Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > Asia > Japan
Reload this Page >

3 hours enough to transfer in NRT?

3 hours enough to transfer in NRT?

Old Sep 10, 19, 11:43 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: toronto
Posts: 832
3 hours enough to transfer in NRT?

I have a flight out of NRT at 6:30pm on an Air Canada flight to Vancouver. I will be in Osaka that day, and there is an ANA flight that gets me from Osaka to NRT at 3:30pm. Is that enough time to check luggage and make the AC flight at 6:30? This will be in January, so does weather play a factor?
There is another ANA flight that is much much early and gets me into NRT by 10am. But I rather not get up so early for the flight if I don't have to.
Commie is offline  
Old Sep 11, 19, 12:04 am
  #2  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: ZOA, SFO, HKG
Programs: UA 1K 0.9MM, Marriott Gold, HHonors Gold, Hertz PC, SBux Gold, TSA Pre✓
Posts: 10,124
3 hours are more than enough.

Just remember - When things happen, how much more time you have won't protect you.
garykung is online now  
Old Sep 11, 19, 5:19 am
  #3  
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Tokyo
Programs: SPG Plat, HH G,Hyatt E,*A G, OW Saph.
Posts: 2,464
NRT transfer....you will be bored with 3 whole hours there. You have three lounges to enjoy though (if you have access)
Tokyoite is online now  
Old Sep 11, 19, 2:56 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 47
Would answers be the same for HND I have a 3 hour lay over between my ANA flight from JFK and my TG flight to BKK. I am guessing it shouldn't be an major issue, but the only thing I am worried about since my flight is also in Jan of being delayed arriving at HND or departing JFK due to weather.
cm007d is offline  
Old Sep 11, 19, 5:26 pm
  #5  
bpe
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Japan
Programs: AS, UA
Posts: 801
Originally Posted by cm007d View Post
Would answers be the same for HND I have a 3 hour lay over between my ANA flight from JFK and my TG flight to BKK. I am guessing it shouldn't be an major issue, but the only thing I am worried about since my flight is also in Jan of being delayed arriving at HND or departing JFK due to weather.
Yes, 3 hours is plenty, unless there are huge delays at JFK. Of course nobody can predict that now, but even a 2h departure delay is probably fine as the flight can make up some time in the air.
bpe is offline  
Old Sep 12, 19, 9:03 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 47
Originally Posted by bpe View Post
Yes, 3 hours is plenty, unless there are huge delays at JFK. Of course nobody can predict that now, but even a 2h departure delay is probably fine as the flight can make up some time in the air.
Ok sounds like I won't have much to worry about thanks for the reply.
cm007d is offline  
Old Sep 13, 19, 1:44 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Kobe/Osaka
Programs: Delta
Posts: 1,250
On the Osaka side, since it's a domestic flight, you won't need to get to the airport more than 1 hour before departure. The check-in and security processes are very efficient.
nishimark is offline  
Old Sep 13, 19, 11:45 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: YYZ
Programs: AMEX AC CX UA AA DL
Posts: 2,892
Originally Posted by Commie View Post
I have a flight out of NRT at 6:30pm on an Air Canada flight to Vancouver. I will be in Osaka that day, and there is an ANA flight that gets me from Osaka to NRT at 3:30pm.
Check in at "international connection" counters at ITM airport in Osaka. Upon arrival, follow sign for international connection. This is a fast track. You go through immigration. I have never spent more than 10 minutes between ANA domestic arrival and international departure hall at NRT.

Published Minimum Connection Time is 45 minutes. https://www.ana.co.jp/en/ca/servicei...n/checkin.html
beep88 is offline  
Old Sep 13, 19, 11:50 am
  #9  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Minneapolis: DL DM charter 2.3MM
Programs: A3*Gold, SPG Plat, HyattDiamond, MarriottPP, LHW exAccess, ICI, Raffles Amb, NW PE MM, TWA Gold MM
Posts: 82,645
Would it make sense for the OP to take the train from Osaka to Tokyo? That would be a way for the OP to allow a bit more time yet not spend the whole day at NRT. If OP's hotel is close to the train station in Osaka or is one that offers a free shuttle service for guests, it could be very efficient to use the train.
MSPeconomist is offline  
Old Sep 13, 19, 1:06 pm
  #10  
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: YYZ
Programs: AMEX AC CX UA AA DL
Posts: 2,892
I wouldn't. Lugging the bags through at least 1 transfer, and costs more than the flight at foreigner price.
beep88 is offline  
Old Sep 13, 19, 1:46 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Tri State Area
Programs: HH Diamond, Sixt Platinum, IHG Spire Ambassador, Marriott/SPG Gold .....
Posts: 1,750
Originally Posted by beep88 View Post
Check in at "international connection" counters at ITM airport in Osaka. Upon arrival, follow sign for international connection. This is a fast track. You go through immigration. I have never spent more than 10 minutes between ANA domestic arrival and international departure hall at NRT.

Published Minimum Connection Time is 45 minutes. https://www.ana.co.jp/en/ca/servicei...n/checkin.html
Good to know. I will do ITM-NRT-JFK (all ANA domestic economy and international first) with 70 minutes connection time so I should be good.
at ITM how much time should I reserve for checking in, security etc before the flight? The airport looks pretty empty after security (aka nothing to do)
blitzen is offline  
Old Sep 13, 19, 5:42 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Kobe/Osaka
Programs: Delta
Posts: 1,250
Max time needed at ITM before take-off is 1 hour. Locals often shave it down to 30 minutes, but maybe that's a bit too tight. From check-in counter to gate usually takes about 10 minutes. It's a small airport.
blitzen likes this.
nishimark is offline  
Old Sep 13, 19, 10:43 pm
  #13  
bpe
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Japan
Programs: AS, UA
Posts: 801
Originally Posted by blitzen View Post
Good to know. I will do ITM-NRT-JFK (all ANA domestic economy and international first) with 70 minutes connection time so I should be good.
at ITM how much time should I reserve for checking in, security etc before the flight? The airport looks pretty empty after security (aka nothing to do)
I allow 45 minutes, maybe a bit more if it's a busy travel time or checking bags, and I haven't had problems. The monorail is frequent but if you're taking a bus some can be infrequent and slowed down by traffic.

The airport is fairly sparse after security but still pleasant to spend time in. There are food options, souvenir shops, mini convenience store-like shops all at close to street pricing, and plenty of seating. If you have time before going through security the new observation deck is very nice.
blitzen likes this.

Last edited by bpe; Sep 14, 19 at 1:44 am Reason: grammar
bpe is offline  
Old Sep 14, 19, 9:51 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota,USA
Programs: UA, NW
Posts: 3,686
Weather shouldn't be an issue in January, especially between Osaka and Tokyo. That time of year is chilly but usually dry and clear, with daytime highs above freezing.

It's quite different from, say, flying from Minneapolis to Chicago in January.
ksandness is offline  
Old Sep 17, 19, 3:16 pm
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD (BWI/IAD)
Programs: United Mileage Plus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Alaska Mileage Plan, Amtrak Guest Rewards
Posts: 271
Three hours is plenty. You walk out of customs, look to your right and recheck is basically right there, memory serves. The domestic checkpoint is on that arrivals floor, follow what the signs say. However, unless something's changed in the last few years, there's not much going on airside, at least in T1 domestic. It's basically just a room with a small shop and such. Burn an hour in the airport mall or something, unless you're super out of it from your flight.
aresef is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread