Tokyo airport transfers explained
Japan’s transport system is notoriously complicated and when you’re in a foreign land, the last thing you’d want is to get lost! Stepping out of the airplane to all the Japanese signs may be confusing but fret not, we’ve got your back no matter what your budget or your party size is.
From budget friendly public buses to the ultimate V.I.P treatment on private car transfers, read on to find out how to get to from the Tokyo airports to Tokyo station!
Narita Airport or Haneda Airport?
Both Narita and Haneda are top-notch airports with world-class facilities equipped with great services and known for flight punctuality.
Haneda Airport is located closer to central Tokyo than Narita Airport but both airports have various transportation options for you to get downtown easily
On the other hand, Narita Airport has more transportation options to reach downtown Tokyo, and these options are often more direct and do not require transfers. Haneda Airport offers cheaper transportation but these might require you to make transfers along the way.
There are 3 main modes of transport to get you from Tokyo Airports to downtown Tokyo: bus, train and car. With options ranging from luxurious private car transfer to Japan’s notoriously efficient public transport and even convenient shuttle buses, this easy guide will help you decide the best airport transfer for your needs!
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Narita Airport to Tokyo station
There are 5 ways to get from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo. Namely, the Narita Airport limousine bus, the Narita Express, the Tokyo Keisei Skyliner, taxi and Klook’s private car charter!
1. By Bus
One of the best ways to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo is by bus! From the moment you alight from the plane, hop onto a limousine bus to take in the sights of the city while resting up for the day ahead. If you want to avoid carrying your heavy luggages onto the train, taking a bus will solve that problem for you! However, do expect the journey time to be longer in case of traffic jams or if you are sharing the bus with many other passengers.
Narita Airport Limousine Bus
One of the easiest and most convenient ways to get to downtown Tokyo from Narita airport is by the Narita Airport limousine bus! From comfortable soft seats, legroom and even free WiFi, whisk away to downtown Tokyo well rested and relaxed. There’s even an airport limousine personnel who will help you with your luggage off and on the bus! So just get ready to take in the views on the bus and rest up for your day ahead.
For more details on the bus schedule, check out the Narita Airport limousine schedule.
Klook your tickets to the Narita airport limousine bus to skip the long queues at the ticketing counter! You can even book it on the spot since it gets instantly confirmed. Just flash your mobile e-voucher and you’re all set! Be sure to check if you hotel is within the drop off area before booking your tickets!
2. By Train
The train lines in Japan are known to be extremely confusing, especially with so many lines and types of trains, it might be difficult to figure out which line to take. After that long flight, you definitely would not want to be caught in a situation where you get caught in a traffic jam!
There are 2 ways to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo by train, namely the Keisei Skyliner and the Narita Express. While they both have similar prices and journey times, the differentiating factor would have to be in the ticketing and the destinations! If you are holding on to a Japan Rail Pass, we would recommend the Narita Express as it is covered by the JR pass. This means you can save on extra transport costs. However, if you are heading to Ueno Station instead of Tokyo Station, you should hop onto the Keisei Skyliner as the Narita express arrives in Tokyo Station.
Tokyo Keisei Skyliner
Hop on board the Tokyo Keisei Skyliner for the quickest travel time to downtown Tokyo! With dedicated luggage spaces in each car and reserved seating, you’ll be guaranteed both a seat and ample luggage space!
The best part about taking the train is that you definitely would not be caught in any traffic congestions! There is also free WiFi aboard all the skyliner trains so don’t forget to ask for the password at the Keisei counter before you board.
Klook your Tokyo Skyliner tickets and receive them instantly. To redeem your tickets, you have to firstly show your Klook voucher to the redemption counter where you will receive a coupon and following that use that coupon to exchange for a bus train ticket at the skyliner counter at Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station and Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station.
Narita Express Line (JR train)
Take a ride on the Narita Express Line for a quick and convenient way to get to downtown Tokyo! Equipped with reclinable seats, tables and outlets for charging as well as ample luggage space, you’re in for a comfortable first ride in Tokyo!
