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How to get from New Chitose Airport to Niseko

Known to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Niseko is a Japanese mountain range located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, around 108 km west of Sapporo. This magical town is home to sweeping winter landscapes, mountains that run from coast to coast, a natural paradise for powder skiing and some of the cleanest rivers in Japan.

So when travelling to your winter wonderland, you will be landing at New Chitose airport, and you have two travel options: a taxi or a bus. Taking a taxi or private transfer from Sapporo airport to Niseko is a great way to get around, as they provide 24/7 door-to-door services, getting you to your Niseko hotel or apartment in 2 hours. A more cost-smart way to get to Niseko would be to take the bus, which takes around 3 hours to get from CTA airport to Niseko.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Sapporo at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Taxi €226 120min 24/7
Bus €64 180min 09:30–16:30

How to get from New Chitose airport to Niseko by taxi

Taking a taxi or private transfer from Sapporo Airport to Niseko is a reliable and stress-free way to travel. Taxis provide 24/7 door-to-door services, taking 2 hours to reach your accommodation in the comfort of a private vehicle.

How much is a taxi from Sapporo Airport to Niseko?

Sapporo taxis calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled to your exact destination. A trip from New Chitose airport to Niseko should cost around €226 (JPY32,000).

However, if you prefer travelling at a competitive fixed rate with a local English-speaking driver, you can pre-book your personalised airport transfer with Welcome.


€226 (JPY 32,000)

Trip Duration

2 hours

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at New Chitose International Airport (CTS).

Where do I get a taxi from?

CTS airport taxi ranks can be found outside the domestic and international terminals on the 1st floor.


Taking a cab from Sapporo airport to Niseko is always the most convenient travel option, especially when travelling with children and/or heavy luggage. Taxis are available around the clock and drop you off at the foot of your Niseko accommodation. You can sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday.

Editor’s Note

If you travel at night, a surcharge will be added to your end fare, and all tolls are payable by the customer.

Useful Tips

Most taxi drivers in Sapporo don't speak English, so it is important to have your address written down.
Sapporo is one of the rare cities in Japan where tipping is expected; most travellers leave their taxi driver a 10% tip.
It is good to know that Sapporo airport taxis should accept credit/debit card payments, although it is always best to ask your driver beforehand.

How to get from New Chitose airport to Niseko by bus

The perfect travel alternative from CTA Airport to Niseko for those on a budget is to take the bus. Ten buses leave New Chitose Airport during the winter peak season and take around 3 hours to reach the resorts. Two bus companies operate direct routes from New Chitose airport to Niseko: the White Liner and the Hokkaido Resort Liner.

How much is a bus ticket from Sapporo airport to Niseko?

A one-way bus ticket from New Chitose airport to Niseko costs €32 (JPY 4,500). You can purchase tickets by calling the company directly or through their websites.


€32 (JPY 4,500)

Trip Duration

3 hours

Ten buses leave CTS airport daily, at a frequency of 1 to 2 hours.

Value for Money

The first bus departure is at 09:30 and the last departure is at 16:30.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find the White Liner bus stop at New Chitose airport’s Domestic Terminal. The Resort Liner stop can be found at both CTS terminals.


Taking the bus from Sapporo airport to Niseko is a great alternative for travellers on a budget. The buses are comfortable, provide ample luggage space and are direct, taking 3 hours to reach Niseko. Regardless, there are only a few buses a day, meaning you will need to take a taxi or wait for the next day if you miss the bus.

Editor’s Note

It is important to check​ in​ at​ the bus​ counter​ before​ boarding. This should be done at least​ 20​ minutes​ before​ your​​ departure​ time.

Useful Tips

Please note that bus operations are subject to cancellations 7 days prior to departure date if there are fewer than 6 people booked on the bus.
Various discounts are available for each bus company; you can find them on the company website or enquire via telephone.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is New Chitose Airport from Niseko?

New Chitose airport is located 108 km away from Niseko. It takes around 2 hours to cover the distance between CTS airport and Niseko if you’re travelling by car or by taxi.

How to get from New Chitose airport to Niseko?

There are two travel options from New Chitose airport to Niseko; you can take a taxi for 2 hours or a direct bus for 3 hours.

A train option is available from Sapporo airport to Niseko however, it’s rather inconvenient; you would first have to take the train from New Chitose Airport to the Sapporo train station, then take the JR Hakodate Main Line to Otaru Station, and change trains to reach Kutchan Station before taking a 20-minute bus ride to Niseko.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Sapporo Airport to Niseko?

Taxis in Sapporo calculate their fares using a taximeter. You can expect to pay around €226 (JPY 32,000) for your 2-hour trip from CTS airport to Niseko. 

Nonetheless, if you prefer travelling at a fixed rate with a friendly local English-speaking driver, you can pre-book a private transfer online.

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