Two airports serve the city of Sapporo in Japan, the New Chitose Airport (CTS) and Okadama Airport (OKD). New Chitose Airport is the main international airport serving Sapporo metropolitan area. The airport is the biggest by land size in the whole of Hokkaidō. Okadama Airport, on the other hand, is the secondary airport serving Sapporo metropolis, it handles scheduled domestic flights limited to other cities in Hokkaidō. The airport is also used by corporate operators, the Japan Self-Defense Forcesand for general aviationpurposes. We summarize the airports with the information you need to make your next trip hassle-free.
New Chitose Airport (CTS)
Okadama Airport (OKD)
Getting To The Airports From The City Centre
|Distance from City Centre||30 miles (48.3 kilometres)||5.5 miles (8.9 kilometres)|
|Public Transport Operating Hours||24-hours.||24-hours.|
Japan Railways (JR)
Fares: $6 - $10
Journey time: 37 minutes
Hokuto Koutsu and Chuou Buses connect travellers to the Sapporo Subway Toho line which runs every 15 minutes to Sapporo.
Journey time: 12 minutes
Skybus runs door-to-door services to your hotel or homes.
Hokuto Kotsu to Subway Toho Line Sakaemachi Station.
Chuo Bus to Subway Toho Line Sakaemachi Station, Subway Namboku Line Asabu Station, and Chuou Bus Terminal.
Around $130 - $160,
Around $29 - $35,
Which Airport Is Most Suitable For Me?
|How Close to City Centre||
New Chitose Airport (CTS) is the closest airport to the city centre in Sapporo, Japan at 5.0 km. It takes around 60-79 minutes due to traffic conditions on the roads and 37 minutes by train.
CTS is the primary airport in Sapporo and it handles international flights in Sapporo metropolitan area. It is the largest airport by land area in Hokkaidō.
The airport is connected to the city centre where all the top attractions are and other parts of Japan by train, buses, shuttles, taxis, and car hire services.
Okadama Airport is the secondary airport serving Sapporo and flights to other parts of Hokkaido. It is located 7.4 km to the city centre. It is barely far from Sapporo city centre by 2.4 km compared to CTS.
OKD does not have a direct rail line to the city centre but route buses connect travellers to the nearest subway stations that travel to Sapporo city centre.
The airport is used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, corporate operators and for general aviation purposes.
CTS Airport is the main airport in Sapporo, and it handles international transportation. over 20.4 million passengers travel through this airport yearly.
The cost of public transportation and taxi from this airport is more expensive than OKD. Car hire, on the other hand, is lower compared to Okadama Airport while hotels are relatively expensive for both CTS and OKD.
It is closer to the city centre and has a direct rail line connecting it to Sapporo.
Overall, this airport is a better choice to use if you get a really good flight deal and want to avoid hopping on and off public transportation. Its domestic flights are cheaper than that of OKD airport.
Okadama Airport is a secondary airport to CTS, and over 175,846 passengers use this airport for domestic travels.
Hokkaido Air System and Fuji Dream Airlines run scheduled flights from this airport to other parts of Hokkaido. The airport is also used for general aviation purposes, corporate operators and by the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
At 7.4 km to the city centre. The airport is not too far from the top attractions in Sapporo and it takes about 10-35 minutes to get there.
Avg Security & Immigration Delays: High
Avg Flight Arrival Delays: 35 minutes.
Avg Security & Immigration Delays: High
Avg Flight Arrival Delays: 30 minutes
|Flight Fares||This is the primary airport in Sapporo, and its domestic flight fares are cheaper by 40% compared to Okadama Airport.||Okadama Airport flight fares are higher than at CTS by over 50%.|
Hotel Prices Per Day From (01-12-2018 to 02-12-2018) Searched on 23-11-2018
Air Terminal Hotel(3-Stars) -$177
Hotel Grand Terrace Chitose(3-star) -$88
Queen's Hotel Chitose (3-Stars) - $102.
APA Hotel TKP Sapporo Ekikita EXCELLENT (3-Stars)- $142
Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Sapporo-Eki Kita-guchi(2.5-Stars) - $68
GLOWL-N4E2Ⅱ(3-Star) - $194.
Car Hire Prices Per Week (01-12-2018 to 07-12-2018)
|Car Hire||$251.38 - $1,225.66||$270.12 - $1,384.81|
|Car Hire Companies||
Avis, Budget, Europcar, JR Hokkaido Rent a Car, Nippon, Nissan, Orix, Times, and Toyota RentA Car.
