As a mom of four, frequent traveler, blogger, and AirBnB host I am asked at least once a day how to get to and from Haneda and Narita Airports for families. Since there are so many options, it is not an easy answer. However, the good thing is that there are options and price points for all. Also note if you have too many bags to carry, it is super easy and convenient to ship your bags from the airport arrival area to your hotel to arrive within 24 hours in most cases for 1,000-2,000 yen a bag. Here is a list of baggage shipping service in the arrival areas of Narita Airport and Haneda Airport.
To and From Haneda and Narita Airports – Best Transport for Families
How to Get To & From Narita Airport – Narita Airport is about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from downtown Tokyo, so it usually takes 1-2 hours to get to and from Haneda and Narita Airports.
- Narita Airport Long-term Parking – If you have a car and are going away for a 1-2 week trip and have a lot of luggage, I highly recommend driving your car to Narita and parking at one of the long-term parking lots. The
service for long-term-parking is such a luxury in Japan. Make a reservation and when you are approaching the airport just call, and the parking attendant will meet you at the departure island and take your car from you. When returning and out of customs, call and they will meet you with your car at arrival. Here is our list of recommended long-term parking services at Narita with costs and contact details.
2. Taxi Van to and from Narita – This is the most costly transport but also the most convenient if you have many family members and lot of luggage. A blessing if you and the kids are exhausted. Vans must be reserved in advance. The cost is usually a flat rate depending on where you live in the Tokyo area; usually between 25,000 – 33,000 JPY for a van (6-8 people), and 18,000 – 25,000 for a sedan (3-4 people). I recommend MK Taxi or Tokyo-Taxi who both have great service and English speakers.
3. NEX (Narita Express Train) to stations in Tokyo and Yokohama – If you do not have a lot of bags and are staying in central Tokyo or Yokohama, the NEX is the fastest option. The NEX goes to various stations (Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Yokohama, and Ofuna) so make sure you check the schedule and get on the correct train. Takes 60- 70 mins. The NEX leaves from under the arrival terminal, so you do not need to leave the airport – very easy. The one-way ticket cost about 3,000 yen for 11+ – adults and 1,50o JPY for 6-11 years, kids 5 and under free. If you are a visitor to Japan and plan to travel round trip to Narita, buy the round-trip ticket which will save you about 33%. Baby and kid friendly bathrooms. https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex_round.html. Time tables are here.
4. Narita Limousine Bus – Great alternative if you are staying at or near a major hotel in Tokyo. I find this option relaxing if you have lots of bags, although transport time is 85-120 mins. A one-way ticket costs 3,100 JPY for 12+ – Adult, 1,550 JPY for children 6-12 years, free for under six if on your lap. If you want a seat for your under six years old, you need to buy a 1/2 price children ticket, although I do not recommend this if your child is over two years of your comfort. If you are a visitor and plan to travel round-trip on the Limousine bus, I recommend you buy the discounted round-trip ticket to save about 30%. When you exit customs with your bags, you will be facing the Limousine Bus ticket counter where you can buy a ticket for the next bus to your desired hotel the buses arrive directly outside the lobby doors. All bus info here for both Narita and Haneda Airport. Buses have toilets. http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/.
5. Keisei Sky Liner and Access Express Trains – Keisei offers two train options. Sky Liner to Ueno where you can jump on various train lines to destinations in central Tokyo, or the Access Express Train, which goes to Asakusa, Ginza, Shinbashi and Shinagawa. Skyliner Ueno <-> Narita is 1,240 JPY for adult, and 620 JPY for children under 12 years. Depending on destination the Access Express ticket is 1,200 – 1,500 JPY for adults and 1/2 of the adult price for children 12 and under. Depending on the destination it takes 40- 75 mins. The Keisei trains leave from under Narita Airport. There are various Keisei Trains routes so make sure you are on the correct one. Train has toilets. Here are details for the Keisei train http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/index.php
6. Access Tokyo Bus – This is the cheapest option to one stop in the Ginza. Cost one-way is 1,000 JPY for adults and 500 JPY for children. The bus leaves from the Narita curbside and from the Ginza (outside the Yurakucho station) about every 15-30 mins. Tickets can be bought on the bus; no reservations are needed. The first bus from Narita is at 7:30 and last bus depart Naria at 22:45. The bus takes approximately 90 mins. Here is are details on the Access Tokyo Bus. http://accessnarita.jp/en/home/
How to Get To & From Haneda Airport – Haneda Airport is about 14 kilometres (8 miles) from downtown Tokyo, so it usually takes 25-45 mins to get to and from Haneda and Narita Airports for Families.
1. Taxi Van to and from Haneda – If you are more than four people and have luggage, a taxi is a great option and not two pricey. Also if you are departing or arriving late at night or early morning this may be the only option. Vans must be reserved in advance. Taxi will cost between 5,000 – 8,000 JPY depending on destination. I recommend MK Taxi or Tokyo-Taxi who both have great service and English speakers.
2. The Tokyo Monorail from Haneda to Hamatsucho Station – Four stops from the Haneda airport terminals to Hamamatsucho station on the Yamanote Line. Takes about 15-20 mins and costs 500 JPY for adults and 250 JPY for kids under 12 years. The train leaves Haneda every 3-5 mins. From Hamatsucho Station you can take the Yamanote Line (green train line) to many stations in Tokyo. No toilets on the monorail. Here are details for the Tokyo Monorail. http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/english/
3. Keikyu Train Line from Haenda to Shinagawa Station – This train gives you quick access from Shinagawa station to Haneda Station. Takes about 20 mins and costs 410 JPY for adults and200 JPY for kids under 12 years. The train leaves Haneda/Shinagawa every 5-10 mins. From Shinagawa Station you can take the Yamanote Line (green train line) to many stations in Tokyo, as well as catch the Shinkansen and many other train lines. Here are details for the Keikyu train http://www.haneda-tokyo-access.com/
4. Haneda Limousine Bus – If you just have too many bags to take the train and are staying at, or near a major hotel in Tokyo this may be the option for you. Vs. trains and taxi this option is quite long, about 65-85 mins. A one-way ticket costs 1,130 JPY for 12+ – Adult, 570 JPY for children 6-12 years, free for under six if on your lap. If you want a seat for your under six years old, you need to buy a 1/2 price children ticket. All bus info here for both Narita and Haneda Airport. http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/.
To and From Haneda and Narita Airports – Best Transport for Families
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