Translated by Allie
Fukuoka Airport - Facilities, Services and Access to the City
Written by Sawada Tomomi
Fukuoka Airport, the gateway to Kyushu, is one of the most convenient airports in Japan. It takes only 5 minutes to reach the city center! Find out more about its facilities, services (including Wi-Fi) and nearest hotels!
Fukuoka Airport, Kyushu's Air Travel Hub
Fukuoka Airport is the main air gateway for any Fukuoka trip. Because it is located within the city, it is considered one of the most convenient airports in Japan. You can get to Tenjin, in downtown Fukuoka in about ten minutes by subway and to Hakata station in about 5 minutes.
Basic Information about Fukuoka Airport
About 20 millions people use Fukuoka airport every year, making it the third busiest airport in Japan after Narita and Haneda airports. The defining characteristic of Fukuoka Airport is its closeness to the city center and the numerous transportation options available to travelers heading from the airport into the city.
Fukuoka Airport is composed of four buildings in total: Terminal 1 is used by low cost carriers and small to mid-sized aircrafts; Terminal 2 for airlines operating domestic flights to major cities in Japan; Terminal 3 for domestic flights; and the International Terminal for international flights. To travel from terminal to terminal, the free shuttle buses are the best option as Terminals 1-3 are located next to one another and can be quite the distance to walk.
Recommended Routes from Fukuoka Airport
After arriving at Fukuoka Airport, you will probably want to head to Hakata Station, the best place to start your Fukuoka trip as well as the easiest station from which to travel to others parts of the Kyushu region. Various means of transportation are available, such as trains, buses, taxis and car rentals. If you want to reach Fukuoka station as soon as possible, then you should take the Fukuoka City Subway Kuko line (airport line), which operates every 7 minutes. The Airport Shuttle Bus, which runs every 5 to 8 minutes, is another good option to choose. If you are worried about any language barriers and aren’t on a tight budget, taking a taxi is also a good option to choose from as you can ask staff that speak English, Korean or Chinese to arrange a taxi for you.
Now, let's compare ways to get to Hakata Station!
Where to get on: Fukuoka Airport Station at Fukuoka Airport Terminal 2 on B1 (first basement level)
Where to get off: Hakata Station on the third basement level (Platform 1)
Travel time: About 5 minutes
Fare: Adult 260 yen, Elementary school students and under 130 yen
Where to get on: Fukuoka Airport on Platform 1 of terminals 1-3 (Platform 2 in the international terminal)
Where to get off: Hakata Bus Terminal
Travel time: About 15 minutes
Fare: 260 yen
Where to catch one: Taxi stop at in front of Terminal 2, Fukuoka airport
Where to get off: Wherever you want to get off
Travel Time: About 15 minutes
Fare: about 1600 yen to down town Hakata area
Recommended Hotels When Using Fukuoka Airport
As it is really easy to travel between Fukuoka airport and city center of Hakata, there are no accommodations found within this airport. So the best hotels are located near Hakata station. There are many hotels available in Hakata; here we will introduce some hotels which offer a shuttle service between the hotel and the airport.
Hotel Route Inn Hakataeki Minami
Price: 4325 - 9900 yen
Features: free bus ride is offered between 6:00 and 19:59, though a reservation is required; this hotel has a free breakfast service and public baths.
Travel time from Fukuoka Airport: about 15 minutes by free shuttle bus which operates every 20 minutes between 17:20 and 22:40, every 30 minutes between 6:15 and 10:00.
Access: 13 minute walk from JR Hakata Station.
Toyoko INN Hakataeki Minami
Price: 3784 yen up to 10,908 yen
Features: free shuttle buses are offered at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 from the hotel to Fukuoka airport, and run every 15 minutes between 16:00 and 23:45, 7:00 and 10:30 from Hakata Station to the hotel, a reservation is required. Free breakfast is offered at this hotel.
Travel time from Fukuoka Airport: about 10 minutes by free shuttle bus.
Access: 15 minute walk from JR Hakata Station
Wi-Fi Offered in Fukuoka Airport and Fukuoka City
Fukuoka Airport provides wireless internet service on every floor of all four terminal buildings. You should look for either Fukuoka City WiFi or Fukuoka_ap_WiFi in the Wi-Fi settings of your phone. You will need to sign up for this service in order to use it; once you have agreed to the terms and conditions, you will be asked to enter your name and email address, then be asked to check your level of security, and then you will be online. You can stay connected for up to 15 minutes at a time, but you can log in as many times as you like. Please refer to the Fukuoka Airport website for more details on the Wi-Fi and where it is available.
We hope you enjoy the services of Fukuoka Airport, the gateway to a great vacation in Kyushu!