If you’re coming from Tokyo, Kansai or South Korea, Oita Airport is your best bet for getting to Oita Prefecture’s famous onsen areas of Beppu and Yufuin cheaply and quickly. As is often the case in Japan, the airport has been put in a slightly far-flung part of the prefecture, so you will need to consider your transport options for getting to your final destination.

Oita Airport to Beppu
Photo by Jun-ichi Yoshida used under CC

Airport Transfers

Oita Airport to Beppu
Despite the slightly Soviet exterior, the airport has good facilities. | Photo by Greg Lane

Unless you’re staying at some pretty high class digs, airport transfers will not be offered by your ryokan or hotel – you’ll need to make your own way there, or at least to the main train stations.

Oita Airport to Beppu
Beppu’s hot springs await. | Photo by Yannick Dellafaille used under CC


The airport is well served by buses. If you’re heading to Yufuin or Oita City there is only one route to each. However, if you are heading to Beppu, you can jump on the Beppu bus or you can also hop on to the Oita City bound bus — since it stops in Beppu on the way to Oita City.

If you’re heading to Beppu and staying at a mega resort like Suginoi Hotel, you can catch a shuttle bus from JR Beppu Station, which is the terminus of the Beppu bus, or take a short walk from the Beppu Kitahama bus stop (Oita City bus). If you’re staying somewhere smaller, you’ll need to get a taxi from the bus stop.

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There are 6 “Air Liner” buses that run directly to and from Beppu Station each day. They run at 8:25am, 9:55am, 12:15pm, 1:50pm and 6:35pm. One more bus departs the airport at either 4:35pm or 5pm depending on the day of the week. Additionally, the “Air Liner” for Oita City stops at Beppu Kitahama (a few minutes walk from Beppu Station) up to 28 times per day. Make sure not to catch an “Airport Express” for Oita City as these don’t stop in Beppu. Travel time is approximately 51 minutes.

One way: Adults 1,500yen
Round trip: Adults 2,600yen


Buses for Yufuin run six times per day with a travel time of approximately 55 minutes. The first bus departs at 10:15am, then 12:25pm, 1:50pm, 3:35pm, 4:35pm. The last bus departs at 6:35pm.

One way: Adults 1,500yen, Children 780yen
Round trip: Adults 2,600yen

Oita City

In addition to the “Air Liner” that departs up to 28 times per day (with stops at Beppu Kitahama on the way) there are also “Airport Express” services which run directly to Oita Station without stopping. The travel time for the Air Liner is 1 hour and 5 minutes, while the Airport Express will slice about 12 minutes off the journey.

One way: Adults 1,550yen
Round trip: Adults 2,600yen

Oita Airport to Beppu
Tickets can be purchased from a vending machine. | Photo by Greg Lane

Rental Car

Photo by Greg Lane

The usual rental car suspects (Toyota, Nissan, Nippon Rentacar, Budget and Orix) are available as well as lower cost, foreigner-friendly option Times Rental Car. Rates start at around 6,500yen/day. Much of the driving in Oita is also not on expressways, so there are fewer expensive tolls than other prefectures in Kyushu. Since you may be planning to stay ensconced in an onsen for a few days, you could rent the car for the day, drop off your gear at your accommodation, whiz around the local attractions and then drop the car off at the local train station – for about 6,500yen excluding fuel.


There are plenty of taxis lined up outside the airport, but unless there are four of you to fill the seats and split the cost, it’s an expensive option.

Minimum cost estimates (from the airport website) are 9,480yen to Beppu, 11,400yen to Oita City and 12,790yen to Yufuin.


The closest train station is a 30-minute drive from the airport.


Although this would be by far the most awesome option, sadly, the Oita Airport to Beppu Hovercraft ceased operations in 2009. To see what we modern day folks are mising out on, take a look at this YouTube video of the hovercraft just before it stopped running.

Disclosure: Our writer’s trip to Kyushu was undertaken with the support of Japanican.

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