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A Nankai 50000 series Rapi:t train in October 2017
Service typeAirport rail link
(Limited express)
LocaleOsaka Prefecture, Japan
First service4 April 1994
Current operator(s)Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Stops4 (α services for Airport)
6 (β services)
EndKansai Airport
Line(s) usedNankai Main Line, Airport Line
Rolling stock50000 series EMUs
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed110 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, stylized as rapiːt) is a limited express train service between Kansai International Airport and Namba Station in Osaka, Japan. It is operated by Nankai Electric Railway, and the train service uses 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, one year after entering service.[citation needed]

Station stops[edit]

There are two classes of Rapi:t service. Rapi:t β (beta) takes 37 minutes from Namba to Kansai Airport, stopping at Shin-Imamiya, Tengachaya, Sakai, Kishiwada, Izumisano, and Rinkū Town. Rapi:t α (alpha) takes 34 minutes, stopping at Shin-Imamiya, Tengachaya, Izumisano, and Rinku Town. All seats are reserved.

4 α trains depart Namba for Kansai Airport on weekday mornings (6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00), and 6 depart Kansai Airport for Namba from 20:00 (2 per hour). β trains depart Namba for Kansai Airport every day, 1 per hour from 7:00 until 10:00 and 2 per hour from 10:00, and 1 or 2 depart Kansai Airport for Namba by 20:00.

See also[edit]

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

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