First time Japan visitors often ask, “Which airport in Tokyo should I fly into, Narita or Haneda?” This is a tough questions as there is no easy answer. Both airports are world class. They offer great services and some of the best on-time performances of any airport in the world.
Narita International Airport
Narita International Airport is located further from central Tokyo than Haneda International Airport. Almost all international flights lad at this airport. There are plenty of public transportation option to reach central Tokyo from the airport including the JR Narita Express, the Keisei Skyliner, buses, taxis and even helicopters.
If you fly into Tokyo from the United States or other international destinations, then you will most likely land at Narita International Airport which is located 37 miles (60 kilometers) east of central Tokyo. Narita is the main international hub for Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways. In additional it serves as the international hub for United and Delta.
There are several methods of getting from Narita Airport to central Tokyo. They are:
- Narita Express Train – this train stops at major stations across Tokyo including Tokyo Station, Shibuya Station, Shinjuk Station and Ikebukuro. Certain trains continue on to Yokohama, Tosuka and Ofuna. Prices and times vary by your final destination and if you are traveling in high or low season
- Narita Line Rapid Train – this train leave Narita and head toward Chiba Station and continues on the Sobu Line to Tokyo Station. The journey take 90 minutes with one departure per hour.
- Keisei Skyliner is one of the quickest transportation option into Central Tokyo. There are 3 departing trains per hour on its way to Nippori Station and Keisei-Ueno Station.
- Keisei Narita Sky Access Line offers direct access to Nippori Station and Keisei Ueno Station. It is less frequent and slower than the Skyline. The Access Express also offers direct access to station in eastern Tokyo including Oshiage Station, Asakusa Station, Higashi-Ginza Station and Haneda Airport. Other destination will require a transfer.
- Keisei Main Line (Limited Express) – is the slowest and cheapeast of the Keisei train options from Narita Airport. The line runs the same route as the Access Express Lin but with more frequent stops and many stations will require a transfer.
- Bus – Many bus companies offer direct connections to various locations all across Tokyo and nearby prefectures. Buses depart from the bus lane on the first floor of each terminal.
- Taxi – while taxis are available at the Narita Airport it is a 60 mile trip to central Tokyo which will be quite expensive.
Haneda International Airport
Tokyo International Airport, more commonly called Haneda International Airport is located 8 miles (14 kilometers) south of Tokyo Station. Almost all domestic flights departing and arriving in Tokyo are serve by Haneda Airport. The airport serves as the primary base of Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways in addition to smaller airlines including Solaseed Air, Air Do, Skymark Airlines and StarFlyer.
There are several options to get from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo.
- Keikyu Line will take you to the Shinagawa Station where you will transfer to JR Yamanote Line to reach Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station or Shibuya Station.
- Tokyo Monorail – the monorail w=ill take you to the Hamamatsucho Station where you can transfer to the JR Yamanote Line to reach other stations.
- Keikyu Limousine Bus – provides direct access to destinations across the Greater Tokyo Area and beyond. The destinations served by the Keikyu Limousine Bus are limited and may require additional train or metro line transfers to reach your final destination
- Keikyu Taxi – if you will be arriving early or late o the Haneda Airport and don’t want to deal with the hassle of public transporation this could be for you. Keikyu Taxi offers set fares which increase late at night and early in the morning.