Compared to Narita International Airport which is relatively far from downtown Tokyo, Haneda International Airport is favored by more and more visitors as it offers a shorter commute time and cheaper transportation cost. It takes only 14 minutes to arrive at JR Yamanote Line’s Hamamatsucho Station from Haneda International Airport—and at a lower price at that.
But what is the best way to access to Haneda International Airport from the multiple methods available? This guide will serve you well and make your decision an easier one!
There are three primary modes of transportation from Haneda International Airport to the Tokyo downtown area: Train, bus and taxi.
The Tokyo Monorail used to be the only train connecting the Tokyo downtown area to Haneda International Airport, before companies such as Keikyu Railway, Keisei Railway and Toei Subway ran railway lines to Haneda International Airport as well. Until today, Tokyo Monorail remains to be the one and only monorail line linking Haneda International Airport to Hamamatsucho Station. The Tokyo Monorail runs every three to five minutes, and its fastest train takes only 14 minutes to arrive at the Hamamatsucho Station in Tokyo.
The Tokyo Monorail has three kinds of trains: Haneda Express, Rapid Train and Local Train. Haneda Express stops at each Haneda International Airport station and the terminal Hamamatsucho Station; Rapid Train stops at each Haneda International Airport station, as well as Ryutsu Center Station, Oi Keibajo Mae Station, Tennozu Isle Station and the terminal Hamamatsucho Station; Local Train stops at every station along the way.
From Tenkubashi Station, you can transfer to the Keikyu Line. From Tennozu Isle Station, you can transfer to the Rinkai Line (To Shin-Kiba). After arriving at Hamamatsucho Station, you can transfer to the JR Yamanote Line/Keihin-Tohoku Line (Shinbashi, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Ueno and other intercity stations in Tokyo) and the Toei Asakusa Line (To Asakusa).
It costs 490 yen for cash payments (versus 483 yen via transport IC card) from each station of Haneda International Airport to Hamamatsucho Station. It is worth mentioning that you can purchase a discount ticket for the monorail and Yamanote Line, though this discount ticket is only available on weekends and holidays. For only 500 yen, you can get off at any station of JR Yamanote Line from any station of Haneda International Airport. In other words, you get a free ride on the Yamanote Line!
The first monorail from Haneda International Airport leaves at: 05:17
The last monorail from Haneda International Airport leaves at: 00:10
From Tokyo Haneda International Airport, the fastest Keikyu train takes only 11 minutes to Shinagawa Station. Here you can transfer to JR Yamanote Line, Keihin Tohoku Line and Tokaido Line. Apart from heading towards the Tokyo downtown area, the Keikyu Railways also operate lines to Yokohama and Narita International Airport directly from Haneda International Airport.
The Keikyu Line has five kinds of trains: Local, Airport Express, Limited Express (Tokkyu), Limited Express (Kaitoku), and Airport Limited Express. These five kinds of trains operate at the same fares but stop at different stations. Airport Limited Express only stops at major stations, while Local stops at every station.
The following diagram shows fares of the Keikyu Line for each station:
Haneda International Airport also works together with the Tokyo Subway to launch several discounted combo tickets:
- Keikyu Bus
Going to the city center by train is fast, but first-time visitors may end up taking more time if they need to look for the transfer line since Tokyo's subway lines can be extremely complex for newbies. The trains can also be much more crowded during rush hours. The Keikyu Limousine Bus follows the slogans "Using assigned seating, so passengers always have a seat," "Providing direct access to destinations with no transfers," and "Providing trunk room to accommodate even large luggage." This option is therefore suitable for tourists who are not in a hurry and have a lot of luggage. There are several buses departing from Haneda International Airport. They do not only take you directly to the urban areas of Tokyo (such as Akihabara, Ginza, Ueno, etc.), but also to Disneyland Resort, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Kamakura and other scenic spots in the outskirts scenery spots.
- Keikyu Late Night/Early Morning Bus
If you come to Haneda International Airport on a red-eye flight, you can take the Keikyu late night/early morning bus to the downtown area as the Haneda International Airport trains does not run at midnight. These buses stop at the main urban areas of Tokyo, including Roppongi, Shibuya and Odaiba.
Traveling by taxi from Haneda International Airport to the Tokyo downtown area is the least recommended option as taxi fares are generally high in Japan. Even the set-fare taxi is still expensive for most people. The taxi, however, is an ideal option for groups of visitors who can share the taxi fare or for individuals who are in a hurry.
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