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Fukuoka: Survival: Getting Here
Getting Here (Qjmp: 18002)
International: Fukuoka has an international airport (3 letter designation "FUK") There are currently no direct flights to Fukuoka from the US (other than Hawaii) or Europe. If travelling by air you should expect to transit in one of the many Asian airline hubs such as Soeul or Hong Kong, or within Japan, Narita (Tokyo) or Kansai. In general avoid Narita as your domestic connection almost certainly will leave from Hanada Airport, which is a 75 minutes bus ride away. Transit at Kansai airport (Osaka) is good, and has the added advantage of bringing you in at the Fukuoka domestic terminals (see next section). In general travel within Japan is expensive. Our advice: if you cannot transit at Kansai Airport, transit outside Japan.
Approximate journey times to Fukuoka International Airport.
Auckland: about 11 hours, 35 min -> Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand
Bangkok: about 5 hours, 05 min -> Japan Airlines, Thai Airways
Beijing: about 4 hours, 10 min -> Air China, China Eastern Airlines
Cairns: about 7 hours, 55 min -> Quantas
Cheju: about 50 min -> Asiana Airlines
Christchurch: about 14 hours, 35 min -> Air New Zealand
Colombo: about 8 hours, 5 min -> Air Lanka
Dalian: about 1 hour, 35 min -> Air China, All Nippon Airways
Denpasar (Bali): about 6 hours, 10 min -> Garuda Indonesia Airways
Guam: about 4 hour -> Continental Micronesia
Hong Kong: about 2 hours, 55 min -> Cathay Pacific , Japan Airlines
Honolulu: about 10 hours, 5 min -> Japan Airlines, Northwest Airlines
Jakarta: about 8 hours, 50 min -> Garuda Indonesia Airways
Kuala Lumpur: about 5 hours, 50 min -> Malaysia Airlines
Manila: about 3 hours, 15 min -> Philippine Airlines
Pusan: about 40 min -> Asiana , Korean Air, Japan Airlines
Saipan: about 4 hour -> Continental Micronesia
Seoul: about 1 hour, 05 min -> Korean Air, Asiana, Japan Airlines
Shanghai: about 1 hour, 20 min -> China Eastern Airlines, Air China
Singapore: about 5 hours, 45 min -> Singapore Airlines
Sydney: about 12 hours, 5 min -> Quantas
Taipei: about 2 hour -> EVA Airways, Air Nippon, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific
Domestic: There are direct flights to most major airports in Japan and most minor airports in Kyushu.
Fukuoka International Airport is situated very close to Fukuoka city. It consists of a block of 3 domestic terminals and a separate, recently built International terminal.
International passanger access to Fukuoka by sea to Hakata Port is possible only from Korea.
Beetle: Twice daily hydrofoil service to Pusan in South Korea. 3 hour or so journey time.
Ferry: There is a daily ferry service to Pusan run by the Camelia Line.
Highway buses (long distance coaches) link Fukuoka to most major and minor cities in Japan. They are probably the least expensive means of travel.
Fukuoka is linked in to the Kyushu Expressway, which forms part of the national expressway system.
For more details on all the above, including overviews, timetables, "How To" usage guides, information about terminals and photographs, visit our "getting around" section.