The Best Way to Get from Haneda and Narita Airports to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

The Best Way to Get from Haneda and Narita Airports to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Japan is, together with the United States, France, China, and Hong Kong, one of the few countries in the world where you can find Disney theme parks. More specifically, its home to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea known together as Tokyo Disney Resort.

While most people make their way to the theme parks (which, unlike their names suggest are in Chiba next to Tokyo rather than in Tokyo itself) from Tokyo, if you are on this page, you are likely planning to go meet Mickey Mouse straight from the airport. Or to head straight to the airport from one of the parks.

If that’s the case, then by far the easiest way (and more or less the only way you should be considering) to get to Tokyo Disney Resort from both Haneda as well as Narita airport is to take the direct “Friendly Airport Limousine” bus.

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Getting Around Tokyo Disney Resort

While the buses I mention further will take you to the park that you want to visit, you might also want to move between the two parks and other facilities in the resort. As such, before taking a closer look at how to get from the two Tokyo airports to the Disney parks, let’s take a quick look at how to get around the resort itself.

Roughly speaking, Tokyo Disney Resort consists of four different parts corresponding to four different stops on the Disney Resort Line – a monorail operating around the resort:

  • Ikspiari – This is essentially a shopping mall that is located right in front of Maihama station which you would use to get to Disneyland if you were coming by train from Tokyo. As such, it’s the main access point to the resort. One of the four Disney Hotels, Disney Ambassador Hotel can be found here.
  • Tokyo Disneyland – The older of the two parks with rides and other attractions designed to make you feel like you are in a Disney fantasy world. Tokyo Disneyland Hotel can be found right across from its entrance.
  • Tokyo DisneySea – The newer of the two parks with, unsurprisingly, many marine-themed rides and attractions. Overall, the park is designed to make the visitors feel like they’re traveling around the world. Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta can be found here as well.
  • Bay Side Area – This area is, looking from Ikspiari, behind the two parks and is where official hotels of the resort including Hilton, Sheraton, Okura, and so on can be found.

Getting from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Disney Resort

As you might already suspect, one way of getting between the different areas is using the monorail. Keep in mind that it only runs in one direction. As such, while – for example – getting from Ikspiari to Disneyland is just a brief ride, when going from Disneyland back to Ikspiari, you have to make the full circle.

The other option is to simply walk. Walking from Ikspiari to Disneyland takes about ten minutes, and to DisneySea only a bit longer than that.

If you are staying at one of the official hotels in the Bay Side area, you will need to take the monorail to Bay Side Station from where you can either walk to your hotel or catch a shuttle bus.

Getting from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Disney Resort

As mentioned in the introduction, the best way to get from Haneda airport to Tokyo Disney Resort is using the frequent “Friendly Airport Limousine” bus. Not only is the bus roughly the same price than the train, it is also much more convenient.

The biggest advantage is, of course, the fact that you don’t have to transfer numerous times like you would if taking the train. Another advantage is that the bus (except for some frequencies) stops not only at both of the parks and Ikspiari, but also at all the official hotels. And so, it lets you avoid having to get from the train station which is essentially far rom everything to wherever in the resort you need to go.

The bus runs every ten minutes or so during the day (less frequently early in the morning and late at night). And, it takes around 30 minutes to get from Haneda airport to Tokyo Disneyland, and a bit more than that to reach all the other stops including Tokyo DisneySea.

A one-way ticket from Haneda airport to any of the stops in the resort costs 830 yen (about 8 dollars) for adults and 420 yen (about 4 dollars) for children. You can either buy it online beforehand or at the Airport Limousine ticket offices that can be found in the arrival hall of each of Haneda’s terminals.

To check the latest schedule and book your tickets, check the Airport Limousine bus website.

Getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo Disney Resort

If you are arriving at Narita airport, the same as with Haneda applies – you are best off taking the Airport Limousine bus if you are headed straight to Tokyo Disney Resort.

While the bus takes longer than it does from Haneda, is more expensive, and runs less frequently, it is still the most convenient way to get from Narita to Disneyland or DisneySea. And, just like the bus from Haneda, (with some exceptions) it stops at both of the parks, Ikspiari, as well as all of the hotels.

Getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo Disney Resort

The bus runs once or twice every hour, and the trip from Narita airport to Tokyo Disneyland takes about an hour. It takes a few minutes longer if you are going to one of the hotels or Tokyo DisneySea.

A one-way ticket from Narita airport to any of the stops in the resort costs 1,800 yen (about 18 dollars) for adults and 900 yen (about 9 dollars) for children. While technically this is a promotional fare (discounted from the full fare of 2,450 yen), the “promotion” has been going on for the last two years and there don’t seem to be any plans for it to stop anytime soon.

Just like with the bus from Haneda, the tickets can be booked either online or at the airport ticket offices.

To check the latest schedule and book your tickets, check the Airport Limousine bus website.

Summary

Whether you are planning to stay at one of the Tokyo Disney Resort hotels or plan to spend just a day at one of the parks, you might be able to save some time by heading to the resort straight from the airport.

Luckily, there are frequent direct bus services to Tokyo Disney Resort from both Haneda airport and Narita airport. In spite of costing roughly the same as train, they are much more comfortable and convenient.

Not only because you are guaranteed to get a seat, but also because they stop directly at the parks rather than at the central station that the train stops at. And, if you are spending the night, they even stop at each of the official hotels at the resort.

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