If you’re worried about the cost of getting from Haneda Airport to Tokyo (or Yokohama) then you can 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), or landing late at night, 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’re cool with it though, 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 whisks you to the happening hub of Hamamatsucho (about 15 minutes away). 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. Suica/Pasmo IC cards can be used on the monorail if you don’t want to buy paper tickets.
Note: If you’re flying out of Haneda Airport, make sure that you disembark at the right terminal. The monorail will stop at the International Terminal first, followed by Terminal 1 (JAL, Skymark and most other airlines) and then Terminal 2 (ANA & Air Do Domestic Flights).
The Keikyu Line trains from Haneda head in two different directions, so double-check that you’re getting on the right one. Most go northeast to Shinagawa (13 minutes away), but some head southwest to Yokohama (20-25 minutes away). Taking the Keikyu Line from Haneda Airport to Shinagawa works out a fraction cheaper than the monorail at ¥410 (it’s ¥450 to Yokohama). After 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 Keikyu has over the monorail is their 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 in about 40 minutes, for a total of ¥620. The express runs about every 15 minutes during peak times and slightly less frequently at off-peak times.
Like the Limousine Bus from Narita, this is not quite as flash as it sounds—it’s really just a coach bus that goes directly to major hotels and train stations in a large number of areas, and 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. The limo bus is an excellent transport option if you’re traveling with kids and/or a lot of luggage.
The fares range from about ¥720 to ¥1,200 per person. For example, the fare to T-CAT (the Tokyo City Air Terminal) under Suitengumae Station is ¥820, it’s ¥930 to Asakusa and Tokyo Station, ¥1,030 to Shibuya, ¥1,130 to Roppongi/Akasaka and ¥1,230 to Shinjuku. Kids are roughly half price. Cheapo tip: You can save time and stress by booking tickets online before you fly.
Note: If you’re landing well after pumpkin hour, then the night bus or a taxi are your only options. Generally, you can double the fares above for the (few) buses that run between midnight and 5 am. See our late-night transfer guide for more information.
Bad luck if you were hoping to use your JR 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 two-station/130-yen trip!
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This post is updated regularly. Last update: October 2017 by Carey Finn.
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