Nagasaki Airport is located on an island in Omura City only 18km (11 mi) from Nagasaki Station as the crow flies. However, the terrain of Nagasaki Prefecture is mountainous with lots of curly roads and tunnels, so the journey by road may take 45 minutes or more. There is also no rail connection to the airport, so your transport options are limited to road options, or possibly ferries. We’ll break down the pros and cons of each here.
The best ways of getting from Nagasaki Airport to Nagasaki City
There isn’t really much competition here, the airport bus wins out by a mile in terms of directness and cost. However, if you’re planning on driving around for your stay, and the flight hasn’t completely worn you out, renting a car can kill two birds with one stone. Also, while you can take a taxi or aiport transfer for the ease and comfort, it is significantly more expensive.
The ferry services aren’t ideal to get to the city, since they head Togitsu which is a half hour north of the city. And finally, the closest train station is a 20 minute taxi ride away, so we really wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re out of options.
Airport bus: The clear winner55 minutes
Buses from Nagasaki Airport to Nagasaki City leave throughout the day at intervals from 10 minutes to an hour from 9:15am until 9:25pm. Going from the city to the airport, the buses run from 5:50am until 6:50pm. The trip to Nagasaki Station takes about 55 minutes and costs ¥1,000. Before arriving at the station the bus also stops at the following stations: Showa-machi, Sumiyoshi, Ohashi, Matsuyamamachi, Hamaguchimachi, Urakami and Cocowalk Miraimachi. On the way from the city to the airport it stops at the same places with the exception of Cocowalk Miraimachi.
Matsuyamamachi is right next to Nagasaki Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum. If you’re headed towards Dejima and the former foreign settlement area then you should go all the way to Nagasaki Station and then use the Nagasaki Tramway to go the rest of the way.
Rental car: If you’re driving anyway1 hour
Rental fees, gas, and tolls
There are rental car desks at Nagasaki Airport for Nissan Rent-A-Car, Toyota Rent-A-Car, Nippon Rent-A-Car, Budget Rent-A-Car and the more cheapo (and foreigner friendly) Times Car Rental. Note that you will need to get an ETC card (for automatic toll charging) or a few thousand yen in coins as there are lots of toll roads in Nagasaki Prefecture and they aren’t cheap!
You don’t need a rental car for getting around within Nagasaki City. Many places of interest are walkable and the Nagasaki Tramway and municipal bus system are excellent. Also, you don’t want to head the wrong way down a one-way street with a tram barreling towards you!
Taxi: If you’re willing to pay more1 hour
As with most airports in Japan, catching a taxi from the airport to the city is not really an economical option. The trip will cost approximately ¥12,000 yen with tolls and take up to 1 hour. If you do decide you want to take a taxi, there’s a taxi rank right outside the terminal. Alternatively, you can call for a taxi here.
Ferry: If you want the sea view to Togitsu50 minutes (25 minutes by ferry, 25 by car from Togitsu)
¥1,500 + taxi fare to Nagasaki
Change at Togistsu
There are no ferries that go directly to Nagasaki City from the Airport. As mentioned, there are ferries that go to Huis ten Bosch and Togitsu, located to the north of Nagasaki City. Once you arrive at Togitsu, Nagasaki City is still another 20 to 30 minutes by car – so the only reason to take this route is if you want to have the experience of cruising Omura Bay. Ferries for Togitsu leave from the airport every 45 to 50 minutes and the cost is ¥1,500 for adults and ¥750 for children. The trip takes 25 minutes.
Train: Only if there’s no other choice1 hour 10 minutes
Taxi fare to Suwa Station + ¥2,550
Change at Suwa Station and Isahaya Station
The closest railway train station is Suwa station in Omura, which is about a 15-minute bus or taxi ride from the airport. Since the train takes longer than the bus, there’s really no reason to consider this option.