After a long-haul flight to Narita or Haneda Airport (or a train ride from within Japan), you still need to figure out how to get to Tokyo Disney Resort. Don’t worry, I’m here to tell you some of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to the resort. The last thing you want is the stress of figuring out the trains or buses when you’re exhausted.
Alright, let’s take a look at your options for getting to Tokyo Disney Resort!
You have a few options to get to the resort. The majority of us will take either the train, bus, or airport limousine (bus from the airport). The other option is to drive to the resort, but since I don’t drive in Japan I won’t go into many details about it.
Here are my recommendations for the best ways to get to Tokyo Disney Resort for different situations:
- From Narita or Haneda Airport: Airport Limousine
- From within Tokyo: Local trains to Maihama Station (transfer at Tokyo Station)
Airport Limousine (Easiest)
If you’re flying into Narita or Haneda Airport, this is the best and easiest way to get to Tokyo Disney Resort. If you’d like to get dropped off right at your hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort (including the official hotels such as the Hilton Tokyo Bay) check the Airport Limousine website for times. The official website only lists times for buses to the Resort and not the hotels.
Tickets for these buses are available in the arrivals lobby at the airport. If you’re taking the bus to the airport from one of the hotels, talk to the front desk about tickets.
If you arrive after the last bus leaves, you’ll have to take the train (see the next section). Keep in mind that trains end around midnight. In that case, it’s best to get a hotel at the airport or rough it and sleep at the airport (I have done that before) and get the first bus the next morning.
To/From Narita Airport
- ¥2,450 (~$22 USD) one way
- About 1 Hour
- Buses run between 6 AM and 6 PM
To/From Haneda Airport
- ¥830 (~$7.50 USD) one way
- About 45 minutes
- Buses run more frequently from Terminal 1 and 2. The international terminal has significantly fewer buses. But you are able to get to the other terminals easily by free shuttle bus if needed.
If you’re planning to travel within Japan afterward and have the JR Rail Pass, you won’t have to activate it yet. Save that until after you leave the resort.
Local Trains (Cheapest)
If you’re taking the local train, you’ll transfer at JR Tokyo Station (東京駅)*. Once at Tokyo Station, you’ll make your way down to the Keiyo Line (京葉線). The Keiyo Line is a bit out of the way (still inside the Tokyo Station ticket gates) and you walk down a number of escalators. Keep an eye out for the signage that says “Tokyo Disneyland.”
Here’s a list of routes from various stations within Tokyo to Maihama Station. Some routes include a mixture of trains and the metro (subway).
|Train or Metro Station||Cost (One-way)||Commute Time|
|Shinjuku||¥390 ($3.50 USD)||45 minutes|
|Shibuya||¥420 ($3.80 USD)||40 minutes|
|Akihabara||¥390 ($3.50 USD)||30 minutes|
|Asakusa||¥420 ($3.80 USD)||42 minutes|
|Odaiba||¥430 ($3.90 USD)||24 minutes|
|Fussa||¥920 ($8.25 USD)||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Tachikawa||¥920 ($8.25 USD)||1 hour 10 minutes|
|Haneda Airport||¥830 ($7.45 USD)||42 minutes|
Trains from Narita or Haneda Airport
- Narita Express or Keisei Skyliner from Narita Airport, you’ll transfer at JR Tokyo Station.
- For those coming from Haneda Airport, you’ll take either the Keikyu Line or Monorail to the Yamanote Line, where you’ll transfer to get to Tokyo Station.
Local Train Tips
- Get yourself a Pasmo or Suica IC Card, which is a card you pre-load with money. Then you just tap to get into the ticket gates and it’ll calculate the fare for you once you tap out. Get your card at almost any ticket machine and follow the instructions in English (it’s simple). You are charged a ¥500 deposit.
- Google Maps is my go-to for figuring out the train routes. I prefer to figure out the routes on the computer ahead of time, then send it to my phone. For a full list of routes, the official Tokyo Disney Resort website has a large list.
- If you’re taking the Chuo Line during morning rush hour, the train empties out after Yotsuya Station.
- The morning rush is usually between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM.
