How to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo Japan?

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Narita Airport is located in Chiba, about 70km from central Tokyo, Japan. As the airport is quite far from central Tokyo, it takes time and costs a lot to travel to Tokyo city center.

How to get from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo Japan?

This article is a detailed transportation guide from Narita airport to Tokyo, including ticket prices, departure schedules, travel time, and tips. 

 

Overview

There are three main modes of transportation to get you from Narita Airport to Tokyo: buses, trains, and cars.

Depending on your travel time and budget, you can decide which option is suitable.

Narita airport map: https://www.narita-airport.jp/en/map

Narita Airport to Tokyo Japan

 


Narita airport to Tokyo train

Taking a train is one of the most comfortable options to travel to the Tokyo center.

There are three options to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo by train, which is Keisei Skyliner, JR Narita Line, and Narita Express.

While Keisei Skyliner and Narita Express have similar travel times, JR Narita Line takes longer to reach downtown Tokyo and is cheaper.

If you purchase Japan Rail Pass, you should use Narita Express as it is included in the JR line. This means you can save extra travel costs.

However, if you are going to Ueno station instead of Tokyo station, you should choose the Keisei Skyliner because Narita Express will get you to Tokyo station.

Narita airport to Tokyo Japan

Option 1: JR Narita Express

The Narita Express or N’EX is a fast and convenient option, connecting Narita International Airport with major urban areas in and around Tokyo including Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Yokohama.

  • Travel time: Approximately 50 minutes
  • Timetable: The Narita Express operates from early morning till late at night. Check the timetable here.
  • Ticket price: 3,070 Yen (Ordinary Cars)

Where to buy JR Narita Express tickets

  • From Terminal 1: get to B1 basement and find the area with the “JR Line Ticket Gate” sign
  • From Terminal 2: move to B1 basement and look for the area with the “JR Line Ticket Gate” sign

Narita Express Tokyo Japan

Option 2: Keisei Skyliner, JR Yamanote Line 

The Keisei Skyliner is a high-speed train operating between Narita Airport and Ueno. The Skyliner also provides non-stop service to Nippori Station if you’d like to change to JR lines.

  • Travel time: Approximately 50 minutes
  • Ticket price: 2520 Yen
  • Timetable: The first train leaves at 7:26 am and the last train is 11:20 pm. There are three trains every hour. Check the departure schedule here.

Where to buy Keisei Skyliner tickets

  • From Terminal 1: move to B1 basement and look for the area with the “Keisei Main Line and Narita SKYACCESS Line Ticket Gate” board
  • From Terminal 2: move to B1 basement and look for the area with the “JR Line Ticket Gate” sign

Keisei Skyliner Tokyo Japan

 

Option 3: JR Narita Line

In addition to the fast trains above, you can use the cheaper types such as JR Narita Line

  • Travel time: About 90 minutes
  • Ticket price: 1,240 Yen

Where to buy JR Narita Line tickets

  • From Terminal 1: move to B1 basement and look for the area with the “Keisei Main Line and Narita SKYACCESS Line Ticket Gate” board
  • From Terminal 2: move to B1 basement and look for the area with the “JR Line Ticket Gate” sign

 


Narita airport to Tokyo bus

The cheapest way to travel from Tokyo to Narita Airport is by bus.

If you’d like to avoid carrying your heavy luggage on board, taking the bus will solve that problem. Also, you can enjoy the scenery while taking a bus.

However, your travel time may be longer in the event of traffic jams or bus stops at different stations.

Tokyo Shuttle and THE ACCESS NARITA offer affordable bus rides at 1000 Yen each way.

The journey takes about 60 to 80 minutes each way, and there are frequent buses departing every 15 to 20 minutes. 

Tokyo Shuttle bus Japan

Tokyo shuttle

  • The departure schedule for Naria to Tokyo (or Tokyo to Narita) is from 6 am to 10 pm.
  • Booking online is 100 yen cheaper.
  • From Narita to Tokyo will stop at 2 bus stops – Tokyo Station and Ginza

The Access Narita 

  • The bus stops at Tokyo, Ginza and Tokyo Station
  • There’re toilets on buses

 


Airport Limousine

This airport bus is a popular option and is easy to find at Narita Airport and Haneda Airport.

The airport limousine runs continuously from the airport to Tokyo Station and other stations in the city, departing every 15 minutes. 

You can check the station list here.

The ticket price is 2800 yen per way. It is available at all 3 stations T3, T2, and T1 of Narita Airport.

 


Narita airport to Tokyo taxi

Taxis are one of the best ways to travel in Tokyo without the hassle of transiting between different transport routes.

However, of course, there is no small price for such comfort.

How much is a taxi to Narita airport?

Depending on your departure, the taxi cost to Narita Airport is around 22,000 Yen.

The cost varies based on the routes, and there will be an additional charge for taxi drivers between 10 pm and 5 am.

Also, if you go in a large group or have a lot of luggage, you will have to order two cars instead of one, which will undoubtedly double that cost.

taxi in Japan

Taxi tips:

  • Travel time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cost: 22,000 yen (price varies based on routes, night cost)

Places to board taxi:

  • Terminal 1: Level 1 South, exit S2 and go straight
  • Terminal 2: Level 1, South exit, exit 1 and walk straight
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