How to get from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo? Compare Keikyu Line/Monorail/Limousine Bus

2023-12-29

There are many options for transportation from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo, such as the Keikyu Line, Monorail, and Limousine bus.

This time, I would like to introduce the merits and demerits of the Keikyu Line, Monorail, and Limousine bus, and compare them to help you make the best choice for yourself.

If you are planning a trip from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo, please read this article to the end.

How to get from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo

Haneda Airport (official name: Tokyo International Airport) is the closest major airport to central Tokyo and is also the largest airport in Japan. Many domestic and international flights are in service at Haneda Airport, making it a very convenient airport not only for travelers heading to Tokyo, but also for travelers heading to other parts of Japan from Tokyo.

Haneda Airport has three terminals: Terminal 1 (T1), where mainly JAL domestic flights arrive and depart, Terminal 2 (T2), where mainly ANA domestic flights arrive and depart, and Terminal 3 (T3), where mainly international flights arrive and depart. From each terminal you can move to central Tokyo by public transportation.

There are three ways to travel from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo by public transportation: the Keikyu Line (Keikyu Railway), the Monorail (Tokyo Monorail), and the Limousine bus (Tokyo Airport Transportation). Below are the pros and cons of each.

1. Keikyu Line (Keihin Railway)

The stations of the Keikyu Line that can be used from Haneda Airport are “Haneda Airport Terminal 1 and 2 Station", which is the nearest from Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2), and “Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station", which is the nearest station from Terminal 3 (T3).

Keikyu Line trains heading for central Tokyo start at Haneda Airport Terminal 1 and 2 Station, and they stop at the next station is Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station, Keikyu Kamata Station, and Shinagawa Station. Some trains go through to the Toei Asakusa Line after Shinagawa Station and can directly reach to Shimbashi, Nihonbashi, Asakusa, etc. without changing trains.

From Haneda Airport Terminals 1 and 2 Station to Shinagawa Station, which is the nearest station in central Tokyo, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and the fare is 292 yen (when using a transportation IC).

Merits of the Keikyu Line

Big merits of the Keikyu Line is that it is the fastest route from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo (15 minutes when using a rapid train) and its fare is the cheapest (292 yen when using a transportation IC).

Also, from Shinagawa Station, you can directly go through to the Toei Asakusa Line, so you can go to Shimbashi Station, Nihonbashi Station, Asakusa Station, etc. without changing trains.

Furthermore, among the trains departing from Haneda Airport, two or three trains per hour (such as “Zushi-Hayama bound") head toward Yokohama after stopping at Keikyu Kamata Station. If you use the Keikyu Line, it is a great advantage that you can go not only to central Tokyo but also to Yokohama without changing trains.

Demerits of the Keikyu Line

If you use the Keikyu Line, you can go not only from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo but also to Yokohama without changing trains. It is also a disadvantage that there is a risk of going to the wrong direction.

The same mistakes can happen when traveling from central Tokyo, like Shinagawa Station, to Haneda Airport.

Another disadvantage of the Keikyu Line is that you have to get on a crowded train with large luggage such as a suitcase.

2. Monorail (Tokyo Monorail)

The Monorail stations that can be used from Haneda Airport are “Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station" closest to Terminal 1 (T1), “Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station" closest to Terminal 2 (T2), and “Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station" closest to Terminal 3 (T3).

Monorail trains heading to central Tokyo start at Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station, the next station is Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station, the next is Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station, and the final stop is Hamamatsucho Station.

From Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station to Hamamatsucho Station, the terminal station in central Tokyo, it takes 19 to 27 minutes, and the fare is 492 yen (when using a transportation IC).

Although it is a limited sale on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, there is a ticket called “Monorail & Yamanote Line Discount ticket". This is a great deal of 500 yen no matter where you get off at any station on the JR Yamanote Line by changing at Hamamatsucho Station from Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station, Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station, or Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station on the Monorail. Tickets can be purchased at automatic ticket vending machines at Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station, Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station, and Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station.

