Translated by Shinji Takaramura
How To Get To Hakata Station From Fukuoka Airport
Written by Ai Yoneda
Travelers using Fukuoka Airport can use the subway, bus, or taxi to easily and quickly get to Hakata Station, the heart of Fukuoka. Learn the transportation costs, required time, and directions on how to arrive at your desired destination smoothly.
Easily Get to Hakata Station from Fukuoka Airport
Fukuoka City is considered the main gateway of Kyushu in southern Japan, as visitors coming here can go to Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, and the rest of the regions on the island from here. Separated from Honshu, the main island of Japan, Fukuoka and the surrounding prefectures here are notably different than other parts of the country.
Visit Hakata, Fukuoka City's vibrant downtown area to encounter the unique culture and sightseeing here. Fukuoka Airport is very close to Hakata Station, a major station in the city. This article introduces three different ways to get to the station: subway, bus, and taxi.
1. Subway - Required Time and Fare
For those who want to get to Hakata fast and for an inexpensive price, take the Fukuoka City Subway. The ride to the Hakata Station takes just 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 shuttle 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 the ticket machine pictured above. If you already have an rechargeable IC card such as Suica, Pasmo, or Sugoca (Kyushu's IC card), you can use them to go through the ticket gate.
There are two stops, but since this station is the terminal station, trains heading for Hakata stop at both stops.
2. Bus - Required Time and Fare
For those who want to get off at a specific destination for a reasonable price, 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 simply board a bus running on a regular route.
Be sure to buy tickets at this ticket machine.
3. Taxi - Required Time and Fare
For those who want to travel comfortably, have heavy luggage, or are worried about getting lost on their 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, go to the taxi concierge stand, where you will see employees in red uniforms.
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 and your destination, but the average fare is about 1,600 yen.
Travel from the Airport to Fukuoka
In Japan, Fukuoka Airport is famous for its proximity to the downtown area, with the subway, trains, and buses taking less than twenty minutes in most cases. This makes traveling to and from the airport very convenient and stress-free, allowing travelers can further enjoy a trip around southern Japan.