For all of you who have bought the Japan Rail pass, great news! You are able to use your Japan Rail pass on your trip on the Narita Express Line! The Japan Rail pass is a great option for those who wish to travel between cities in Japan. Klook your Japan Rail Pass for the cheapest passes on the market!
3. By car
When you are travelling with children or elderly, or even with lots of luggage, public transport options may cost a little less but they also could be pretty troublesome. If you’re looking for a hassle-free route straight from Narita Airport to Tokyo, here are your options:
Taxis are one of the comfortable ways to get around in Tokyo without having to squeeze into trains or even worse transfer between the different transport lines. But, there is of course a price to pay for such comfort. While not exactly costing an arm and a leg, there is still a hefty fee to pay.
A taxi ride from Haneda Airport into central Tokyo usually costs between US$44-98 (5,000 to 11,000 yen) depending on the destination and time of the day while a ride from Narita Airport could set you back US$141-194 (16000 to 22000 yen). Do note that there are extra surcharges for traveling by taxi between 10pm to 5am.
Plus, if you are travelling in a big group or have plenty of luggage, you’ll have to get 2 vehicles instead of one, which would definitely double up that cost.
Klook private airport transfer
Just want to get to your hotel ASAP? Afterall, who wants to waste time figuring out the transport system when there is so little time and so much to see! Well, get yourself picked up from the arrival gate of your hotel and whisked off to your destination in the ultimate V.I.P style. With free WiFi equipped in the vehicle, just kick back and enjoy the ride!
If you’re travelling in a big group or have lots of luggage, you can opt for the 7 seater or 10 seater to suit your needs! You should also consider this option if your hotel is not in close proximity to any transport stations.
Haneda Airport to Tokyo station
There are 4 ways to get from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo. Namely, the Haneda Airport limousine bus, the Tokyo Monorail coupled with the JR Line, taxi and Klook’s private car charter!
Haneda Airport limousine bus
If you are flying into Haneda Airport, you too can opt for a limousine bus! Similar to the Narita Airport Express, you’ll get ample legroom, free WiFi and you’ll even have someone to bring your luggages onto the bus for you.
Tickets can be purchased from Klook you will get to your destination quickly, safely and in comfort - with no hassle, long lines or crowded public transport.
Make sure to check out the list of routeson the limousine bus website before departure!
Tokyo Monorail and JR Line
If your flight arrives in Haneda Airport, you can still head to Tokyo station via train! With your Japan Rail pass, you hop aboard the Tokyo Monorail that connects Haneda Airport to Hamamatsu-cho Station. From there, take the JR line to Tokyo Station This is definitely one of the fastest routes to Tokyo Station!
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If you don’t want the deal with the hassle of booking any car charters or navigating the public transportation system, hop onto a taxi and get to your destination asap! But, do bear in mind that taxis in Japan can cost a bomb! Keikyu taxis offer set fares but they do vary depending on the time of day.
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Klook Haneda Airport private transfer
If you arrive in the wee hours of the night, or just want to treat yourself to a luxurious first ride into Tokyo, hop onto the Klook private transfer and you’ll get the V.I.P treatment the moment you step through those gates.
With the driver helping you with your luggage and taking you right to your hotel doorstep, you won’t have to lift a finger! Just enjoy the ride, free water and even WiFi as you get whisked off to your destination.
Bonus : Greater Tokyo Pass
Launching on 1 April 2018, this Greater Tokyo Pass is definitely handy to have if you're planning to travel by public transportation on your Tokyo trip!
This pass grants you 3 days of UNLIMITED travels on railways and streetcars operated by 12 different transport companies. Gone are the days where you're unsure which single trip ticket to purchase for which subway line, making your travels around the Kanto area a whole lot more efficient!
Find out how the Greater Tokyo Pass works and why it's definitely worth JPY 7200 in our guide!
Ready, set, Tokyo!
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