Recommended way to get from Sapporo to Otaru

Otaru is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hokkaido. Otaru is famous not only for its gourmet food, but also for the many historical buildings that remain in the townscape, which is full of emotion.

What means of transportation do you use to get to Otaru from Sapporo?

How to get from Sapporo to Otaru

Here is how to get to Otaru from Sapporo.

Train (JR)
Bus
Cab

Each has its own merits and demerits, so please choose the method that suits you best.

However, from an overall point of view, I recommend the train as the best way.

How to get from Sapporo to Otaru by train (JR)

If you wish to travel from Sapporo Station to Otaru Station by JR, the Hakodate Main Line “Rapid Airport” or the sectional rapid “Ishikari Liner” are available.

If you take these trains, the rapid Airport will take you to Otaru Station in 32 minutes.

There are more trains between Sapporo and Otaru than other Hokkaido areas, so it is more convenient than you think.

There is no one-hour or two-hour wait, so don’t worry lol.

The name of the train is “Rapid Airport,” which sounds like it will cost you a special fare, but you can get on the train without paying the regular fare.

Train Fare

The fare is 640 yen one way. IC cards such as Suica can be used.

How to get from Sapporo to Otaru by bus

To travel from Sapporo Station to Otaru Station by bus, you will need to take an express bus.

Express buses are operated by Hokkaido Chuo Bus and JR Hokkaido Bus, and depart from and arrive at Sapporo Station Terminal.

The fare is 610 yen, which is cheaper than the train, but not recommended since it takes 65 minutes.

Express bus tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in the terminal or booked online in advance.

Hokkaido Chuo Bus Homepage

How to get from Sapporo to Otaru by cab

Cabs are easy to use, as all you have to do is basically tell the driver where you are going.

You can catch a taxi without worrying about the time, so you don’t have to worry about departure times or operation status like you do with trains.

Cabs are also a great way to stop off somewhere along the way.

Such a cab ride from Sapporo to Otaru takes about 65 minutes.

The fare is approximately 11,000 yen. In addition to this, an expressway fare between Sapporo and Otaru costs about 800 yen.


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