Hakodate > Access
Especially for those who intend to travel within Hokkaidō, for reaching Hakodate, starting from Sapporo is almost essential.
The information about prices and ride durations might vary in time.
There are two airports in Sapporo: Shin-Chitose and Okadama. The first one is linked to Honshū by many direct flights to the major cities, while the second one is the hub for Hokkaido Air System (HAK). From both the airport is possible to reach Hakodate with ANA or HAK in about 45 minutes.
You can reach Hakodate city by bus at the price of 1.200 yen from Hakodate Airport.
Consult this page for timetables: >http://tinyurl.com/mdc5nls
The limited express trains “Hokuto” and “Super Hokuto” run between Hakodate and Sapporo. The fare for a ride (3 hours and 30 minutes) is about 9.000 yen. You can feel Hokkaidō’s wide nature spaces from the window. If you have time we advise you to travel by train. Especially, the landscapes around Ōnumakōen Station are breathtaking.
If you want to explore Hokkaidō by train, the “Hokkaidō Free Pass” may be convenient. In addiction, if you enter Hokkaido from Honshu, you can reach first Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station by the Hayabusa Shinkansen from Tokyo in about 4 hours, and then change at this station with the Hakodate Liner. These trains can be very expensive, but are covered if you have got a Japan Rail Pass.
In Sapporo there’s a bus leaving for Hakodate almost every hour: the companies offering such services are >Hokkaidō >Chūō Bus, Tōnan Bus and Hokkaidō Transports. The fare is about 4.500 yen and the rides take something like 5 hours. There’s also a night-bus service.
Talking about >Hokkaidō, car journeys come to mind: its long and wide roads remind of American spaces! On a car trip to Hokkaidō, you have to stop in Hakodate. If you travel on the Hokkaido central highway, you can reach it in 4 hours from Sapporo. The toll fare is approximately 6.500 yen.