From Haneda Airport to downtown Tokyo
Just as we did for transportation from Narita and in order to complete our extensive train guide of Tokyo, this article sums up the possible transportations connecting Haneda airport to the center of the Japanese capital.
While most foreign tourists land in Narita, Haneda international airport receives more and more positive votes. At the end of 2014, the respected Skytrax gave it its famous 5 starts, a rank that only 5 airports in the world have achieved (along with Seoul, Hong Kong, Munich and Singapore).
The geographical position of Haneda, very close to Tokyo, in the bay 30 kilometers down in the South, makes it a benefit to quickly join the capital ; some of the city center stations are even less than 20 minutes away in public transportation ! It is the same for the surroundings, such as Yokohama and Tokyo Disney Sea, or even to gain time by directly going to the Kansai for example.
With the 2020 Olympic Games 🏅 in mind, Tokyo's municipality naturally wishes to encourage foreign flying companies to make their flights ✈️ land more and more at Haneda. After all, it is already the most frequented airport in Asia, with close to 70 millions travelers, out of which only 10% are international.
Since travelers will be more and more numerous to take off and land at Haneda in the coming years, we will offer you here a guide of the best transportation to use in order to reach your destination faster and cheaper.
Haneda is particularly well served by railways, even if we could prefer buses for some (more rare) conditions. Of course, taxis remain the most expensive and not specifically faster transportation (because of traffic).
Please note that the international terminal (the one where all international flights land) is closer to Tokyo ; terminal 2 is located 6 minutes farther !
Just like the other Japanese airport, in the evening and mostly at night, there are a few public transportation leaving from Haneda. Check the compatibility of your departure/arrival hours with the discussed solution below. There are several hotels 🏨 located close to terminals to spend the night waiting for the first trains.
Finally, just a vocabulary information: we speak of Tokyo as the Japanese capital city, but it is also a train 🚅 station as any other, located in the South-East of the city center.
Companies, hours and prices
All indicated prices on this article are for one adult person in normal class, for the international terminal. Basically, divide the price per two for a child (6-11 years old usually) and multiply it by two for a Green class (equivalent to a first class).
There are 3 main means of transportation from Haneda.
Managed by JR via the Tokyo Monorail company, the monorail 🚝 was built for the 1964 Olympic Games. Therefore, it has this past futuristic charm.
Departures are every 3 to 5 minutes, from 5 am to around midnight, and the travel lasts 14 minutes on the Express train.
- 490¥ (~US$4.70) per adult
- 250¥ (~US$2.40) per child
Since any transportation operated by JR company is compatible with the Japan Rail Pass and therefore free if using it (once activated of course), the JR Pass covers the total travel in monorail + Yamanote from Haneda.
Notice that a free Wifi 📶 connexion is available in the monorail starting October 1st, 2016.
Keikyu : train and bus
Keikyu (Keihin Kyûko), a private company, offers these two solutions:
- the train, easy to recognize with its thick dark blue border ;
- the bus (or transportation coach) working 24hours and which network goes up to Mount Fuji!
The prices depend on the destination and mean of transportation (discussed later in this article).
An individual ticket must be purchased in advance for any Keikyu transportation, because it is not compatible with the JR Pass, but we do recommend to use the Suica card for more comfort.
The company offers bus transportation, however prices can be quite high. Moreover, the given timetable do not take traffic into consideration, this is why we made the choice not to involve them here since they are not competitive.
From Haneda to the several train stations of Tokyo
The principal train stations are classified by alphabetical order. For each of them are listed the best itinerary, depending on the desired budget and velocity.
- Keikyu Train: 32 minutes, 620¥ (~US$5.95)
- Keikyu Train - Higashi-Ginza station : 23 minutes, 570¥ (~US$5.47)
- Monorail + Yamanote : 14 minutes + 28 minutes (JR Pass)
- Keikyu Bus - Grand Pacific Hotel Station : 30 minutes, 520¥ (~US$4.99)
- Keikyu Train : 25 minutes, 570¥ (~US$5.47)
- Monorail + Yamanote : 14 minutes + 17 minutes (JR Pass)
- Keikyu Bus : 60 minutes, 1030¥ (~US$9.88)
- Taxi : about 6.500¥ (~US$62.35) during the day
- Keikyu Train : 11 minutes, 410¥ (~US$3.93)
- Monorail + Yamanote : 14 minutes + 23 minutes (JR Pass)
- Taxi : about 7000¥ (~US$67.15) during the day
Around 2024, a new JR line will connect Haneda to Shinjuku in only 23 minutes.
- Keikyu Train : 20 minutes, 580¥ (~US$5.56)
- Monorail + Yamanote : 14 minutes + 6 minutes (JR Pass)
Around 2024, a new JR line will connect Haneda to Tokyo in only 18 minutes.
- Monorail + Yamanote : 14 minutes + 13 minutes (JR Pass)
- Keikyu Train : 23 minutes, 470¥ (~US$4.51)
- Keikyu Bus : 40 minutes, 580¥ (~US$5.56)
Narita : inter-airports travel
This connection can be necessary, notably in the case of a transfer between two flights. The two international airports are separated by a minimum of 80 kilometers.
These are the solutions which link the two :
- Keisei train - Sky Access Express : 89 minutes, 1790¥ (~US$17.17)
- Keikyu Train : 92 minutes, 1760¥ (~US$16.88)
- Limousine Bus : 60-100 minutes, 3100¥ (~US$29.74)