How to take trains

Here, we will explain how to take trains.

  • (1) About stops, travel times, prices, platforms, and usage by type of train

    Stops, travel times and boarding platforms vary by type of train. Please check that the train stops at your destination on the Odakyu Line Route Map.

    Types of train Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar" Special Limited Express fare required. Few stops Short time For mid to long distance and beyond. Rapid Express Express Tama Express Semi-express Local train An additional fare except normal fare is not required Many stops Furthest areas take a long time For short distance travel.

    Types of train

    1. (1)Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar"
    2. (2)Rapid Express
    3. (3)Express
    4. (4)Tama Express
    5. (5)Semi-express
    6. (6)Local train

    For the Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar"

    1. Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar"
    Destination Departure time Car and seat number Car type

    Limited Express train with reserved seats only. There are only a few stops, and you can get to your destination quickly. Depending on the train, the front row and the back row may be viewing seats.
    A special Limited Express Ticket is required in addition to a standard ticket.

    • Click here for Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar" stops
    • Click here for the types of Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar"
    • Click here to reserve/purchase a Limited Express Ticket

    Confirm the destination and departure time on the Limited Express Ticket, and check the platform when at the station.

    Go to the departure platform indicated on the platform signs at the station. Board from the part of the platform where the appropriate car type/number shown on your ticket are indicated on the floor.

    For trains other than the Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar"

    Please check the destination, departure time, train classification and platform on the electronic notice board at the station.

    Departure time / number of cars Destination Type of train Platform
    This is the boarding location for the next train. After the previous train has departed, please move towards the red circles. Red circles These are the boarding locations for the first departure.

    Please queue behind the yellow lines while waiting.

    • If there are boarding location signs on the platform, please queue at the appropriate sign.
    • Some stations may have platform screen-doors.
    • When the train arrives, please allow passengers to alight before boarding.
    2. Rapid Express

    This train has the least stops after the Limited Express, and operates between Shinjuku and Hakone or Katase-Enoshima.
    There is no extra fare.
    Click here for details of the stops

    Go to the departure platform indicated on the platform signs at the station. Please queue behind the yellow lines while waiting. If there are boarding location signs on the platform, please queue at the appropriate sign.

    When the train arrives, please check the destination indicator around each car door as well as the train classification before boarding.

    3. Express

    Stops at the principal stations between Shinjuku and Odawara/Hakone, and towards Katase-Enoshima. An additional fare is not required.
    Click here for details of the stops

    Go to the departure platform indicated on the platform signs at the station. Please queue behind the yellow lines while waiting. If there are boarding location signs on the platform, please queue at the appropriate sign.

    When the train arrives, please check the destination indicator around each car door as well as the train classification before boarding.

    4. Tama Express

    This is a mutual-entry train allowing direct access between the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and Karakida Station without transfer.
    Stops at the major stations on the Odakyu Line. An additional fare is not required.
    Does not stop between "Shinjuku Station and Yoyogi-Hachiman" on the Odakyu Line.
    Click here for details of the stops

    Go to the departure platform indicated on the platform signs at the station. Please queue behind the yellow lines while waiting. If there are boarding location signs on the platform, please queue at the appropriate sign.

    When the train arrives, please check the destination indicator around each car door as well as the train classification before boarding.

    5. Semi-express

    Stops at the major stations between Shinjuku and Noborito, and every station between Noborito and Shinmatsuda.
    An additional fare is not required.
    Click here for details of the stops

    Go to the departure platform indicated on the platform signs at the station. Please queue behind the yellow lines while waiting. If there are boarding location signs on the platform, please queue at the appropriate sign.

    When the train arrives, please check the destination indicator around each car door as well as the train classification before boarding.

    6. Local train

    Stops at every station between Shinjuku and Odawara, and Shinjuku and Katase-Enoshima.
    Click here for details of the stops

    Go to the departure platform indicated on the platform signs at the station. Please queue behind the yellow lines while waiting. If there are boarding location signs on the platform, please queue at the appropriate sign.

    When the train arrives, please check the destination indicator around each car door as well as the train classification before boarding.

  • (2) Exiting the station after getting off the train

    Please look for the destination information after getting off the train (see photo). Check your nearest Exit, or your target Exit. Move towards your target Exit after checking the internal signs. (In Japan, up arrows generally mean "at the back" and down arrows generally mean "in front".)

    Please put your ticket in the ticket gate when you arrive at your target Exit.
    One-way tickets will be returned.
    Freepass tickets and return tickets on outward journeys will be returned on the opposite side of the ticket gate. So, please do not forget to pick these up.

    If the fare is insufficient, please pay the remaining amount at a nearby fare adjustment machine, or report to a station official and make the payment in person.
    For English display on the fare adjustment machine, touch "English" on the upper-right part of the screen.

    Follow the on-screen instructions to insert the ticket.
    Pay the indicated fare shortage.
    An adjusted ticket will be dispensed. Please use the automatic ticket gate with it.