Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Sapporo (Chitose) (CTS)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Sapporo (Chitose)
Sapporo travel information
Sapporo is Japan's fifth-largest city and the capital of Hokkaidō. Travellers visiting Sapporo will experience the bustling city centre that offers everything you would hope for from a Japanese city. From a lively food scene, trendy cafes, bright nightlife, picturesque Lake Shikotsu and ultimate shopping precincts - there are plenty of things to do. While many travellers visit Sapporo to access Hokkaidō's mountains and hot springs, there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy. Summer is the season to visit for beer and food festivals, especially ramen. During the cold winter, makes the perfect time for the ski season in Niseko and famous Snow Festival in February. There is something for everyone in Sapporo.
When to visit
Best time to visit Sapporo
The best time to visit Sapporo is in May when the cherry-blossom trees are in bloom. Temperatures range from 1°C – 12°C. June begins the start of Hokkaido's summer, with consistently good weather, amazing festivals, traditional gardens, picturesque lakes and fireworks at night. The average temperatures are between 16°C – 23°C during summer. If you plan to visit in winter (December to March) you’ll experience the amazing ski resorts, giant ice sculptures and hot springs. Temperatures are snowy and cold, ranging from -4°C – 1°C.
What is the main airport called?
New Chitose Airport (CTS).Opens external site in a new window It is an international airport located 4.3 km (2.7 miles) south-southeast of Chitose and Tomakomai, Hokkaidō, Japan, serving the Sapporo metropolitan area. The airport is located 45 km from Sapporo.
Arriving in Sapporo
The helpful staff at New Chitose Airport will greet you when you arrive. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Sapporo from New Chitose Airport
Getting into Sapporo city from New Chitose Airport is easy, with many transport options available. There is parking available at the airport, along with multiple car rentals with counters located outside the domestic terminal building on the first floor. Take the JR train at New Chitose Airport Station at the domestic terminal building on the first basement floor to Sapporo city centre with regular services. It’s the quickest way to get to town, taking 35 minutes. The intercity bus runs from the airport to downtown Sapporo from both the domestic and international terminals. There are also local buses, charter buses and airport shuttles from both terminals. If travelling by taxi, there are two taxi pick-up points in the Domestic Terminal Building and one pick-up point in the International Terminal Building. Tourist taxis and large taxis are available at the information desk in the arrival hall. Uber is also a convenient way to get to the city.
Getting around Sapporo
Getting around Sapporo and surrounding areas is easy once you arrive with a range of trains, subways, bus companies and a tram line available. No major city in Japan is easier to navigate than Sapporo with its rectangular street layout and simple addressing system. City blocks are named and numbered according to the point of a compass. Three subway lines, a tram line and many bus companies (JR Hokkaido Bus, Hokkaido Chuo Bus and Jotetsu Bus) provide Sapporo with an efficient network of public transportation. The Japan Rail Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass and Hokkaido Free Pass are valid on local buses operated by JR Hokkaido Bus and is the best way to see the sights. It is possible to hire a bike with the city’s bike-share system, which has 30 kiosks around downtown. It is possible to hire a car, though parking is tricky, though worthwhile to explore further afield. Taxis are easy to hail, along with Uber.
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic AirportOpens external site in a new window (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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