Getting to Niseko

Niseko is two to three hours away from New Chitose Airport (Sapporo – CTS), depending on the mode of transportation – either by car, bus or train.


One of the easiest and most cost effective forms of transportation to Niseko. Bus services depart the airport approximately every 30 minutes. Please organise your tickets prior to boarding.

The buses may make a brief stop at Rusutsu Resort on the way to Niseko – make sure you do not disembark there if travelling through to Niseko.

The last scheduled bus between New Chitose Airport and Niseko leaves at 21:30pm from the Domestic Terminal only.

Chuo Bus
Operation dates: December 9, 2017 – March 25, 2018
Price: Adult ¥2,600, Child ¥1,300
Last bus departs New Chitose Domestic terminal at 15:30

White Liner
Operation dates: December 9, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Price: Adult ¥4,000, Child ¥2,000
Last bus departs New Chitose Domestic terminal at 15:30

Hokkaido Resort Liner
Operation dates: December 1, 2017 – April 6, 2018
Price: Adult – ¥4,000, Child – ¥3,000
Last bus departs New Chitose Domestic terminal at 21:30



Regular train service runs between New Chitose Airport, Sapporo and Kutchan Station (Niseko) .
It will take approx. 3 hours and a transfer is required at Otaru station.
Kutchan is approximately 15 minutes drive from Niseko Grand Hirafu so additional transport will be required to reach the resort once arriving at Kutchan Station. Limited bus services between Kutchan and Hirafu are available (Download Timetable), and a taxi ride will cost between ¥2,500-¥3,000.

Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

With the new Shinkansen service providing access to Hokkaido in less than 4 hours, land travel is now a viable option for reaching Hokkaido. Once arriving at Shin-Hakodate Hakuto Station passengers can transfer to the Hokuto Limited Express Train in order to continue their trip through to Sapporo. In addition, future expansion of the Hokkaido Shinkansen is planned for travel all the way through to Sapporo via Kutchan by 2030.

Travel Tokyo > Hokkaido (Hakodate) from ¥22,690. Approx 4 hour trip.
Transfer to Super Hokuto Line > Sapporo for ¥8,830. Approx 3 hours 25mins.
JR Rail Pass


If you choose to drive from New Chitose Airport to Niseko, you will need to follow Route 276 all the way to Kutchan, and then follow Route 343 into Niseko. The drive can take between 2 ½ -3 hours. During winter car travel is not recommended due to dangerous road conditions.


A comfortable, private and convenient door-to-door method of getting to Niseko. However this option is the most expensive; a private taxi (Mini Van) costs on average from ¥40,000- ¥80,000 each way

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