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kansai airport to universal station

Kansai Airport to Universal Station

Hi there

Thanks for your usual help. I will be travelling with small kids. The plan is to get to hotel earliest possible before we freshen up for dinner. But of course, budget is a concern.

To get from Kansai Airport to Universal Port Hotel, I am considering the following options but am confused and hope you will advise the best step:

  1. ETA at KIX is 1525. I plan to convert the JR pass tickets at airport before going to hotel. Would I have enough time to catch the 1610 bus ( If not the next bus is 1910 and this might be too much time at KIX.

  2. If I take the train, it appears appropriate train is 1640:

Hopefully this is enough time.
Above link shows transfer 2 times. But it appears that I have to do only one transfer at Nishikujo station. Please advise.

If you have better suggestions, please advise.

Much obliged.


Hi there!

I think that 45mins to clear immigration and exchange your rail passes may well be difficult. You should assume at least 1 hour here I think.

Here are some trains with only 1 transfer at NISHIKUJO that leave at 16:30 and 16:48 that you should be able to use. These will probably be the most conveninent routes to Universal City, but do take slightly longer than trains with more transfers (Personally I always prefer less transfers!). Note that the next trains with only 1 transfer are at 17:10 and 17:33, so if you don't make the 16:30 or 16:48 you shouldn't have to wait too long for the next trains.

Hope this helps!

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