Orix, Joy Car, Ones Rent A Car, Orix, and Toyota Rent A Car.
|Online car hire|
|Shopping and Dining||The New Chitose Airport has a lot of shopping and dining for travellers to easily shop or relax such as Comprehensive souvenir shop, Sweets shop, Seafood / Meat / Dairy, Boxed Meals / Take-Out, Craft, sundry goods, toy, clothing shop, Convenience store/bookshop, Travel Items / Medicines / Cosmetics, Western food, Chinese food, Korean food, Noodle, Cafe / Fast Food / Bar / Pub, Fresh Seafood / Japanese Cuisine, and Duty-Free stores.||Sapporo Imamukashi Tankenhiroba, Sky Shop Okadama, and Okadama Kitchen.|
|Lounges||ANA Lounge, Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge, Super Lounge, and Royal Lounge.||N/A|
|Wi-Fi Services||Free Wi-Fi Unlimited WiFi available and accessible upon email submission. Users without laptops can pay to use the computers in 3F and 4F Domestic Terminal from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Rate: $1/10 minutes.||N/A|
|Transfer in and Around The Airport||CTS airport has one main terminal with different levels, B1F, IF, 2F 3F and 4F. It is easy to navigate the airport on foot.||Okadama is a single terminal airport with 3 levels, 1F-Lobby/Arrival/ Airline Counter, 2F-Departure Lobby/Area & Restaurants and 3F-observation deck and visitor's hall.|
|Currency Exchange & ATM cash Points||Bank service and various ATMs are available at the airport like the North Pacific Bank, Hokkaido Bank, Hokkaido Labour Bank, Seven Bank, AEON Bank, Japan Post, Lawson Bank.||N/A|
|Important phone numbers||CTS Airport: +81(0)123-23-0111; Police: +81(0)123-45-7191; Lost & Found: 0123-45-5112.||OKD Airport:011-785-7871.|
|Major Operating Airlines||
Aeroflot operated by Aurora, AirAsia Japan, AirAsia X, Air Busan, Air China, Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Asia Atlantic Airlines, All Nippon Airways operated by ANA Wings, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Eastar Jet, EVA Air, Fuji Dream Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Japan Airlines operated by J-Air, Jeju Air, Jetstar Japan, Jin Air, Juneyao Airlines, Korean Air, Malindo Air, Peach, Philippine Airlines, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Skymark Airlines, Spring Airlines, Spring Airlines Japan, T'way Airlines, Thai AirAsia X, Thai Airways, Tianjin Airlines, Ural Airlines, and Vanilla Air.
|Hokkaido Air System and Fuji Dream Airlines.|
|Major Connecting Destinations||
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Hiroshima, Kobe, Nagoya-Centrair, Okayama, Sendai, Tokyo–Haneda,Beijing–Capital, Busan, Daegu, Akita, Aomori, Fukuoka, Niigata,Osaka–Itami, saka–Kansai, Shizuoka, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Hakodate, Kushiro, Memanbetsu, Nakashibetsu, Okushiri, Wakkanai, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Seoul–Incheon, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Shanghai–Pudong, Kaohsiung, Taipei–Taoyuan, Honolulu, Hangzhou, Yamagata, Hiroshima, Manila, Kuala Lumpur–International, Singapore, Vladivostok, Bangkok–Don Mueang and many more.
|Hakodate, Kushiro, Rishiri, Misawa, and Shizuoka.|
|Tourist Info Centres||There is a tourist information centre in the Arrival Lobby, 2F.||Sapporo Tourist Association, Sapporo blessed by snow, and Sapporo Kankou Navi is all available at the airport for any tour advice to tourists.|
Two airports serve Sapporo metropolitan area in Japana; New Chitose Airport (CTS) and Okadama Airport (OKD). Okadama Airport is the second and closest airport serving Sapporo metropolis, most low-budget airlines operate from this airport with short haul flights within Hokkaidō. It takes about 12 minutes using the fast Hokuto Koutsu and Chuou Buses connecting passengers to Sapporo Subway Toho line. New Chitose is the primary airport serving Sapporo and the furthest to central Sapporo at 30 miles. But it enjoys good and fast public transport that will get you into the city in just 37 minutes by train.
Compare airport distances and transfer times to the center of Sapporo by public transport below.
Distance to Central Sapporo:
Okadama Airport: 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
New Chitose Airport:30 miles / 48.3 km
Okadama Airport to Central Sapporo Journey Times:
By Subway (Airport Shuttle + Toho line): 12 minutes
By Bus: 5-35 minutes
By Taxi: 10 minutes
New Chitose Airport to Central Sapporo Journey Times:
By Train (Japan Railways): 37 minutes
By Shuttle: 60-70 minutes
By Bus: 66 minutes
By Taxi: 37 minutes
Okadama airport is the best airport to fly into when travelling to Sapporo, it could be for a business trip or for pleasure, but you will definitely prefer to fly into this airport because of its closeness to the city centre. that's for business or pleasure, as a solo traveller or with family. From the airport, in 3-15 minutes, you can be in the Sapporo Community Dome (Tsudome), Sapporo Satoland, Moerenuma Park (designed by Isamu Noguchi), and many more attractions closer to the airport and within the city centre. Okadama's good public transport links connects the city with the airport which makes transfer from the airport easy and shorter by bus, train and taxis. Although, this airport can be inconveniencing for people with heavy luggage due to bus-to-subway transfers, you can opt for a taxi to go straight into the city centre from the airport.This airport is smaller and faster than CTS meaning you will experience less queues, crowds and flight delays with limited flight destinations and airlines serving the airport. Okadam airport is served by Hokkaido Air System and Fuji Dream Airlines with limited flights within Hokkaidō.
