Chubu Centrair International Airport is located on an artificial island in Ise Bay. When arriving at the airport the first place you need to go is the Access Plaza information facility which has information about all the available transportation services. There are a number of ways to travel between Chubu Airport and Nagoya, but probably the easiest way is by train.
By Train – Meitetsu Limited Express
The quickest, easiest, and most comfortable way to travel between Chubu Airport and Nagoya is by train. The Meitetsu Railway company operates a variety of direct services between Chubu Airport and Meitetsu Nagoya Station.
The fastest service is the μ Sky Limited Express which takes just 28 minutes to travel between the airport and Meitetsu Nagoya Station for a fare of 1,230 yen. All seats on the μ Sky Limited Express are first class, so this fare includes the first class reserved seating fee of 360 yen.
Other Limited Express trains take 35 minutes and have a choice between first class and ordinary seating. If you choose ordinary seating you will only have to pay the basic fare of 870 yen.
Meitetsu Bus company run the hourly Centrair Limousine Bus service between Chubu Airport and the Meitetsu Bus Center which is right beside Nagoya Station. It takes 88 minutes and costs 1,200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children.
There are 14 round-trips every day, and no reservations are necessary. This bus also stops at major hotels on the way. You can download a PDF of the timetables and other details from the Meitetsu website.
By Rental Car
There are several reliable rental car companies to choose from both at Chubu Airport and close to Nagoya Station, including Nissan, Times Car Rental, and Toyota. At Chubu Airport the Rental Car Counter can be found at the airport’s Access Plaza facility. Driving between Nagoya and the airport takes about 40 – 50 minutes and you will need to pay toll fees of at least 1,710 yen. Expressway toll fees are subject to change according to the day of the week and the time of day.
The airport taxi stand is by Access Plaza. The fare for a medium sized taxi between the airport and Nagoya Station is approximately 14,500 yen. On top of that you will need to pay the expressway toll fee. There is also a late night 20% surcharge between 22.00 and 5.00. For information about local taxi services see our article Taxis in Nagoya. If you are traveling in a group, you can hire a private shuttle service by the Tsubame Taxi company. The fares for the private shuttle are quite reasonable if you split the cost between the members of your group and you can take it directly to or from your hotel. However, you do need to book this service at least one day in advance.
Staying Overnight at Chubu Centrair Airport
If your plane arrives late at Chubu Airport you may need to stay overnight. There are two hotels directly connected to the airport terminal building: Centrair Hotel and Comfort Hotel. Check the Chubu Centrair Airport Hotel website for availability of rooms. There are also several other hotel in the vicinity of the airport.
Article by Michael Lambe. Photos by Pitisirisriro and Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.