I arrive at Narita airport (NRT), want to go to Shibuya then to Haneda Airport (HND) how can I get to these places in one day?

  • I am confused. One day? Even the cheapest/slowest transit from Narita to Shibuya takes but 1:35 and from Shibuya to Haneda 57 minutes. Why is this question about one day? – chx Apr 17 '16 at 15:39
  • Thank you for your reply, I was not sure if I could go to Shibuya station from NRT were I arrive then go from Shibuya station to HND to take a flight out that night. I only have a 6 hr layover that is why I mentioned "in one day" – Liza B Apr 20 '16 at 4:18
  • If you only have 6 hrs you barely have enough time for a transfer. If you have your bags checked through and the ongoing airline allows online check-in you may get away with having to be at the check-in counter 90 mins before your flight but you would likely only have 1.5-2hrs max if you managed to get to Shibuya and then tried to get to Haneda. Assuming movement times of 30 mins at airports, NRT (30mins to get out) + 100 mins train to Shibuya (similar for the bus) + 60 mins for train / bus to Haneda + 60 mins check-in / customs / immigration + 45mins ...cont. – The Wandering Coder May 25 '16 at 1:14
  • cont. ...(you have to be at the gate as boarding for your flight commences). That leaves you a shakey hour at best. This assumes you have no problems with connections / traffic / navigating the confusing street and underground layouts of Tokyo. Best to err on the side of caution and give it a miss. – The Wandering Coder May 25 '16 at 1:19

It's possible, but you're not going to have a lot of time if you only have 6 hours to do it in, and I would not attempt this if you have a lot of bags to drag around.

Narita to Shibuya is about 80 minutes by Narita Express, although beware that not all N'EX trains stop at Shibuya, meaning you may have a wait of up to 30 minutes. There are other options (bus, connecting trains, etc), but none are meaningfully faster.

From Shibuya to Haneda, there are at least three different ways:

  1. Easiest: Limousine Bus direct, every 30-60 min, just under an hour (assuming no traffic)
  2. Fastest: JR Yamanote Line to Shinagawa, transfer to Keikyu to airport, total ~36 min. Beware that Shinagawa is a large station and finding the right train may be challenging.
  3. Most fun: JR Yamanote Line to Hamamatsucho, transfer to Tokyo Monorail to airport, total ~44 min. This transfer is much easier, as the station is small and all monorails go to the airport, and the views from the monorail are great.

I'd allocate at least 3 hours in travel time alone. Add in one hour at Narita for immigration etc and another at Haneda for check-in etc (are you flying domestic or int'l?), and that leaves you with around one hour actually in Shibuya.

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    Barely enough time for a coffee, if the 15 minute wait at Starbucks is anything to go by. – The Wandering Coder Jun 20 '16 at 5:46

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