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Nankai 50000 series rapi:t train
Service type Airport rail link
(Limited express)
Status Operating
Locale Osaka Prefecture, Japan
First service 4 April 1994
Current operator(s) Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Start Namba
Stops 4 (α services for Airport)
6 (β services)
End Kansai Airport
Line used Nankai Main Line, Airport Line
Rolling stock 50000 series EMUs
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed 110 km/h (70 mph)
A Rapi:t train repainted in a red Gundam Neo Zeon livery to mark the 20th anniversary

Rapi:t (ラピート rapiito?) is a rapid train service between Kansai International Airport and Namba Station in Osaka, Japan. It is operated by Nankai Electric Railway, and the train service uses on the Nankai Main Line and the Airport Line. The name comes from the German word meaning rapid, pronounced [ʁaˈpiːt].

The futuristic and retro-style six-car Rapi:t trainsets, officially designated as the Nankai 50000 series, were designed by architect Wakabayashi Hiroyuki and won the Blue Ribbon Prize in 1995, 1 year after entering service.

Station stops[edit]

There are two classes of Rapi:t service. Rapi:t β takes 34 minutes from Namba to Kansai Airport, stopping at Shin-Imamiya, Tengachaya, Sakai, Kishiwada, Izumisano, and Rinkū Town. Rapi:t α takes 29 minutes, stopping at Shin-Imamiya, Tengachaya, Izumisano, and Rinku Town.

β trains operate every day, with a β train per hour from 07:00 until 10:00 and two β trains per hour from 10:00 until the last train on weekdays. There are only three α trains in the morning on weekdays (departing Namba for Kansai Airport at 07:00, 08:00, and 09:00). On Saturdays and holidays, there are only 2 β trains per hour. All seats are reserved.

See also[edit]

  • Haruka, limited-express service operated by JR West to Kansai Airport

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