Narita airport (成田空港) is well known as the international airport in Tokyo. But many flights arrives and departs at Haneda airport (羽田空港) too in these days.
Haneda is located in Metro Tokyo 23 municipalities. Haneda is way closer to downtown Tokyo than Narita. Please see the map below to find the location of both Narita and Haneda.
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Haneda airport is connected with downtown Tokyo by Tokyo Monorail, Keihin Kyuko Railway (a.k.a. Keikyu railway) and Airport Limousine bus. In this post, I will explain about the access between airport and downtown Tokyo. And also I will mention some deals for airport access.
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But Haneda airport allow only midnight and early morning for international flight. So if you arrive Haneda so late, you may not get downtown Tokyo by train. Let’s see the details, such as fare, schedule and route, about three ways, Tokyo Monorail, Keihin Kyuko Railway and Airport Limousine bus.
- 1 How to find the station at Haneda airport international terminal
- 2 Japan Rail Pass exchange office
- 3 Tokyo Monorail (東京モノレール)
- 4 Keihin Kyuko Railway (京浜急行)
- 5 Airport Limousine bus
- 6 Late arrival and early departure
- 7 Available deals
How to find the station at Haneda airport international terminal
Actually it is quite simple. When you exit from Immigration and Custom area, you will see the hall, like the picture below.
You will see Limousine bus ticket counter on your left hand side.
Just keep going straight from the exit. Both Tokyo Monorail station and Keihin Kyuko station are just a few steps away from the exit.
Once you exit from Immigration and Custom, it takes less than one minute to get the station. Many station staffs are there to help you how to buy a ticket and find a direction. And also there exist lots of signs and most of signs are shown in four languages, Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. You won’t miss it.
Japan Rail Pass exchange office
JR East has Travel Service Center at Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport International Terminal station. You can exchange your JR pass here and you can start to use Japan Rail Pass (a.k.a. JR Pass) right after you arrive at Haneda in Japan.
However the window opens only between 7:45 and 18:30. If you arrive at Haneda in early morning or late night, you cannot exchange JR Pass. Shinagawa station is the closest location to Haneda airport. Please check the list of the exchange place and operation hours at Japan Rail Pass official site.
Japan Rail Pass covers Tokyo Monorail only. You cannot take Keihin Kyuko Railway and Airport Limousine bus.
Tokyo Monorail (東京モノレール)
Tokyo Monorail connects Haneda airport with Hamamatsucho (浜松町). It takes 18 minutes by the fastest train, “Haneda Express”. It takes 23 minutes by local train. Haneda Express stops only Hamamatsucho, Haneda Airport International Terminal, Haneda Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Tokyo Monorail operates every 3 to 5 minutes in most of operation hours. And it runs in 5 to 10 minutes in very early morning and very late night. Monorail starts to run around 05:00 am and the last one run around midnight.
Please check the exact schedule on Tokyo Monorail official site.
Hamamatsucho is three stations away from Tokyo station. If you want to take Shinkansen after arrival at Haneda, you have to take Yamanote line (山手線). I recommend you to use Keihin Kyuko Railway because they take you to Shinagawa (品川). You can easily transfer to Shinkansen there. If you stay at the major hotel in downtown Tokyo, you may take Airport Limousine bus.
Please see the link below to find more information about Hamamatsucho station in the link below:
Keihin Kyuko Railway (京浜急行)
Keihin Kyuko is one of the major private railway company it Tokyo. We call “Keikyu” (short word of Keihin Kyuko).
Keihin Kyuko connects Haneda airport with Shinagawa (品川). It takes 16 to 18 minutes by the fastest train, “Airport Limited Express”. This express train does not stop any station between Haneda airport stations and Shinagawa. But Airport Limited Express is operated in daytime only. Most of trains are Airport Express. This train stops all stations between Haneda terminal and Keikyu-Kamata. And also it stops at Heiwajima, Tachiaigawa and Aomonoyokocho. It takes 23 to 25 minutes by Airport Express. They operates every 5 minutes during daytime and 10 minutes during early morning and late night. The first departure is around 05:20 am from Haneda to Shinagawa. The last departure is around midnight from Haneda to Shinagawa.
Please check the detailed schedule on Keihin Kyuko Haneda Access website.
Shinagawa is one of the biggest terminal stations in downtown Tokyo and Shinkansen stop at Shinagawa. Please see the detailed information about Shinagawa station in the link below:
If you want to take Shinkansen which is bound for Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and many station to the west, you should take Keihin Kyuko. But if you stay at the major hotel in downtown Tokyo, you still think about taking Keihin Kyuko. Because Keihin Kyuko is connected with Toei subway Asakusa line. They operates through the subway line and it directly take you to some of the popular spots in Tokyo, such as Shinbashi (新橋), Ginza (銀座) and Asakusa (浅草). If you stay at the major hotel in other areas in Tokyo, you may take Airport Limousine bus.
Airport Limousine bus
Airport Limousine takes you most of major hotels in Tokyo. The fare is starting from 600 yen. It is varied by the destination. Please check the details on their website.
Late arrival and early departure
Most of the flights arrive at Haneda in early morning or late night. If your flight arrives late night and/or depart in early morning, you have to think about access to/from downtown Tokyo and should have a back up plan in case of the flight delay.
I show several sample schedules between Haneda and some places in Tokyo by Monorail and Keihin Kyuko. Please see the post at, How to take Tokyo Monorail or Keihin Kyuko for late arrival and early departure at Haneda.
There are several deals available for access to downtown Tokyo. Unfortunately all deals apply to one way from airport to downtown Tokyo or round trip. There is no deals available from downtown Tokyo to Haneda airport.
Monorail and Yamanote Line Discount Ticket
It includes Monorail one way fare to Hamamatsucho and the fare to all stations on Yamanote line. You can get Shinbashi,Tokyo, Akihabara, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya and many other stations on Yamanote line.
Please see the link below to find more information about this deal.
Keihin Kyuko Railway deals
Keihin Kyuko Railway offers several kinds of deal which include Keihin Kyuko train to Sengakuji and subway unlimited ride. Please see the link below to find more information about these deals.