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Transportation from/to Tokyo Narita Airport

last update: September 25, 2022
Narita Airport (成田国際空港, Narita Kokusai Kūkō, NRT) is one of the two international airports serving the Tokyo metropolitan area (the other is Haneda ). It is located near the town of Narita, about 60 kilometers east of central Tokyo. Compared to Haneda, it is served by a greater number of long-haul flights, and a large number of low-cost domestic and international flights. It consists of three terminals: terminals 1 and 2 are used by the main airlines, Terminal 3 is used by low-cost airlines. Two railway stations are located under Terminals 1 and 2, while Terminal 3 is connected to Terminal 2 by a pedestrian walkway. Free shuttle buses operate between all three terminals. In addition to various train services, the airport is connected to Tokyo and the rest of the region by a vast bus network.

Quick take

Quick comparison table

Train - Keisei Skyliner
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Nippori 40 minutes 2570¥
Ueno 45 minutes 2570¥
Train - Keisei Main line
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Narita (town) 6 minutes 270¥
Nippori 75 minutes 1050¥
Ueno 80 minutes 1050¥
Train - Narita Express
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Tokyo station 59 minutes 3070¥ It might cost 2035¥ with the NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket
Shinagawa 70 minutes 3250¥ It might cost 2035¥ with the NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket
Shibuya 78 minutes 3250¥ It might cost 2035¥ with the NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket
Shinjuku 83 minutes 3250¥ It might cost 2035¥ with the NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket
Yokohama 90 minutes 4370¥ It might cost 2035¥ with the NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket
Train - JR Sobu line
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Narita (town) 9 minutes 200¥
Tokyo station 90 minutes 1320¥
Shimbashi 100 minutes 1490¥
Shinagawa 105 minutes 1490¥
Yokohama 125 minutes 1940¥
Train - Keisei Access Express
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Oshiage (near Tokyo Sky Tree)52 minutes 1190¥
Asakusa 55 minutes 1310¥
Shimbashi 65 minutes 1350¥
Shinagawa 75 minutes 1550¥
Haneda International Terminal 88 minutes 1690¥
Haneda Domestic Terminal 90 minutes 1730¥
Bus - Limousine Bus
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Tokyo (several stops available)50-100 minutes 2800-4000¥ Several promotions available to save money
Yokohama (City Air Tarminal) 105 minutes 3700¥ Several promotions available to save money
Bus - Airport Bus TYO-NRT
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Tokyo Station 65 minutes 1300¥
Ginza 77 minutes 1300¥
Bus - Willer Express
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Osaki (JR Yamanote Line) 72 minutes 1000¥
Taxi
Main stops Journey time Fare Notes
Narita (town) 12 minutes 4500¥
Tokyo station 55 minutes 24.500¥
Shinjuku 60 minutes 26.500¥
Ueno 55 minutes 24.500¥

By train

Two companies operate train connections to Narita airport, JR and Keisei Railways. Keisei offers three types of train, a fast direct service to Ueno station (Skyliner) and two slower services (Sky Access Express and Keisei Main Line) stopping at several stations in Tokyo.
JR offers a direct service to several main stations of Tokyo, Yokohama and Saitama (Narita Express), and a slower service (JR Sobu Line) stopping at several stations in Tokyo and Kanagawa.

Keisei Skyliner

The Keisei Skyliner is, besides the helicopter, the fastest possible way to get to a central area of Tokyo. It connects both terminals of Narita airport with Keisei Ueno station, located just a few meters from the very important JR Ueno station, where you can change to several metro lines and also the JR Yamanote line and other JR lines. It makes only one stop, Nippori station, also served by the JR Yamanote line.
The train is designed for airport travelers. There is ample space for luggage and all seats are reserved. The standard ticket is expensive (2570¥), but there are various promotions (see them all). You can also buy this ticket online and get a small discount (2300¥ adults, 1150¥ children). Buy the ticket for the Keisei Skyliner online
Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket
This is one of the best promotions, thanks to which you can save up to 1500¥. It includes the ticket for the Skyliner (one-way or return ticket) plus an unlimited pass for the Tokyo subway (available for 1, 2 or 3 days). Further information here.

Keisei Access Express

The Access Express is a Keisei train service slower than the Skyliner but faster than the Main Line. Not all trains are bound for the same destination. Some trains are bound for Ueno, others for Haneda airport, others for less relevant stations.
In any case, through this service, it is possible to get to different stations in Tokyo (see table above) saving about 1000 yen compared to the Skyliner. You might be able to reach your final destination directly, or it could be necessary to make a quick and easy change at Aoto station. This depends on the departure time, therefore always refer to the timetables in the official website. It's a great option if your final destination is the famous Asakusa neighborhood. Seats are not reserved and there are no dedicated spaces to store suitcases.

Keisei Main Line

The Keisei Main Line is the slowest and cheapest alternative. Compared to the Sky Access Express, the journey time is 10-15 minutes longer but you can save around 200¥.
After leaving the airport, these trains always stop at Keisei Narita station (in the town center of Narita, near the airport), then they make a stop at several local stations in Chiba and Tokyo (the train will make more or less stops depending on the departure time). The last two stops are Nippori and Ueno, just like the Skyliner. It is the cheapest service available (1050¥) to get to a central Tokyo station served by the JR Yamanote Line.

