Catching The Bus to Niseko


This is the recommended method of getting to Niseko from the airport. The bus leaves directly from the airport and drops you in the middle of Niseko Grand Hirafu village (Welcome Centre) where you can call us to come and pick you up. Please note buses must be pre-booked to ensure a spot on the bus.

It is imperative you let us know how and what time you are arriving to Niseko. This is so we can schedule a pickup from the Welcome Centre.

On your arrival to the Welcome Centre please call Snowgum Lodge (+0136 212 555) or Ramat Lodge (+0136 215 088). No one will be waiting on your arrival so please call to arrange a pickup.

General Bus Info

The bus check-in counters are just 20 metres away from the JAL arrivals area and have English speaking staff. For a return trip it costs around ¥9,000 ($110 AUD) and ¥4,500 ($55 AUD) for a one-way trip.

The trip is around 2.5 hours with a refreshments and toilet break along the way. The busses are large coaches and easily fit all of your ski gear whilst being very comfortable.

Please note that when booking flights to New Chitose Airport, be aware that the last bus transfer leaves the airport at about 6.15pm, therefore please make sure your flight arrives no later than 5.30pm (domestic) or 4.45pm (International) so you have ample time to collect your baggage and go to the bus station. Also on your departure the earliest bus arrives at New Chitose airport at 10.40am so please book flights that depart after 11.40am (domestic) or 12:40pm (International). Catching the train may be a better option for any other flight times.

How To Book

You can either book your bus transfers through us or book diretly through the bus companies. See more details below.

Booking Directly through Ramat Niseko

  • Must be booked 3 weeks in advance.
  • Send us an email to requesting we add transfers to your booking.
  • Send through your flight details (flight #, date, time)
  • We will then book the transfers on your behalf


Book Through Bus Companies Directly

  • Book through one of the below bus companies and send us your bus details
  • Important notes:
    • Must be booked 3 days in advance at least. Buses fill up quickly in Niseko so you need to get in early. We recommend booking your bus at least 2 weeks in advance.
    • The drop off spot in Niseko is the “Hirafu Welcome Centre
  • Bus Company links to book online


How To Catch The Bus

Catching the bus to the lodge from New Chitose airport is easy. Just follow the below guides and you’ll be sitting by the fire in the lodge in no time.


Catching The Bus at New Chitose Airport

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1 – Collect luggage and go to ‘Bus Tour Desks’




2 – Give name to counter staff and double check destination is Hirafu Welcome Centre
3 – Follow staff directions and catch bus to Hirafu Welcome Centre

Arriving at Niseko (Hirafu Welcome Centre)

1 – Arrive at Welcome Center





2 – Call lodge via payphone outside Hirafu Welcome Centre

Ramat Lodge – 215 088

Snowgum Lodge – 212 555

The payphone requires a ¥100 coin to make calls


Payphone at Welcome Centre



3 – Keep an eye out for the Ramat Niseko van and staff