rapi:t train (50000 series)
rapi:t (ラピート, rapiito, means "rapid" in German) is a rapid train service between Kansai Airport Station at Kansai International Airport, in Tajiri Town and Namba Station in Osaka, Japan. It is operated by the Nankai Electric Railway and uses the Nankai Main Line and Airport Line .
The futuristic six-car rapi:t trainsets, officially designated as the Nankai 50000 Series, were designed by architect Wakabayashi Hiroyuki and won the Blue Ribbon Prize after entering service in 1995.
There are two classes of rapi:t service. rapi:t α, taking 29 minutes from Kansai to Namba, stops at Shin-Imamiya, Tengachaya, Izumisano, and Rinku Town, while rapi:t β takes 34 minutes with stops at Sakai and Kishiwada. All seats are reserved. Both trains cost ¥1,390 for a one-way ticket, a surcharge of ¥500 compared to a normal rapid service train. Alpha and beta trains alternate: one of each runs every hour. All seats are reserved.
- rapi:t α: Namba Station - Shin-Imamiya Station - Tengachaya Station - Izumisano Station - Rinku Town Station - Kansai Airport Station
- rapi:t β: Namba Station - Shin-Imamiya Station - Tengachaya Station - Sakai Station - Kishiwada Station - Izumisano Station - Rinku Town Station - Kansai Airport Station