Narita Express

The Narita Express is the most convenient service to reach some important and central Tokyo stations without changes: Tokyo station, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro.
With the Narita Express you can also reach Yokohama (Yokohama station) and Ofuna. If your final destination is another JR station in the Tokyo area, once you arrive at one of these stations served by the Narita Express, you can change to another JR line for free.
However, this is a very expensive service, more than 3000¥ to Tokyo and more than 4000¥ to Yokohama. The service is also not particularly fast. If you know what to do and how to change lines once you arrive in Ueno, it is almost always faster to take the Skyliner to Ueno and then change there with an urban line.
We discourage to buy the ordinary Narita Express ticket, because of its price. However, we stil recommend the Narita Express in two cases:
NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket
Through this promotion you can buy a round trip ticket for any of the stations served by the Narita Express, then also Yokohama, for the price of 4070¥. In this case, each single journey costs only 2035¥. The promotion is valid only for non-Japanese passport holders and the return journey can be used only if it takes place within 14 days of the outward journey.
A very important clarification on the Narita Express departing from Narita airport
All the Narita Express trains depart from the airport and arrive at Tokyo station. In Tokyo station, the train splits into two trains: some cars continue towards Shibuya, Shinjuku, etc., some other cars continue towards Shinagawa and Yokohama.
Therefore, for any destination station except Tokyo station, it is very important to sit on the assigned seat, and in particular on the assigned train car, to avoid the risk of ending up in a completely different direction from where you are heading.

JR Sobu line

The cheapest service of JR. It is a local metropolitan railway line, often called JR Sobu line Rapid Service, which makes several stops and arrives at Tokyo station in about 90 minutes. The train then continues to Zushi, stopping at other minor stations in Tokyo and Yokohama. Seats are not reserved. A journey via this line costs 1320¥ for Tokyo Station and nearly 2000¥ for Yokohama. Not recommended. If you want to save money, use the Keisei Main Line or low-cost buses.

By bus

Narita airport is connected by many bus lines to various cities in the region and also to other regions. You can find the complete list of bus connections with all the information you need here.

Buses from/to Tokyo

Limousine Bus

Limousine bus offers direct connections by very comfortable buses to different districts of Tokyo, Yokohama, Saitama and to the Tokyo Disney Resort. On request the bus also stops in front of many hotels in Tokyo. There is a list of over 70 hotels for which the bus stop is available, you can check it here. If you are staying in one of the hotels served by Limousine Bus, this service is probably the most convenient since it brings you straight in front of the hotel door. Depending on your final destination, the ticket price is 2800-4000¥, and a journey time of 60-100 minutes. There are several ways to save money, although with different limitations (full list here). In particular we highlight: Buy your ticket for the Narita Limousine Bus online

Airport Bus TYO-NRT

This bus company connects Narita airport with Ginza and Tokyo station in a bit more than an hour, the fare is 1300¥. Further information on this website, where you can find photos and very detailed indications describing the bus stop locations and the service.

Willer Express Shuttle Bus

This bus company connects Narita airport with JR Osaki station, in about 75 minutes, the fare is 1000¥ if you book at least 24 hours in advance.
Osaki station is not an important station nor a very large one, but it is very convenient. It is served by several railway lines including the JR Yamanote line to reach Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo station and many other areas of Tokyo in a few minutes. Even Yokohama is not far away, just 20 minutes via the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line. Further information here.

By pre-booked taxi

Public transportation from Narita Airport to Tokyo is convenient and efficient. By following the information on this page, you can easily take a train or a bus and get to any area of Tokyo you want.

However, if you have never been to Japan, the first impact with one of the largest metropolises in the world, where they speak a completely unknown language and they use an illegible alphabet, after 12 hours or more on a plane, can be a bit traumatic and stressful experience for someone.

If you don't want any worries once you land in Japan, you can choose a private shuttle service with driver that will wait for you in the arrivals hall of Narita airport holding a sign with your name written on it. Once you meet the driver, he will help you with your luggage and take you to a car or minivan that will take you to your hotel or any other point in the city of Tokyo where you want to be taken.
You don't even have to worry about any flight delays. Once you have booked the service, you will give them your flight number and the driver will be at the airport shortly after the plane's real landing time.
The service is obviously also usable for going to the airport, in this case they will pick you up at the hotel where you are staying. Book your private taxi transfer

By taxi

Outside the airport you will easily find a long line of taxis. Japanese taxis are generally very reliable and professional, but their rates tend to be quite high. Narita Airport is very far from the city so taking a taxi is a significant cost. The price of a daytime taxi ride is between 16,000¥ and 30,000¥ depending on the area of the city. The rates are fixed and you can check them here.

By helicopter

The company Airos Skyview, which offers several panoramic flights over the city of Tokyo and Mount Fuji, also provides a helicopter connection from Narita airport to central Tokyo, near Shin-Kiba Station. The flight takes 18 minutes and costs 32,780¥ per person. Book your transfer by helicopter

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Rakuten Travel Experiences.

How to use Rakuten Travel Experiences

Rakuten Travel is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Rakuten Travel you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Rakuten Travel you can also buy tickets for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

Take a look at Rakuten Travel Experiences

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