- You can take the Keiyo Line (京葉線) or Musashino Line (武蔵野線) once you get to the platform at Tokyo Station. As long as you take a “local” or “rapid” train, you’ll be OK. Don’t take a “commuter rapid,” as this skips Maihama Station
* Depending on where you’re coming from, you may be able to skip Tokyo Station altogether and transfer to the Keiyo Line at Hachobori or Shin-Kiba Station. But for simplicity’s sake, I assume you’re going to Tokyo Station.
Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
If you’re taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) from another part of Japan (you should think about the JR Rail Pass if you are), you’ll end up at Tokyo Station. Follow the instructions above to get to Tokyo Disney Resort.
Highway Bus (Most Convenient From the City)
If you’re already in Japan, the highway bus is an excellent option. Depending on where you live or where you are located in Japan, this is easier than the train. There are buses from most major cities in Japan, such as Osaka and Nagoya. There are even buses from within Tokyo itself and from Yokohama (Kawasaki).
A popular option is taking the bus from Shinjuku Station at the bus terminal. While it’s a bit more expensive than the train, the convenience is worth it. Not having to worry about your luggage on the train is a plus. The highway bus is ¥1,000 (~$9 USD) one way while the train is ¥390 (~$3.50 USD). Buy your tickets right at the bus station.
Highway Bus Tips
- Excellent option if you want to avoid the morning rush on trains within Tokyo. Rush hour is usually between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM. Buy your tickets right at the bus terminal.
- Take the highway bus from the parks back into Tokyo (and other parts of Japan) at the end of the day from the bus terminals. No need for tickets in advance: you pay when you board the bus with your IC Card (Suica, Pasimo, etc) or cash. Pay attention to when the last bus leaves. It’s usually before the park closes.
I love taking the highway bus back to Shinjuku after a long day. If I am feeling lazy or just drained, I’ll do that instead of taking the train. Even though it’s a bit more expensive, it’s relaxing and stress-free.
Tokyo Disney Resort Monorail (Within the Resort)
Once you’re at Tokyo Disney Resort, you can take the “Disney Resort Line” that circles the Resort that’ll take you to Tokyo Disneyland Station, Tokyo DisneySea, Bayside Station, and Resort Gateway Station (closest to Maihama Station). A single-trip ticket costs ¥260 ($2USD).
You buy your tickets at any of the stations and the machines have English on them, so it’s super simple. If you plan on using the monorail more than twice in a day, then I recommend the 1-day pass for ¥650 ($6USD). If you have an IC Card (Pasmo or Suica) you can use those, too, instead of buying a ticket.
|Ticket||Adult (Age 12+)||Child (11 and Under)|
|Single Ticket||¥260 ($2USD)||¥130 ($1USD)|
|1-Day Pass||¥650 ($6USD)||¥330 ($3USD)|
|2-Day Pass||¥800 ($7USD)||¥400 ($4USD)|
|3-Day Pass||¥1,100 ($10USD)||¥550 ($5USD)|
|4-Day Pass||¥1,400 ($13USD)||¥700 ($6USD)|
|11 Single Ride Tickets (price of 10)||¥2,600 ($23USD)||¥1,300 ($12USD)|
- You can choose the design of your day pass by looking at what design is above the machine. That indicates the design of the pass you’ll receive.
- Are you staying at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel or Hotel MiraCosta? With your stay, they give everyone who is on your reservation a monorail pass for the duration of your stay. You can collect this at the Tokyo Disney Resort Welcome Center (right at Maihama Station to the right) or when you check-in at the hotel.
- You don’t have to take the monorail to get to Tokyo DisneySea. If you want to save money, you can walk from Maihama Station to the gates of Tokyo DisneySea. It’ll take you about 11 minutes.
- You can also walk to Tokyo Disneyland, which will take about 5 minutes from Maihama Station.
- If you’re staying at the Official Hotels (Hilton Tokyo Bay, Sheraton Grande Hotel, etc), there are free shuttles at Maihama Station. You can take the monorail, too, if you wish.
- Certain monorails are themed for a limited time, so keep an eye out!
If you live in Japan and want to drive to Tokyo Disney Resort, that is an option, too. Parking costs ¥2,500 (weekdays) and ¥3,000 (weekends & holidays). The Official Website has an excellent list of all the prices and all the places you are able to park.
These are the methods I have used for some time (except the driving part) and can vouch for. If any of you Explorers have another option or tips to add, please let me know in the comments!