Keikyu Line (from/to Haneda Airport)
The Keikyu Line is a private railway running from Shinagawa Station to Yokohama and onto Uraga Station in Kanagawa. Along main line, several smaller lines branch-off including the convenient Keikyu Airport Line to Haneda Airport via Keikyu Kamata Station.
As such, the Keikyu Line is one of two train lines running to Haneda Airport – along with the Tokyo Monorail from Hamamatsucho Station. Most passengers heading to the airport using the Keikyu Line will do so from Shinagawa Station from where multiple train lines put other areas of city within easy reach including Tokyo Station/Marunouchi, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ueno and beyond.
There are two stations at the airport located at Terminal 1/2 and Terminal 3. Services run regularly throughout the day, approximately every 10 minutes between the hours of 05:00 and 24:00/midnight. The earliest service departs Haneda around 05:30 (bound for Shinagawa) or departs Shinagawa around 05:00 (bound for Haneda). The latest services depart both Haneda and Shinagawa around midnight. The journey from the airport to Shinagawa takes as little as 13-minutes but more likely around 20-minutes.
For international visitors, it is important to note that the Keikyu Line is not covered by any Japan Rail (JR) Pass. The Tokyo Monorail is however covered, making it an attractive transport option for pass-holders.
Types of Carriages & Seating
As a regular inner-city train service, services on the Keikyu Line are non-reserved with many people using the line to go about their daily business. At peak hour navigating your way on and off with luggage can be challenging.
Having said that it is still relatively easy to use. As an inner-city service, reservation is not possible (or necessary) and there is no difference between carriages. Bench seats run along the sides of the carriages with small overhead storage shelves. There are no toilets on the train.
Accessing the Keikyu Line at Haneda Airport
There are two Keikyu stations/platforms at the airport – at Terminal 1/2 and Terminal 3. The station referred to Terminal 1/2 is located underground between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and can be accessed by descending from the upper floors of the terminals – departures are on 2F and arrivals on 1F – to the underground floor of B1F at which point tickets can be purchased and the platform accessed. There is a moving walkway in B1F to make the journey easy and comfortable.
For passengers using the station at Terminal 3, it couldn’t be easier. At arrivals – 2F – walk straight you will see a sign on your right for ‘Keikyu Railways’. Ticket machines will be immediately obvious with station attendants including foreign language-speakers on-hand to assist. The platform is accessible through the ticket gates. For passengers arriving at Terminal 3 to take a flight, the departures lobby/check-in desks are on the floor above, 3F. or further details, see the official Keikyu website.
Onward Travel from Shinagawa Station
The Keikyu Line runs to Shinagawa Station. Once at Shinagawa, it will be necessary to switch to other lines to reach other areas of Tokyo. Here are some of the most popular destinations in the city:
Tokyo Station: at Shinagawa, transfer to the Yamanote Line bound for Osaki and disembark at Tokyo – a total journey of around 30-minutes / JPY470 one-way from Haneda.
Multiple shinkansen lines operate from Tokyo Station including the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Kanazawa via Nagano.
Ueno Station: at Shinagawa, transfer to the Yamanote Line bound for Osaki and disembark at Ueno – a total journey time of 35 to 40-minutes / JPY500 one-way from Haneda. Like Tokyo, multiple shinkansen lines operate from Ueno including the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Nagano. If you are heading straight to a shinkansen however, heading to Tokyo Station will be more convenient.
Shinjuku Station: at Shinagawa, transfer to the Yamanote Line bound for Osaki and stay on the train as it passes Osaki – it is a loop line so keeps going round – and disembark at Shinjuku Station – a total journey of around 35-minutes / JPY500 one-way from Haneda.
Shinjuku Station does not have any shinkansen services however visitors heading to Central Japan can use the Limited Express Azusa service to reach Matsumoto from Shinjuku.
Ticketing & Travel Passes
Tickets are purchased from the ticket machines or window at the airport terminals or connecting stations. From either platform at the airport, a one-way journey to Shinagawa Station costs JPY300 one-way. If you require assistance, attendants are on-hand with English and other foreign language-speaking staff always happy to assist.
Services on the Keikyu Line are not covered by any Japan Rail (JR) Pass. However, the Tokyo Monorail is covered, making it a convenient option for many international visitors.