’t mind paying so much.
BY TRAIN. This is the most popular way to get into the city. Trains can be accessed on the second floor. From arrival, you have to go one floor up and use the foot bridges to get to the stations. There are two train companies that goes directly from the airport to the city. The JR company and the Nankai Railways. We went with JR and got a 3 day Kansai area pass. This includes the Express Haruka and Shin-Osaka station is the second stop. It was convenient for us not to buy tickets each time we ride the train. The JR rapid train is cheaper than the Haruka but it does not stop at Shin-Osaka. Nankai Railways also has the fast train which goes to Namba Station. So, it really depends where you want to go in Osaka center.
BY FERRY. The highspeed ferry is good for those who are going to Kobe airport or Awaji Island (Sumoto). The single ticket to Kobe is 1,850 yen while the ticket to Awaji Island is 2,800 yen. From the first floor at the airport, there are buses that take you to the Ferry Terminal. You can get more information here.
From Kansai airport to Osaka was very easy. Give yourself an hour and a half to reach Osaka Center. The extra half hour is for going to the station, buying a ticket and waiting for the next departure depending on which transport you take. For us, the train was very convenient going to Shin-Osaka with our big luggages. There was enough space on the train for big luggages. Japanese train stations are also nice and very clean. It was easy to navigate for us and there were always people there to assist passengers. From the station, we just walked to our hotel. It was surprisingly easy to reach and quite big for Japanese standards, you can read about my review here.