Navigating from Narita and Haneda Airports to Tokyo Hotels: A Comprehensive Guide

When traveling to Japan, many international visitors choose Tokyo as their base. As such, understanding how to navigate from the airports to the central hotel areas in Tokyo is crucial. Considering the various transportation options available, this article aims to provide a comprehensive guide to help you choose the best method based on your needs.

Access from Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport, located about 20 kilometers from central Tokyo, offers multiple transportation options to take you to your destination in around 30 minutes under optimal traffic conditions​​.


The Tokyo Monorail is a cost-effective and fast option, with tickets to the terminal at Hamamatsuchō costing 500 JPY for adults and 250 JPY for children. The journey to Tokyo Station takes between 19 to 24 minutes, depending on which terminal station you board. Most destinations in central Tokyo are about 30 minutes away. Taking into account all major Tokyo areas where the most popular hotels are located, your journey will be 45 minutes at most, transfering at Hamamatsuchō for onward travel on local train and subway lines​​.

Tracks of the Tokyo Monorail at Haneda Airport.


Taxis, while generally available outside the airport, are best suited for groups or those with heavy luggage. A regular taxi to central Tokyo costs somewhere between 7,000 JPY to 9,000 JPY depending on which area your hotel is, excluding tolls and evening surcharges. Prebooked taxis are also available. Depending on the service you use, costs range anywhere between 7,000 JPY to 9,000 JPY per vehicle to around 15,000 JPY per vehicle, providing an easier and more convenient experience, especially for groups​. You can expect to pay more for other areas of Tokyo further away from the airport. Uber is also available in Japan, although it may take longer for your car to arrive than may be the case in other countries where the service is more popular.

Taxis parked at Haneda Airport.

Shuttle Bus

The Airport Limousine Bus is an excellent choice for its convenience and value, especially if you’re traveling with children or a lot of luggage. Fares range from 900 JPY to 1,500 JPY for adults and half off for children, and the bus goes directly to major hotels and train stations in Tokyo. You can also purchase discount tickets combining shuttle bus and subway usage for various periods of time.

The Airport Limousine shuttle bus stop at Haneda Airport.

Keikyu also runs a fleet of limousine buses. Tickets cost between 590 JPY and 1,400 JPY for Yokohama, Tokyo Disneyland and central destinations in the Tokyo area and between 1,500 JPY and 2,600 JPY for popular destinations in outlying prefectures like Kamakura, Hakone and Mt. Fuji.

Access from Narita Airport

Narita Airport, located approximately 60 kilometers from central Tokyo, offers several transportation options to take you to your destination.


There are several train options available to you from Narita Airport.

The Keisei Skyliner Express is a high-speed train that runs from Narita Airport to Nippori and Ueno stations in Tokyo. The journey takes about 36 minutes to Nippori and 41 minutes to Ueno, with tickets costing around 2,570 JPY​ for adults and 1,290 JPY for children.

One of the stations at Narita Airport on the Skyliner Route.

The Narita Express (N’EX) is another option, which offers a comfortable ride to several major stations in Tokyo, including Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Yokohama. The minimum time to Tokyo Station is approximately 50 minutes, and a one-way ticket costs around 3,070 JPY for ordinary seating and 5,340 JPY for Green Car seats​, with fares to other Toyko destinations costing a few hundred yen more. There’s also a discounted round-trip ticket available to holders of non-Japanese passports for 4,070 JPY.

You can board the Narita Express from Narita Airport.

Shuttle Bus

Express Buses run from Narita Airport to Shinjuku and other main stations and hotels, as well as to the Tokyo Disney Resort and other sightseeing areas​​. For example, the Airport Bus provides services from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station and Ginza Station, with a minimum journey time of approximately 62 minutes and a fare of 1,300 JPY​. Meanwhile, the Airport Limousine Bus costs 2,800 JPY to Tokyo City Air Terminal and 1,400 JPY for children 12 or under.

Tokyo City Air Terminal where shuttle buses to and from Haneda and Narita Airports converge.


Taxis are available from Narita Airport to various zones in Tokyo, with fixed fares as well as meter rates. Depending on the zone of your destination in Tokyo and the route chosen, meter rates will cost between 27,000 JPY and 32,000 JPY while fixed fares range from 19,500 JPY to 32,500 JPY, depending on your destination in Tokyo. Please note that highway tolls, late-night and early-morning surcharges, and other actual charges incurred are the responsibility of the passenger in addition to the fixed fare. As with Haneda Airport, Uber is also an option.

Navigating Your Way Around Tokyo

Once in Tokyo, navigating your way around the city is relatively straightforward. The city’s public transport system is remarkably efficient and comprehensive. The rail network, consisting of JR lines, private railways, and subway lines, covers the vast metropolitan area. Various day passes can be an economical choice for visitors who plan to travel extensively within the city.

Tokyo’s public transport system is efficient and comprehensive.

The Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines together cover the inner city areas and the metropolitan outskirts. These lines often work as quick alternatives to the JR lines. Buses, although slower than the rail systems, complement the train and subway networks, covering areas that trains don’t reach. For more information, see our article here.

Choosing the Best Option

While the train options are certainly the cheapest, navigating train stations with luggage can be stressful. Therefore, shuttle buses, which can get you to the doorstep of your accommodation without the need for transfers, come highly recommended. If you’re traveling in a group, a pre-booked taxi can be a good option for similar reasons, although you’ll pay more for the comfort and convenience​.

After midnight, the night Airport Limousine Bus or an airport taxi are your only options. You can generally double the fares for the buses that run between midnight and 5 a.m., and taxis carry a surcharge during this time​.

In conclusion, navigating Tokyo’s airports to the city center might seem overwhelming at first, but a variety of options cater to every traveler’s needs. For cost efficiency, the monorail or train services are optimal. If convenience is your priority, consider shuttle buses or prebooked taxis. Remember, every choice is designed to provide a comfortable transit experience, setting a positive tone for your stay in the vibrant city of Tokyo. Safe travels!