Access/Transportation in Hokkaido[transportation to other cities in Hokkaido]

Transportation in Hokkaido[transportation to other cities in Hokkaido]

Transportation in Hokkaido[transportation to other cities in Hokkaido]


By Railway / By bus / By Plane / By Rental Car


By Railway

JR is a convenient way to get from Sapporo to various locations in Hokkaido. Major cities in Hokkaido are connected by limited express lines, express lines, and other trains. You can also purchase discount tickets such as the various types of round-trip discounts and unlimited passes. Use these in a way that goes with your travel plan!

To Asahikawa

Kamui / Lilac

Super Kamui is a limited express train connecting Sapporo and Asahikawa in 1 hour and 25 minutes the quickest. Over 20 round trips operate per day.

Time requiredApproximately 1 hour and 25 minutes
ChargesOne way ¥5,010 (fare ¥2,490 + regular car reserved seat ¥2,520)
Half price for children
* Charges may vary by season.

To Hakodate

Super Hokuto / Hokuto

Two limited express trains run between Sapporo and Hakodate.

Time requiredApproximately 3 hours and 30 minutes
ChargesOne way ¥9,030 (fare ¥5,720 + regular car reserved seat ¥3,310)
* Half price for children
* Charges may vary by season.

To Kushiro

Super Ozora

The Super Ozora runs between Sapporo and Kushiro. It is highly popular as it makes a stop at Obihiro, the major city in eastern Hokkaido.

Time requiredApproximately 4 hours and 11 minutes
ChargesOne way ¥9,570 (fare ¥6,260 + regular car reserved seat ¥3,310)
* Half price for children
* Charges may vary by season.

Other major Limited Express trains

To Obihiro, Super Tokachi, approximately 2 hours and 36 minutes
To Abashiri, Okhotsk, approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes
To Wakkanai, Super Soya, approximately 5 hours and 4 minutes

Major discount tickets

Round-Trip Free Seating Ticket (S Ticket)

This discount ticket can be used for non-reserved seats for round-trips on limited express ordinary cars. It is valid for six days.

Hokkaido Round Tour Pass

This ticket allows you to ride freely on all JR Hokkaido lines and the JR Hokkaido Bus. You can enjoy unlimited rides on non-reserved seats in limited express or express train ordinary cars, or use it for reserved seats in ordinary cars up to six times. It is valid for seven days.

There are also various other types of discount tickets available.JR Hokkaido / JR Hokkaido discount tickets

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By bus

Long-distance inter-city bus is also convenient when heading from Sapporo to the various parts of Hokkaido. Many long-distance buses link Sapporo with major cities. The appeal of bus travel lies in the cheap fares compared to other methods of transportation and the ability to arrive in your destination without having to transit.

To Asahikawa

Asahikawa Highway Bus
Time requiredApproximately 2 hours and 5 minutes
ChargesOne way ¥2,060
Half price for children
Boarding locationBoarding location
InquiriesChuo Bus Sapporo Terminal: 011-231-0500
Chuo Bus Asahikawa Terminal: 0166-25-3000

To Hakodate

Hakodate Highway Bus
Time requiredApproximately 4 hours and 45 minutes
ChargesOne way ¥4,810
Half price for children
* Booking in advance is required
Boarding locationBus terminal in front of Sapporo Station
InquiriesChuo Bus Reservation Center: 011-231-0600
Chuo Bus Oyachi Information Center: 011-891-6388
“Hassha All Right Net” online booking

To Wakkanai

Limited Express Hamanasu
Time requiredApproximately 6 hours
ChargesOne way ¥6,200
Half price for children
* Booking in advance is required.
Boarding locationOdori Bus Center
InquiriesSapporo booking information: 011-241-0241
Bus NAVI Hokkaido

To Obihiro

“Potato Liner”
Time requiredApproximately 3 hours and 30 minutes (direct)
ChargesOne way ¥3,770 (Sapporo–Obihiro)
Half price for children
* Booking in advance is required.
Boarding locationChuo Bus Sapporo Terminal
InquiriesChuo Bus Reservation Center: 011-231-0600
Chuo Bus Oyachi Information Center: 011-891-6388
“Hassha All Right Net” online booking

To Kushiro

“Starlight Kushiro”
Time requiredApproximately 6 hours and 15 minutes (direct)
ChargesOne way ¥5,770 (Sapporo–Kushiro)
Half price for children
* Booking in advance is required.
Boarding locationChuo Bus Sapporo Terminal
InquiriesChuo Bus Reservation Center: 011-231-0600
Chuo Bus Oyachi Information Center: 011-891-6388
“Hassha All Right Net” online booking

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By Plane

People who wish to arrive at their destination more quickly can choose to travel by plane. Sapporo Okadama Airport is located approximately 6 kilometers (roughly 20 minutes by car) from central Sapporo. Hokkaido Air System (HAC) operates routes from there to Hakodate, Kushiro, and Rishiri.

Time required from Sapporo Okadama AirportHakodate Airport, approximately 40 minutes
Kushiro Airport, approximately 45 minutes
Rishiri Airport, approximately 60 minutes

Sapporo Okadama Airport / Hokkaido Air System (HAC)

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By Rental Car

Renting a car is recommended if you want to drive your own car and freely visit the tourist attractions. You can travel throughout Hokkaido in an efficient way by using the expressway. There are many car rental company offices near Sapporo and Odori Stations.

Rental car offices near Sapporo and Odori Stations

Tabi Rent-a-Car

Expressway

Sapporo City is connected with Otaru by the Sasson Expressway, with Asahikawa and Hakodate by the Hokkaido Expressway, and Obihiro by the Doto Expressway.

Time required to major citiesTo Otaru, approximately 45 minutes
To Asahikawa, approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes
To Obihiro, approximately 3 hours
to Hakodate, approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes

* When using the expressway in the summer. Times may vary according to weather and traffic circumstances.East Nippon Expressway / Northern Road Navi—Genearl Road Information in Hokkaido