CTS (New Chitose airport) is the primary airport in Sapporo, it is the biggest airport by land size in the whole of Hokkaidō and is serves top airlines such as AirAsia Japan, AirAsia X, Air Busan, Air China, Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Asia Atlantic Airlines, ANA Wings, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Eastar Jet, and many more with short haul and long haul flights all around Asia and some major cities in the world. CTS is further away from the city center, this makes transfer journey times to Sapporo longer, but its efficient public transport services offers comfortable transfers to Sapporo either by train, or bus. You can conveniently reach central Sapporo where you will see top attractions such as Nijo Marketand many more. This is a bigger airport with more terminal levels than OKD, so moving around this airport can be tiring for travellers with a lot of luggage and or travelling with children. Also, flights delays, more queues and crowds would be experienced at the airport.
In terms of shorter travel journey times to the city centre from both airports, Okadama airport is better due to the fact it is closer to the central Sapporo than CTS which is further away. Okadama is also has a smaller airport terminal with 3 levels as against CTS's single terminal with 4 levels which can be exhausting for passengers with plenty of luggage to navigate. It a low cost airport with fewer airlines and destinations but it is faster with less crowds, queues and flight delays.
Okadam airport is the closest to all the major attractions in Sapporo, Japan. It islocated just5.5 miles (8.9km) to central Sapporo by road and 4.3 miles (6.9km) to the Sapporo Glass Pyramid from the airport just 8 minutes drive away at $24-$29.
Alternatively, if you wish to see more attractions within the city centre such as the Sapporo Beer Museum, Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill, Curb Market (Jogai Ichiba), Shiroi Koibito Park, Sapporo Art Park, Historic Village of Hokkaido, Susukino, Takino Suzuran Hillside Park, Mt. Moiwa, and many more, the subway is a better option to use as it is cheaper just $2-$4 to central Sapporo for a 12 minutes journey
From Okadama Airport by:
Train: Sapporo Subway (+ Hokuto Koutsu&Chuou Buses) $2-$4 – http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html Trains run every 15 minutes daily.
Taxi: $29 - $35 – http://www.yamatotaxi.co.jp/Available 24/7.
Uber: - Not Available.
From New Chitose Airport by:
Train: JR Airport line $6 - $10– http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html Trains run every 30 minutes daily.
Bus (Chuo Bus): $9-$11–http://www.chuo-bus.co.jp/highway.en/airport/index.cgi?ope=sap_pole&trjc=3138&trjs=29 Buses run every 15 minutes daily.
Taxi: $130 - $160 – Available 24/7 at the airport.
Uber: Not Available
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Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Okadama Airport Hotels: From $68 per night
New Chitose Airport Hotels: From $88 per night
All of the airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.
Okadama Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at $38.58 per day
Intermediate Cars (Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, etc) Prices starting at $197.83 per day
Compare prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/
New Chitose Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at $36.91 per day
Intermediate Cars (Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, etc) Prices starting at $175.09 per day
Compare Prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/
You can use the JR train. New Chitose Airport is connected with frequent departures every hour. It takes 35 minutes and $10 for a one-way fare. Travellers can reserve seats optionally for a small additional fee of $5. You can also enjoy the trains with the Japan Rail Pass and Hokkaido Rail Pass.
There are two airports in central Hokkaido, the New Chitose Airport, and Okadama Airport. New Chitose Airport is the biggest airport in the Hokkaido, and it is the primary airport serving the city while Okadama Airport is the secondary airport serving the town. It is used for general aviation purposes, and by the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
At the airports CTS and OKD, there are many things to do for fun, educational purposes, general aviation knowledge and so on.
Some of the things to do in Sapporo include a visit to the Moerenuma Park (designed by Isamu Noguchi), Sapporo Satoland, Yurigahara Park, Okadama Airport Green Space, Sapporo Beer Museum, Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill, Curb Market (Jogai Ichiba), Shiroi Koibito Park, Sapporo Art Park, Historic Village of Hokkaido, Susukino, Takino Suzuran Hillside Park, Mt. Moiwa, and many more.
Buses charge $11 to Sapporo city centre in Hokkaido. These buses run every 1hour with a journey duration of about 60-70 minutes from the airport to the city centre where all the top attractions are found.