Translated by Shinji Takaramura
How to Get to Hakata from Fukuoka Airport
This article will show you how to reach downtown Hakata from the Fukuoka Airport, by using either a subway, bus, or a taxi.
Written by Ai Yoneda
Fukuoka City is the gateway to Kyushu (*1). To enjoy the sightseeing in Fukuoka, you should visit Hakata, the city's downtown area. This article will show how to reach Hakata from Fukuoka Airport using three different ways: subway, bus, and taxi.
*1: Kyushu is the third largest island in the Japanese Archipelago, located in the southern area. Prefectures such as Fukuoka, Oita, and Kagoshima, are located on this island.
For those who want to get to Hakata fast and cheap, take the subway. The ride to the Hakata station takes five minutes. The fare is 260 yen for adults, and 130 yen for children of primary school age or under.
If you arrive at the domestic terminal, use the domestic terminal 2 escalators and elevators, and go to the underground level.
From the international terminal, take the free bus from bus stop no.1. Get off at the domestic terminal 2, which is the last stop. Go to the underground level, using the escalators and elevators.
Subway tickets can be bought at this ticket machine. Or you can buy an IC ticket card and charge it.
If you already have an IC card such as Suica or Pasmo, you can use them to go through the ticket gate.
There are two bus stops, but since this station is the terminal station, trains heading for Hakata stop at both stops.
For those who want to get off near a specific destination, without over-spending, take the bus. The ride to the Hakata bus terminal takes 15 minutes, and the fare is 260 yen.
Buses headed for Hakata depart from bus stop no.1 of all the three domestic terminals.
There are two routes from the international terminal. The first route is to take the free bus to the domestic terminal, and switch buses. The second route is to board the bus headed for Hakata from the international terminal. In this case, go to the international terminal's bus stop no.2, and board a bus running on a regular route.
Be sure to buy tickets at this ticket machine.
For those who want to travel comfortably, or are worried about the route, we recommend taking a taxi.
There is a taxi stand at all the three domestic terminals. For those using the international terminal, go to the taxi stand on the first floor.
If you are worried about speaking Japanese, look for the taxi concierge, in the red uniform.
The taxi concierge can speak English, Korean, and Chinese. They also offer overall sightseeing information. Their service counter, open from 9:30 to 18:30, is located inside domestic terminal 2, in front of the taxi stand. For further information, check their official site (Japanese).
The taxi fare to Hakata differs according to the traffic congestion, but the average is about 1,600 yen.
In Japan, Fukuoka airport is famous for its proximity to the downtown area. There are various routes back to the airport, so check the time and cost beforehand.
Address: 767-1 Shimo Usui, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City
Official website: Fukuoka Airport