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Posted 7 July 2023

Return flights Gatwick to Tokyo - departs Sunday 15th October / returns Tuesday 24th October - £592pp @ China Eastern / Google Flights

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  1. W_Cooper's avatar
    I think it's worth it if you do all your research (baggage rules, customs, transit visa etc) which Chinese airlines seem to be painfully bad at informing in english. I flew to japan in 2017 with Air China via Beijing with a similar 3 hour layover with similar time flights with no problems. I would recommend flying to Haneda instead of Narita both are great airports but Haneda is a bit closer to the city. As long as your checked baggage is tagged to go through to Tokyo (which should be the norm so you do not need to re-check baggage) you do not also need to apply for a transit visa if your layover in China is less than 24 hours. The changeover customs checks were pretty quick although they are quite strict on batteries and I guess now covid. If you are spreading the layover further then you can apply for a 144 hour transit visa for free. (edited)
    L_GRL7's avatar
    The same, Haneda much better experience.
  2. Tibrocks's avatar
    Thanks! we'll need it!!
  3. Jay_Tsang's avatar
    You know a lot of concentration camp in China right?
  4. JungleBug's avatar
    12 hours of breathing in English and Japanese combination farts!
    londonstinks's avatar
    Sausages and Sushi!
  5. Conroar94's avatar
    Honestly after visiting japan a handful of times just fly direct. It’s probably double this but the hassle it saves you is worth it especially when a 12 hour flight is already killer. Plus you don’t have to worry about transit visas, missing connections etc
    james.pondBzo's avatar
    Opnion. I play games 12 hours, easy
  6. fureddo's avatar
    China Eastern are not a great airline. Unless you are really tight for money it's worth paying a bit more.
  7. DrDoolittle's avatar
    I flew to Tokyo via Moscow on aeroflot about 4 years ago. It was an . . . interesting experience.
    The price - £244 return.

    Don't think we'll see those days again.
    biagrin's avatar
    Ha ha same. Maybe we were on same flight. It was pretty empty and a great flight.
  8. aitchem's avatar
    If you like stress - free travel, a transfer in China is not recommended.
  9. Drestimate's avatar
    Etihad - Manchester to Osaka in November is 775 via Flightcatchers.com if someones interested
    mrmo786's avatar
    Wouldn't touch flightcatchers - or any other agent owned by Polani - with a bargepole.
  10. mfea's avatar
    Wouldnt go anyway near this airline
  11. jaypr's avatar
    ANA are an amazing airline if you’re flying to Japan, BA not so much. Not tried Japan airlines, maybe next time.
    rs_tigerblade's avatar
    JAL are great but owned by British airways now so if like me BA mess up they stick u on a crappy BA flight which is horrendous
  12. patricklu's avatar
    Terrible airline reviews
  13. nikkky's avatar
    I went to osaka back in May with this airline and with a transfer in shanghai. Honestly the airline wasn't as bad as what people say online and I would travel with them again. Worth the £600 saving from flying direct with another airline
    W_Cooper's avatar
    How long was the transfer security check in shanghai? Was it just checking your cabin bag and passport and I guess covid stuff?
  14. scamster's avatar
    looking over those reviews china eastern looks horrendous, has anyone got any experience of air china?
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