If you’re worried about the cost of getting from Haneda Airport to Tokyo (or Yokohama) then you should relax—it’s not expensive or time-consuming at all. The main thing to be sure of is that you haven’t mixed up your arrival airport with the much more distant Narita Airport. Unless you’re a cheapo accustomed to luxury (surely a contradiction in terms), you don’t need to catch a taxi. It’s a short and affordable train, monorail or bus trip to central Tokyo, whereas a taxi will cost you more than ¥5,000 to Shinagawa and almost ¥10,000 to Asakusa (if you must, you can book a private taxi pick up online in English here, or simply join the taxi queue at the terminal).
Built for the 1964 Olympics, it’s not quite as cool and futuristic as it sounds. It’s still a freakin’ monorail though! A fun way of getting from Haneda Airport to Tokyo, the monorail stops at all three terminals and for only 490 yen whisks you to the happening hub of Hamamatsucho. Actually, Hamamatsucho has to be one of the dullest stations on the Yamanote line—but it is on the Yamanote line, which means you can squeeze yourself onto a commuter train heading to more exciting places such as … well, any other station. The Suica/Pasmo IC cards can be used on the monorail if you don’t want to be buying tickets.
If you’re flying out of Haneda Airport, the only thing to be careful of is to get off at the right terminal. The monorail will stop at the (much nicer than Narita’s) International Terminal first, followed by Terminal 1 (JAL, Skymark and most other airlines) and then Terminal 2 (ANA & Air Do Domestic Flights).
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The Keikyu Line trains from Haneda head in two different directions, so make sure you get on the right one. Most go northeast to Shinagawa, but some head southwest to Yokohama. Taking the Keikyu Line from Haneda Airport to Tokyo works out a fraction cheaper than the monorail at 410 yen (it’s 450 yen to Yokohama). Once exiting from customs and getting your bags, you’ll be on the 2F lobby and have no problem spotting the Keikyu ticket counter/machines and gates.
One big advantage over the monorail is the Airport Express, which continues into the Asakusa Subway Line after arriving in Shinagawa. So if your destination is Asakusa, you can get to the doorstep of your hostel for a total of 660 yen. The express runs about every 15 minutes during peak times and slightly less frequently at off peak times.
Like the Limousine Bus from Narita, it’s not nearly as flash as it sounds—it’s just a coach bus that goes directly to major hotels in a large number of areas, and which has somewhere to put your luggage. If you’re staying at a more minor hotel or a hostel, you’ll need to look up the location of the nearest major hotel. It’s an excellent transport option if you’re traveling with kids and/or a lot of luggage.
The fares range from 720 yen to about 1,200 yen per person. For example, the fare to T-CAT (the Tokyo City Air Terminal) under Suitengumae Station is 820 yen, it’s 930 yen to Asakusa and Tokyo Station, 1,030 yen to Shibuya, 1,130 yen to Roppongi/Akasaka and 1,230 yen to Shinjuku. Kids are roughly half price.
If you need to be at the airport for a really early flight (before the trains start) then the night bus or taxi are your only options. Generally, you can double the fares above for the buses that run between midnight and 5 am.
Bad luck if you were hoping to use your pass from Haneda, as no JR lines run to or from the airport. You’ll have to wait until you hit the JR Yamanote line before you activate it. Also, think very carefully before you activate that pass for a 2-station/130-yen trip!
This post is updated regularly. Last update: January 2017 by Carey Finn.
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