Last updated on March 1st, 2023
Learn how to travel from Fukuoka Airport to the city (Hakata Station, Tenjin) by bus, subway, and taxi. The complete guide to choosing your best way to get to Fukuoka city.
Getting to and from Fukuoka Airport to the city is extremely easy. Fukuoka Airport, FUK (福岡空港, Fukuoka Kūkō) is one of the few airport located within the city area. It is about 2.6 km away for the Hakata Station, the main transportation hub in Kyushu, Japan. There are various options available if you are looking for the best way to get to Fukuoka city from the airport.
In this Fukuoka transport guide, let us share with you on the best way and how to get to Fukuoka city from the airport. Added, we will also share on a step-by-step guide on how to access to Fukuoka Airport from the city in the early morning. Make sure to read on.
Fukuoka International Airport
Firstly, let us have a glance on the Fukuoka Airport. Being the largest and busiest airport in Kyushu Japan. It is also an important gateway to the Kyushu region such as Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Oita, and Nagasaki. The Fukuoka Airport is not too big. Once you get out, there are many counters to pick up your travel essential in the arrival hall. We advise to reserve early and pick up at the airport upon arrival.
- Stay connected with unlimited Wifi router (good for group travelers) and 4G Sim Card. Pre-book early as it can be sold out easily.
- If you are planning to visit the Kyushu central and southern area by bus, consider getting the SunQ unlimited Bus Pass. This pass is very helpful to get to Kurokawa onsen, Takachiho Gorge which only access by self-driving and buses. Cheaper than onsite purchase if you choose to reserve and pick up at the airport. Check SunQ Pass Ticket from Klook.
Once everything ready, proceed to get to the city center from Fukuoka Airport by bus, subway, or taxi. The bus stop location is marked in the airport. So no worry about finding it. Besides, remember to purchase your bus ticket at the ticket machine if you choose to get to the city center by bus. IC cards such as Suica, Pasmo, Icoca, and any Japan prepaid card are acceptable for bus and subway rides.
Fukuoka Transport Tips
There are few ways to get from Fukuoka Airport to the city center. You can choose to travel by public transport, taxi, and private shuttle.
Subway costs ¥220 – ¥250 and takes 6 mins from Domestic Terminal Building. If you are planning to take the subway for more than 3 rides, consider getting the Fukuoka Subway 1-Day/2-Days Pass for an unlimited subway ride.
A bus fare only cost about ¥260 with 20 minutes to get to Fukuoka city. While subway costs ¥220 – ¥250 and takes 6 mins.
Nissan Rent-A-Car, Toyota Rent-A-Car, Times Rent-A-Car, and Avis and Budget Car Rental are available at Fukuoka Airport. We advise comparing the best rental car from RentalCars.com.
The Kuko (airport) line runs between Fukuoka Aiport and Hakata station with two stops (5 minutes at ¥260). While from Fukuoka Airport to Tenjin Station is only five stops (11 minutes at ¥260).
From Fukuoka Airport To City By Bus
Bus services are running from Fukuoka International Airport to Hakata Station, Tenjin, Ohashi, and even Dazaifu. The bus company, Nishi-Tetsu operates the bus route between Fukuoka Airport to the city center. Frequent buses running from as early as 7:30 to 21:00 depend on the destination.
If you are arriving at Fukuoka International Airport, board the bus at bus stop No. 2. The journey takes about 20 minutes to get to Fukuoka city at ¥260.
There are also direct bus services from Fukuoka International Airport to Hakata Station with frequent departure every 10 to 15 minutes without any transfer. The queue can be very long in a certain period but line clear pretty fast.
Fukuoka Airport to Hakata Station and Tenjin Station by Bus
- One way bus fare cost ¥260 to Hakata Station and ¥310 to Tenjin Station.
- Traveling time about 20 and 35 minutes to Hakata Station and Tenjin Station respectively.
From Fukuoka Airport To City By Subway
Another cheapest and faster to get to Fukuoka city is by subway. However, take note that the subway station is located in the domestic terminal building. But glad that there are FREE shuttle bus service running between International and Domestic terminal with frequent departure with 5 to 10 minutes intervals.
Once you get into Fukuoka Domestic Airport, travelers can transfer to the subway line to your desire destination.
Fukuoka Airport to Hakata Station by Subway:
- One way subway ticket cost ¥260.
- Traveling time about 30 minutes including shuttle bus transfer.
Kyushu Transport Tips: If you are planning to take the subway for more than 3 rides, consider getting the Fukuoka Subway 1-Day/2-Days Pass for an unlimited subway ride.
From Fukuoka Airport By Taxi and Private Shuttle Service
If you are traveling with the elderly and kids, consider taking the taxi or private shuttle service for hassle-free transfer. It is quite convenient and reasonable fare. Depend on your destination, the taxi fare generally starting from about ¥1,500 to ¥3,000 to Hakata and Tenjin area.
You can also opt to book for private shuttle service to Fukuoka city or nearby cities. The door to door service can take up to 7 to 10 people. Check price for Private Shuttle Service.
Fukuoka Airport to City by Taxi (Door-to-Door):
- It depends on destination, ranging from ¥1,500 to ¥3,000.
- Traveling time about 15 minutes to the city center depending on destination.
Rent A Car
If you are planning for self-driving within Kyushu, the rental car counter is located at the 1F Information counter at Fukuoka International Terminal. There are various rental car companies available such as Nissan Rent-A-Car, Toyota Rent-A-Car, Times Rent-A-Car, and Avis and Budget Car Rental.
We advise you to compare and reserve your rental car upon arrival. So that you can choose your best option with the cheapest price guarantee.
- Compare the best rental car from RentalCars.com.
How To Get To Fukuoka Airport From City
Next, we would like to guide you on step-by-step on how to access to Fukuoka Airport from the city. This is particularly helpful especially for those who take the flight with an early morning departure. We were very worried about whether able to catch the morning flight. But we found out there were a lot of passengers who were taking the same route as us at morning. Check it out.
Our flight is early morning flight at about 8 a.m. To access to Fukuoka Airport at early morning, travelers can choose to get there by taxi or subway. Trains operate on Fukuoka’s subway system from 5:30 am to 12:25 am. So, we decided to get to the airport by subway as it was the cheapest option.
From the hotel, we walked to the nearby subway station before 6 a.m. So it is important to choose your accommodation nearby the subway station.
Once out from the subway station, there are well-marked signs and instructions to guide you on how to get to Fukuoka airport that hardly can miss. Next, take the escalator from the subway station to the ground floor to board the shuttle bus service.
Many travelers took the early flight back to the home country. The line was very long but everyone was following the queue. Line clear pretty fast with bus interval between 5 to 10 minutes. Due to the large crowd, the whole journey took us about 40 minutes from the city to Fukuoka Airport including the shuttle bus transfer.
When we reached the Fukuoka Airport, there were already lots of people waiting for custom checking. So make sure to buffer some time to check-in, drop your luggage and clear for custom checking.
Overview: Traveling Between Fukuoka Airport To City
During our previous Kyushu trip, we try on a few options traveling between Fukuoka Airport and the city area. We even traveling from Fukuoka Airport to Kumamoto directly with highway way. It is very simple and easy. So, are you have an idea on how to get to Fukuoka? Enjoy your trip.
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