The Sapporo Subway (Sapporo-shi-Chikatetsu) is the fourth Japanese subway and it was naugurated in 1971, in time for the Winter Olympics 1972. It was the first metro in the world to use a central rail guide wheels with neumatic system that makes it the most silent and clean underground in the world. It is operated by the Sapporo City Bureau.
Currently the system has three metro lines, Namboku, Tozai and Toho, with a length of 48 kms and 49 stations and an influx of about 210 millions travelers per year. Sapporo public transport also counts with a tram line 8.5 km long serving southwest of the city and crosses the Susukino subway and a bus line.
The Sapporo Metro network consists of 3 lines with 48 km long and 49 stations.
At the moment there are no plans for new lines or extensions.
The subway Central Station is the Odori.
In Odori and Susukino stations there is tram connection from outside.
The metro is open from 06:15 a.m until 24:00 hours.
Trains run every 3-4 minutes during the morning rush hour, every 5 minutes during the evening rush hours and every 5-7 minutes during the rest othe day.
The single ticket prices vary from ¥ 200 to ¥ 360, depending on the distance traveled. The day passes and discounted passes can be purchased at vending machines.
New Chitose International Airport serves the Sapporo metropolitan area and is located five kilometers from the city of Chitose.
New Chitose International Airport can be reached by JR Hokkaido Chitose line. Fast trains operate to and from Sapporo Station (Sapporo Station is the starting and ending point for the express JR Hokkaido) and the journey takes between 36-39 minutes and costs ¥ 1040.
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