How to travel between Kushiro and Sapporo
Kushiro and Sapporo are connected by direct JR Ozora limited express trains. The one way trip takes around four hours, costs about 9,500 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and Hokkaido Rail Pass. Discounted round trip tickets are available for 18,410 yen.
JAL and ANA operate multiple flights per day between Kushiro and Sapporo (ANA is using Shin-Chitose Airport while JAL uses Okadama Airport). Flight duration is 45 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 22,000 yen, but discount fares are typically available for between 15,000 and 20,000 yen. Kushiro Airport is located a 45 minute bus ride (950 yen one way) outside the city center.
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Kushiro Station and Tancho Kushiro Airport are Kushiro's two major transport hubs. The airport is located 20 kilometers west of the city center. Airport buses connect the airport with Kushiro Station and the Fisherman's Wharf MOO. The one way trip between the airport and Kushiro Station takes 45 minutes and costs 950 yen. Bus connections are timed to flight departures and arrivals.
Local buses provide transportation within the city center and from the city center to more outlying areas. The Kushiro Marshlands are difficult to explore by public transportation, and a rental car is the easiest way get around. Rental car outlets are available at Kushiro Airport and in the city center.