The easiest and fastest option when traveling between Kansai International Airport and Kyoto is the train. The Limited Express Haruka operated by JR West is the only rail service between Kyoto Station and Kansai International Airport. It covers the distance in about 75 minutes stopping at Osaka City’s Shin-Osaka Station and Tennoji Station on the way. It does not stop at Osaka Station. At Kyoto Station the Haruka departs mainly from platform 30, though some early trains depart from platforms 6 and 7. At Kansai Airport Station the Haruka departs from platform 4.
The Limited Express Haruka runs about 30 round trips between Kyoto Station and Kansai Airport Station every day. The earliest Haruka service from Kyoto Station is at 5.46 am getting into Kansai Airport Station at 7.11. The latest Haruka service from Kyoto Station is at 20.15 getting into Kansai Airport at 21.43. The earliest Haruka service from Kansai Airport is at 6.30 am (6.40 on weekends and holidays) and the latest is at 22.16. You can use the JR West Timetable and Fare Finder to find a train time that suits your schedule.
This train is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. If you do not have a Japan Rail Pass you might consider getting the “ICOCA & HARUKA” discount set of an “ICOCA” prepaid rail card with a reduced-fare ticket for the Limited Express Haruka. The ICOCA card can be used on a lot of the railways and buses in the Kansai area. You can find out more about it at the official JR West website. The normal fare for the journey between Kyoto Station and Kansai Airport Station is 2,850 yen.
** There are various ways to get to and from the airport. If you are traveling from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto, then your first stop may be the Travel Desk of Kansai Tourist Information Center.