Getting the Cheapest Flights Between Singapore and Tokyo

Carey Finn
Singapore to Tokyo
Only seven hours away, Tokyo is a top destination for travelers from Singapore. | Photo by Frank Lindecke used under CC

One of the major sources of visitors to Japan, Singapore is well served by 13 direct flights to Tokyo a day (and a few to Kansai International Airport down in Osaka, too). Planning a holiday or brief business jaunt? Here’s how to find the lowest fares from Singapore to Tokyo, with a few tips and tricks from our seasoned cheapo travelers.

Singapore to Tokyo: Direct flights vs. layovers

Flight times

When flying directly (non-stop) from Changi Airport in Singapore to Tokyo (either Haneda or Narita Airport), you’re looking at just over seven hours on the plane. The relatively short flight time (compared to other international destinations) makes Tokyo (and Japan as a whole) an appealing place for a short-ish holiday.

However, as on any route, direct doesn’t mean cheap, necessarily, so many budget-conscious travelers opt for a flight that involves one or more transfers. While this can save some dollars, it can add anywhere from 2 to 25 hours to your journey. The fastest (and least exhausting) options are flying through Hong Kong, Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur or Shanghai.

Singapore to Tokyo
Singapore Airlines offer direct flights to Tokyo, but these aren’t always the cheapest. | Photo by byeangel used under CC

Direct flight cost

The first airline that comes to mind for many is, of course, Singapore’s national carrier, but ticket prices fluctuate between very cheap and very steep. Delta Airlines, ANA, Scoot and JAL all also offer direct flights from Singapore to Tokyo; of these, JAL is usually the most expensive, and Scoot often requires a connection on one of the legs of the journey (or is just a really long flight).

Direct Flights Singapore to Tokyo (fares in SGD)
RouteAirlineReturn FareBooking
Singapore => Tokyo ANA $744.00 Details
Singapore => Tokyo Singapore Airlines $774.00 Details
Singapore => Tokyo Japan Airlines $826.00 Details
Singapore to Tokyo
Narita is usually the cheaper of the two airports that serve Tokyo (Haneda being the other one). | Photo by S_e_i used under CC

Indirect flight cost

Cathay Pacific, Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Air China, Jetstar and many more carriers from the Asian stable provide indirect flights from Singapore to Tokyo, and you can often score some good deals (especially if you book three months+ in advance).

Our advice: Limit your total flight time to no more than 16 hours (even that’s a bit long, 9-12 hours is ideal), or the money you save in fees won’t be worth the fatigue you rack up on your travels. If you’re so exhausted you can’t enjoy Tokyo when you arrive on holiday, a cheap deal seems almost pointless.

And a word of warning—avoid, at all costs, non-protected self-transfers. With these, not only do you have to re-check in your baggage at your transfer point, your onward flight must be reached on time, at your own risk. If you miss it, you need to buy another ticket. Transferring from one airport to another at a connection point (e.g. in Taipei) is also not recommended.

All Carriers Singapore to Tokyo (fares in SGD)
RouteAirlineReturn FareBooking
Singapore => Tokyo Thai AirAsia $395.00 Details
Singapore => Tokyo AirAsia $417.00 Details
Singapore => Tokyo Scoot Tigerair $432.00 Details
Singapore => Tokyo Malaysia Airlines $443.00 Details
Singapore => Tokyo Air China $473.00 Details
Singapore => Tokyo Philippine Airlines $474.00 Details

Best time to fly from Singapore to Tokyo

The advice we’re about to dispense doesn’t differ much from other routes to Japan. When booking your tickets, the golden rule is to avoid cherry blossom season (late March to mid-April), Golden Week (the cluster of national holidays at the end of April and in early May), and the New Year period. Travel (domestic and international) peaks during these periods, pushing up airfares. Other busy times are the O-bon period in mid-August (when Japanese people return to their family homes) and the Chinese New Year. If you can’t, or don’t want to, avoid traveling around these dates, at least try to book your tickets super far in advance.

Singapore to Tokyo
Tokyo Skytree may be one of the world’s tallest structures, but we still struggle to spot it from a plane. | Photo by hans-johnson used under CC

Narita or Haneda Airport?

You’ll often find that airfares to Narita are a bit lower than those to Haneda. The downside to arriving at Narita is that it’s all the way out in Chiba Prefecture, which is Tokyo’s neighbor. Haneda Airport is located in Tokyo proper, making for shorter travel times into the city. It’s also substantially snazzier. If you see two flights at the same price, with one terminating in Narita and one in Haneda, definitely opt for the latter. Give our articles on the cheapest ways of getting from Haneda to Tokyo and the cheapest ways of getting from Narita to Tokyo a read, too, to compare routes and rates.

Tokyo as a short stopover

It’s entirely possible to enjoy a mini holiday in Tokyo as a stopover en route to another part of Asia, or even Europe. For ideas on what to do if you’re in town for a whirlwind tour, see our Haneda Layover Guide or our Tokyo in 24 Hours Itinerary. Have a peek at our list of 101 Cheap and Free Things to Do to build an itinerary for slightly longer stays.

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Tags: Cheap Flights, Expats, Flights, Singapore, Tourists, Traveling, Vacation
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