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Osaka Namba to Kobe Cruise Terminal

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Osaka Namba to Kobe Cruise Terminal

I am staying in Namba prior to a cruise leaving from the Kobe cruise terminal. I am planning to take the Hanshin Namba train to Sannomiya and then the Portliner shuttle to the cruise ship. I have a few questions:

Do I need to transfer trains at Amagasaki to continue on to Sannomiya? Google Maps says to stay on the same train (no transfer required) and Hyperdia says to transfer.

Can I pay for the Hanshin Namba and the Kobe Portliner shuttle with the ICOCA card?

Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: Osaka Namba to Kobe Cruise Terminal

It's the same train at Amagasaki....it just changes "identity"

Use ICOCA all the way.

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2. Re: Osaka Namba to Kobe Cruise Terminal

Actually, you might need to change trains at Amagasaki as not all trains go all the way to Sannomiya. If you want to avoid changing, take the train that is bound for Sannomiya, which comes every 10-20 minutes.

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3. Re: Osaka Namba to Kobe Cruise Terminal

Thank you for the info.

What will the sign on the train say to indicate that it goes to Sannomiya? Would rather wait for the direct train than have to transfer.

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4. Re: Osaka Namba to Kobe Cruise Terminal

Bound for Sannomiya


Bound for Amagasaki


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5. Re: Osaka Namba to Kobe Cruise Terminal

Osaka-Namba is the start of the line. You will get a seat for sure. If you have any sort of luggage, I recommend that you wait for a through-train so you don't lose your seat. That way, you can hold onto any large bags you might have next to you for the duration of the trip.

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6. Re: Osaka Namba to Kobe Cruise Terminal

The direct Hanshin train from Osaka Namba to Sannomiya is a Rapid Express train. Does anyone know if I can use the ICOCA card to pay for the fare? I read that with some express trains there is a surcharge and paying with ICOCA isn’t allowed.

Thanks !

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