For example, if you take the monorail from Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station, change to the JR Yamanote Line at Hamamatsucho Station, and go to Ikebukuro Station, it will cost 756 yen by using the transportation IC. But if you use the “Monorail & Yamanote Line Discount Ticket", it will cost you just 500 yen, saving you 256 yen.

Merits of Monorail

All Monorail trains from Haneda Airport sides go to Hamamatsucho Station. Conversely, all trains from Hamamatsucho Station on the central Tokyo side always go to each terminal at Haneda Airport. Therefore, there is no need to check the destination of the Monorail train you are going to get on one by one.

Also, since there is only one destination on the central Tokyo side, Hamamatsucho Station, it is easy to understand without getting lost even if you are not familiar with Tokyo.

It may be because the fare is higher than the Keikyu line, but the Monorail is often vacant compared to the Keikyu line. If you are traveling with large luggage such as a suitcase, the Monorail is often more convenient than the Keikyu Line.

The biggest advantage of the Monorail in my opinion is that the scenery is good. It runs on overpasses with good views, and there are many sections along the canal that lead to Tokyo Bay, so the night view is especially beautiful. You can also enjoy the front view from the front car.

Demerits of Monorail

One of the disadvantages of the Monorail is that the fares are expensive, even though the travel time to central Tokyo is about the same as the Keikyu Line. (However, if you use the “Monorail & Yamanote Line Discount ticket" and your destination is Ikebukuro Station, there are cases where the monorail is cheaper.)

Another disadvantage of the Monorail is that the only destination from Haneda Airport is Hamamatsucho Station, and if you go to Yokohama, you will have to make a long detour.

3. Limousine Bus (Tokyo Airport Transportation)

Limousine bus stops available from Haneda Airport are “Haneda Airport Terminal 1" nearest from Terminal 1 (T1), “Haneda Airport Terminal 2" nearest from Terminal 2 (T2), and “Haneda Airport Terminal 3" nearest from Terminal 3 (T3).

The Limousine bus heading to central Tokyo starts from Haneda Airport Terminal 3, the next bus stop is Haneda Airport Terminal 2, the next is Haneda Airport Terminal 1. After stopping at Haneda Airport Terminal 1, some buses head to Shinjuku Station and then major hotels in Shinjuku. There are other buses heading to Ikebukuro Station and major hotels in Ikebukuro, and the other buses heading to other major spots and hotels in Tokyo.

For example, from Haneda Airport Terminal 3 to Shinjuku Bus Terminal (Busta Shinjuku), it takes about 1 hour and the fare is 1,300 yen.

Merits of Limousine Bus

Limousine buses run from Haneda Airport to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and other major spots in central Tokyo, as well as major hotels.

In addition, you can always take a seat on the Limousine bus, and you can leave large luggage such as suitcases in the trunk of the Limousine bus, so it is very comfortable to ride Limousin bus compared to the Keikyu Line or Monorail.

Demerits of Limousine Bus

The disadvantage of the Limousine bus is that the fare is high, and it takes time and is prone to delays due to traffic congestion. When heading to Haneda Airport, we recommend using the Limousine bus with a schedule that allows plenty of time for your flight.

Best choice for you

As mentioned above, there are three main methods of access by public transportation between Haneda Airport and central Tokyo: the Keikyu Line, the Monorail, and the Limousine bus, each of which has its merits and demerits.

For example, if you want to focus on low fares and punctuality, I think the Keikyu Line or Monorail is good, and if you want to move comfortably anyway, the Limousine bus is recommended.

Alternatively, if you want to enjoy the scenery from the train window, the Monorail is recommended, and if you want to go directly to sightseeing spots such as Ginza and Asakusa, the Keikyu Line is recommended.

We recommend that you make the best choice for your travel plans.

Conclusion

This time, I introduced the merits and demerits of the Keikyu Line, Monorail, and Limousine bus.

By comparing these pros and cons, make the best choice for your travel plans.

Have a nice trip!