281 series EMU on a Haruka service, August 2004
|Service type||Airport rail link
|Locale||Tōkaidō Main Line, Osaka Loop Line, Hanwa Line, Kansai Airport Line|
|First service||4 September 1994|
|Current operator(s)||JR West|
|Service frequency||24 return workings daily|
|Rolling stock||281 series EMUs|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead|
|Operating speed||130 km/h (80 mph)|
The Haruka (はるか Haruka?), is a limited express train service, connecting Maibara via Kyoto Station to Kansai Airport Station in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West).
There are 48 Haruka train services per day, numbered 1 to 48; odd-numbered trains run south (toward the airport) and even-numbered trains run north (away from the airport). They operate every half hour during the daytime and early evening. The typical travel time between Kyoto Station and the airport is 75 minutes for southbound trains and 73 minutes for northbound trains.
The Haruka primarily operates between Kyoto Station and Kansai Airport Station, with stops at Shin-Ōsaka Station and Tennōji Station in Osaka City. Some trains make additional stops (stations in italics in list below).
|Maibara||Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Tōkaidō Main Line, Hokuriku Main Line,
Ohmi Railway Main Line
|Hikone||Ohmi Railway Main Line|
|Ōmi-Hachiman||Ohmi Railway Yōkaichi Line|
|Ishiyama||Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line|
|Yamashina||Kosei Line, Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line, Subway Tōzai Line|
|Kyoto||Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Sanin Main Line, Nara Line
Kintetsu Kyoto Line, Subway Karasuma Line
|Shin-Ōsaka||Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Sanyō Shinkansen,
Subway Midōsuji Line
|Tennōji||Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line),
Subway Midōsuji and Tanimachi Lines,
Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line
|Hineno||Hanwa Line for Wakayama|
|Numbering||KuRo 280||MoHa 281||SaHa 281||SaHa 281||MoHa 281||KuHa 281|
|Facilities||Toilet||Vending machine||Wheelchair space / Toilet||Toilet||Vending machine|
All cars are no-smoking.
|Numbering||KuRo 280||MoHa 281||SaHa 281||SaHa 281||MoHa 281||KuHa 281||KuHa 280||SaHa 281||KuHa 281|
|Facilities||Toilet||Vending machine||Wheelchair space / Toilet||Toilet||Vending machine||Toilet||Toilet||Vending machine|
All cars are no-smoking.
The following fares apply to travel to and from Kansai Airport. For reserved seat fares, a ¥200 surcharge or a ¥200 discount may apply for travels on some designated days. As a limited express service, Haruka travel requires both a fare ticket (乗車券 jōshaken?) and a limited express ticket (特急券 tokkyūken?) – see train tickets in Japan. The ICOCA card can be used as a fare ticket (for passing the ticket gate) for non-reserved travel, with the limited express ticket purchased from the conductor on board the train. Japan Rail Pass holders can ride Haruka services free of charge.
|Station||Green car||Reserved seat||Non-reserved seat|
The Haruka service was inaugurated on 4 September 1994 using 3-car 281 series EMUs.
6-car 281 series sets were introduced from 2 April 1995, and 9-car (6+3-car) formations were introduced from 14 July 1995.
Non-reserved cars were introduced from 1 December 1998.
The smoking areas were abolished from the start of the 18 March 2007 timetable revision.