In this post we write about several options to get from Narita Internation Airport into Tokyo by taxi, train, or bus.
Narita International Airport is the most used international airport for those traveling to Tokyo. But it is not at all close to Tokyo. Narita is about 45 miles east of Tokyo and can take anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes to get to Tokyo. Your choice will affect the price and how long it will take. Below we offer several choices
$100.00 in Japanese Yen is currently 14,054.50. *
Time: 50 to 90 minutes
Cost: 16,000 to 30,000 Yen plus tolls
This is the most expensive option and not necessarily the fastest. Taxis can give you door to door service and the cost will be the highest of the choices presented here. But because of traffic, they might not be the fastest.
There are fixed fares based on the region of your destination. There are 6 regions with pricing from 16,000 to 26,500 Yen. A list of regions, cities, and prices can be found here.
You can find taxis at:
- Terminal 1 – south exit S2
- Terminal 2 – out Central Exit 1, across to the meridian, at position 30 & 31A
- Terminal 3 – near the bus stops.
Check out Narita Airport Taxi Info for the most current info.
Trains can be found in the basement level of terminal 1 and 2. There are a few choices ranging in price and the time to get to Tokyo.
JR Narita Express – The N’EX
Time: 55 minutes to Tokyo Station
Cost: 3,020 Yen to Tokyo in ordinary cars (this is the most common option)
The N’EX is a high-speed train direct to Tokyo Station with more stops beyond to such major stations as Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Omiya. It also serves Yokohama and Ofuna. The seats are reserved and there is a dedicated luggage area. The ordinary seats are comfortable and the first-class cars, called the “Green Cars” are a bit more luxurious.
For First Class seats or farther destinations than Tokyo Station, costs can be as high as 6,160 Yen.
Buy tickets at the airport, basement level. Look for JR East N’ex or Narita Express signs.
Get more information at the JR East N’ex website.
Time: 36 minutes to Nippori, 41 minutes to Ueno Station
Cost: 2,400 Yen
The Keisei Skyliner is a fast train similar to the N’EX but only goes to two stations. To get to other places in Tokyo, you can easily transfer at Nippori or Ueno stations. There is a dedicated luggage area. and seats are reserved.
You can buy tickets in the basement of Terminal 1 or 2 at the Skyliner Ticket counter.
Get more information at the Keisei Skyliner website.
These trains are cheaper and a bit slower. Noted first are the express trains, but all of these trains are commuter trains. There are no reserved seats or luggage racks. You will need to keep your luggage with you and you may need to stand.
Keisei Access Express
Time: 54 minutes to Ueno Station, 50 minutes to Asakusa
Cost: 1,240 to 1,520 Yen
There are two lines, one to Nippori and Ueno stations, and the other to Asakusa, Nihonbashi, Shimbashi, Shinagawa, and on to Haneda. the price will vary depending upon your destination.
Keisei Rapid Limited Express
Time: 75 minutes to Ueno Station
Cost: about 1,030 Yen
These are regular trains and can be crowded with no dedicated luggage area.
The buses have comfortable seats and you can store your luggage in the undercarriage. They go to major hotels and train stations. The Airport Limousine is about 3x more costly than the Shuttle buses.
Airport Limousine Bus
Time: 60 to 120 minutes depending upon traffic
Cost: About 3,000 Yen
The Airport Limousine bus has about 16 different bus lines to choose from. If you want to plan your bus ride before arriving in Japan, then I recommend you use the user-friendly Airport Limousine website to find your destination and pricing. You can even book tickets in advance. When at Narita, you can purchase tickets at their counter.
Discount Shuttle Bus
Time: 60 to 120 minutes depending on traffic
Cost: 900 to 1,000 Yen. Late night/early morning prices can double
There are two companies that run lines to Tokyo Station: Tokyo Shuttle and The Access Narita. Pricing and schedules can be found on their websites.
There are several options to match anyone’s budget or time needs. The fast trains are the easiest to purchase tickets for, the most comfortable, and most direct. The slower trains are more difficult to figure out how to buy and use your ticket and may be crowded. And the busses, although pretty easy to find and get tickets, are a bit slow due to quite common traffic.
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