My flight is Osaka-Tokyo (Haneda), eta 12:20pm and Tokyo (Narita)-Kuala Kumpur etd 5pm. Do I have enough time to transit and what is the best way to Narita airport from Haneda?

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    Related question travel.stackexchange.com/questions/30779/… – Traveller Dec 3 '19 at 13:56
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    The answer has a large opinion component to it, as it depends a lot on what your comfort zone is. Personally I have done that connection many times, and would not be at all concerned if I had 4.5 hrs to make the connection. But I am also familiar with both airports, speak/read Japanese, etc. – Gene Dec 3 '19 at 16:01
  • Are both flights on the same ticket? Do you cleave checked luggage? What airline(s) are you flying? – jcaron Dec 3 '19 at 17:44

There is a shuttle bus which costs 3,100 Yen and takes approximately 80 minutes (but this is heavily traffic dependent and could thus take longer). The train would take nearer to two hours, but is fairly predictable in terms of journey time.

Add in time to get from the plane to baggage reclaim to the mode of public transport, and adding in an assumption that you want to arrive in Narita a minimum of two hours before your flight, and this leaves you with almost no scope for any delays of any kind (long check-in/security lines, missed train/bus connections, late flight from Osaka, baggage reclaim in Haneda taking forever, etc.)

If these are on one ticket, confirm with the airline what the expectation is on you to transfer (especially, determine whose liability missing hte second flight would be).

If they are seperate tickets, why not consider Shinkansen + Express train? They are more frequent and will remove a lot of the unknowns.

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    "adding in an assumption that you want to arrive in Narita a minimum of two hours before your flight" Why would anyone want to do that? – fkraiem Dec 3 '19 at 15:01
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    @fkraiem is that sarcasm? You can't just show up at the departure time (when the plane is taking off from the ground without you). – kiradotee Dec 3 '19 at 15:27
  • Regarding the bus, would this journey in early afternoon (away from rush hours) be a quiet time? Although there's a risk of delays/roadworks/accidents at any time, obviously. – Stuart F Dec 3 '19 at 16:09
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    There are no Shinkansen that would be a part of this trip. – paullb Dec 4 '19 at 5:20
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    @paullb And my suggestion was to travel from Osaka to Tokyo by Shinkansen rather than by air. Solving an issue by changing plans so as never to encounter it is always something to consider. – Richard Dec 4 '19 at 16:02

ANA has a table on the minimum connecting time at Japan Domestic airports.

It recommends at least 180 minutes (3 hours) for domestic-to-international transit between Haneda and Narita.

In your case, you should be able to catch your flight, if everything is running on time.

An alternative is to book your first leg of the flight straight into Narita, which should make the transit easier.


Yes, this should be plenty of time, there are busses and trains (I would generally recommend the train as it is more reliable) that run between the two airports without any changes.

For example: the 13h02 train leaving Haneda would get to Narita at 14h37 giving you plent of time to check in.

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