The Best Ways to Get to Niseko

It has never been easier to access the powder capital of the world.

From express private transfers to get you onto the slopes in no time to budget friendly public transport options there is a perfect method of travel for any group and budget.  

Private Transfers

Sky Express Winter Lr 10

SkyExpress offers premium, door-to-door private transfers between New Chitose Airport, Niseko and Sapporo during the winter season. This is the perfect option for those looking for comfort and privacy on the way to their warm, snowy chalet. Your driver will meet you upon arrival in New Chitose Airport and whisk you away to your accommodation. At 2-2.5 hours from the airport to Hirafu this is the fastest method of travel you'll find. With room for your luggage as well as ski or snowboard equipment this is the ultimate no hassle option for getting to Niseko.

Sapporo/New Chitose Airport to Niseko - Private Transfer One Way

1 - 3 people (MAX3)From ¥32,300
4 - 8 people (MAX8)From ¥39,100
9 - 15 people, or 7+ with ski equipment (MAX15)From ¥56,100

Public Shuttle

Public Bus

If you are looking for a convenient and budget friendly option to take you from the airport to Niseko then the public shuttle should be at the top of your list. The public shuttle offers great value for money if you are travelling solo or in a small group. The two main operators are Good Sports and Hokkaido Resort Liner. Each operate an hourly service from the airport beginning early December and ending late March. The trip will take between 2.5-3 hours with a rest break to pick up snacks and use the rest room.

New Chitose Airport to Niseko - Per Person One Way

Good Sports*¥4,000¥2,000
Hokkaido Resort Liner¥4,100¥3,100
*check online for further discounts


Sapporo Rail 1

You can also reach the Niseko area using the train. Japan Railways offers a Rapid Airport service from New Chitose Airport to Otaru Station where you will need to change trains for the remaining leg to Kutchan Station. Make sure to get off at Kutchan Station as Niseko Station and Hirafu Station are further away and generally not serviced by taxis and buses. Most accommodation providers will pick you up from Kutchan Station upon arrival or alternatively you can take a taxi from the station to Niseko (approximately 10 minutes and 1,500 yen to Niseko-Hirafu). A one way trip will cost around ¥3,000 (cheaper without a reserved seat) and a ticket can be purchased at the train station.

We recommend planning out your train trip using this great tool!

New Chitose Airport to Niseko

RouteJourney Time (approximate)
New Chitose Airport → Otaru Station1 hr 15 min
Otaru Station → JR Kutchan Station1 hr 30 min
New Chitose Airport → JR Kutchan Station3 hrs


For a glimpse of what is in store for your upcoming winter holiday check out the new 2019/20 Niseko Grand Hirafu winter promo!