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Access From Haneda And Narita

Access From Haneda And Narita

Tokyo has 2 major airports: Haneda International Airport and Narita International Airport.

Depending on where you are staying in Tokyo, it might be good to chose your flight which arrives at the airport closest to the hotel.

Let’s see what the access is like from Haneda and Narita to Tokyo.

Haneda International Airport (HND)

Haneda lis located in the city of Tokyo, in Ota Ward.

The airport has 3 terminal buildings.

Arrivals from foreign countries enter Japan through Terminal 3.  If you are using ANA, you might land at Terminal 2 as ANA recently opened a new international wing in its terminal.

There are 3 solid options for getting into the city center: Keikyu Line, Tokyo Monorail, and airport bus.

Keikyu Line

Keikyu Line is a private railway line that operates from all terminals at Haneda.

The trains have an Airport Limited Express for city stops, and an Access Express which goes to Narita International Airport directly.

If you are staying in Tokyo, make sure you get on the trains for Imbanihonidai, Asakusa, Aoto or Inzaimakinohara.  There are trains going to Zushi which is in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Haneda Terminal 3 > > > Shinagawa Station : 13 minutes (300 yen one way)

Tokyo Monorail

Tokyo Monorail is a private monorail line that serves all terminals at Haneda.

All trains from the airport arrive at Hamamatsucho Station. At Hamamatsucho, you can change to the JR Line and the Oedo Subway Line.

Haneda Terminal 3 > > > Hamamatsucho Station: 13 minutes (492 yen one way)

Travel Times (approximate)

Tokyo Station 30 minutes

Shibuya Station 45 minutes

Shinjuku Station 50 minutes

Narita International Airport 1 hour 45 minutes

Both Keikyu and the Tokyo Monorail stop at Terminal 2 (ANA, Air Do, Solaseed) and Terminal 1 (Japan Airlines, Skymark and Star Flyer). These airports have domestic flights only, with ANA offering some international destinations.

Airport Bus

The company Airport Limousine offers bus service directly to city center areas.

The destinations include Shinjuku, Roppongi, Ginza, Tokyo Station, Nihombashi, Asakusa, Odaiba and Akihabara, to name a few. They have the most direct services to Tokyo and the surrounding areas.

The cost depends on the destination.

All terminals at Haneda have designated bus areas outside the buildings.  Tickets can be purchased inside the terminal. A good idea is to get a return ticket as well by reserving on the website.

Narita International Airport (NRT)

Narita is located in Narita, Chiba.  It once served as the major international airport for Japan. It still serves many international carriers, and it is the main airport for low-cost carriers that operate internationally.

The airport has 3 terminals.

Terminal 1 serves Sky Team and Star Alliance airlines including ANA. Terminal 2 serves One World airlines including Japan Airlines.

Terminal 3 serves low-cost carriers.

The options are Keisei Line, JR Line and airport bus.

For trains, there are only 2 station stops. Narita Airport Station is for Terminal 1.  Airport Terminal 2 serves both Terminals 2 and 3. It is important to take note of that when returning to Narita so you can get off at the right station.

Keisei Line

Keisei is a private railway company that serves the western side of Tokyo and Chiba.

They operate 3 specific train services to Narita Airport.

Skyliner offers a fast way into the city.  The stops are Nippori and Ueno. There are no other stops.

Access Express will bring you to Asakusa and Nihombashi, with its last destination being Haneda Airport.

Main Line Rapid Limited Express stops in Keisei Funabashi, and several other stations on the way to Nippori and Ueno.

Japan Railway Line

Another fast train for you to use is Narita Express.  It runs from all terminals at Narita Airport, and travels quite far, all the way past Yokohama.

It is a convenient way to get to Tokyo Station directly, as well as Shibuya and Shinjuku. It takes around 55 minutes non-stop to Tokyo Station.

Airport Bus

Airport Limousine offers trips from many places in Tokyo to Narita Airport.  They stop at many hotels in Shinjuku.

Airport Bus TYO-NRT by Keisei has direct service from Tokyo Station to Narita as well.

Hotel Buses

You may be able to take a shuttle bus from either Haneda or Narita directly to your hotel. It is a good idea to check the hotel website to see if they offer any service. This is helpful if you are bringing luggage.

A Word About Riding Trains

When using public trains, it is important to know that they are busy.  You might be overwhelmed by the number of people using trains on a daily basis.

Morning rush hour is generally from 6:30 am to around 9:30 am.  The trains are packed at these times, so it might be a good to avoid arriving at those times.  Evening rush hour can be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm; however, it is a bit easier in comparison with the morning time.

Most trains and subways have some areas open for people with luggage to stand.  There are also overhead racks on all trains

Taxi Service and Uber

A taxi is another option. From Haneda, the average cost is around 12,000 yen to anywhere in Tokyo; from Narita, the cost is closer to 20,000 yen.

Please note that Uber, Grab, Lyft and other car services are not allowed in Japan.

Whatever your choice of airport, there are many convenient ways for your budget to get into Tokyo.




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