Located 70km from Central Tokyo, the Narita International Airport is the city’s main gateway for international travelers. It’s one of the two airports serving Tokyo, the other one being Haneda, which is mostly used for domestic flights. The bad news is, Narita is farther than Haneda. The good news is, there are more transportation options to the city.

Here are your cheapest bets:

Narita Airport to Tokyo City Center by Bus

Keisei Bus transfer passengers from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station. If your hotel is near Tokyo Station or any of its very few stops, good for you. If not, you might still need to take the train. It shouldn’t be a problem because Tokyo Station is one of the biggest and most connected train stop in the city.

Here are the rates:

Regular Hours (5am-12mn)
Adult: ¥900 if you reserve in advance, ¥1000 if you book at the airport
Child: ¥500

Late Night/Early Morning (12mn-5am)
Adult: ¥900 if you reserve, ¥2000 if you book at the airport
Child: ¥500 if you reserve, ¥1000 if you book at the airpot

To book in advance, visit the Keisei Bus website and click on the ENGLISH tab in the upper right corner. On the next page, click on TOKYO SHUTTLE. Follow the steps detailed on the next page.

If you’re more comfortable booking with Klook instead, they have bus services from Narita Airport Terminal 1 or 2 to Tokyo City Air Terminal or Tokyo Station.

RESERVE A TICKET HERE


Narita Airport to Tokyo City Center by Train

Narita Airport has 3 terminals but only Terminals 1 and 2 have their own train station. If you’re landing at Terminal 3, you need to make your way on foot to Terminal 2. You just need to follow the signs. Plenty of ’em around.

The cheapest train option is the Keisei Main Line Limited Express. Depending on where your hotel is located, your route will change and you might need to make a few train switches. To check, visit the Hyperdia website and enter the train station closest to your hotel.

Do not confuse this with the Keisei SKYLINER, for which seats are paid and reservations are mandatory. The great thing about the Skyliner though is that it can take you to the city in almost half the time (but for double the price).

But here’s how to get to Tokyo’s transportation hubs.


Narita Airport to Ueno

You can travel to Keisei-Ueno Station by Keisei Main Line Limited Express.

Fare: ¥1030 for adult (¥520, child)
Travel time: 70 minutes
Seat: Free seating

If you really want to reach the city faster for whatever reason, then consider the Keisei SKYLINER. Again, seats here are paid and reservations are mandatory. It’s not a cheap option but here are the details in case you’re interested.

Fare: ¥1240
Reserved Seat: ¥1230 (additional fee)
Travel time: 40 minutes (to Ueno)

RESERVE A SKYLINER TICKET HERE


Narita Airport to Tokyo Station

If your hotel is near Tokyo Station, you will need to get off at Keisei-Ueno Station. From here you have to transfer to any of these options:

  • JR Yamanote Line (OUTER LOOP) for OSAKI
  • JR Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Line Rapid for OFUNA
  • JR Takasaki Line for ITO

Note that Keisei-Ueno Station is detached from Ueno Station. You will have to travel on foot for roughly 8 minutes.

Anyway, whatever line you choose, alight at Tokyo Station. Here are the rates and travel times.

Narita Airport to Keisei-Ueno
Fare: ¥1030 for adult (¥520, child)
Travel time: 70 minutes
Seat: Free seating

Ueno to Tokyo Station
Fare: ¥160 for adult
Travel time: 6-8 minutes
Seat: Free seating

Personally, if my hotel is near Tokyo Station, I’d just take the Keisei bus.


Narita Airport to Shinjuku

Same process. You travel via Keisei Main Line to Keisei-Ueno and transfer to JR Yamanote Line. This time, you take Yamanote’s INNER LOOP for Osaki and alight at Shinjuku Station.

Narita Airport to Keisei-Ueno
Fare: ¥1030 for adult (¥520, child)
Travel time: 70 minutes
Seat: Free seating

Ueno to Shinjuku Station
Fare: ¥200 for adult
Travel time: 25 minutes
Seat: Free seating

Note that these are not necessarily the fastest routes but the cheapest without that many transfers.

That’s it! Enjoy your stay in Tokyo!


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Comments

  1. nat says:

    hi ask ko lang po.. i can’t find the info at hyperdia website.. do i need to buy the ticket in advance for the kesei main line? tia :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Aireen! Use Hyperdia to know the best ways to get there and the trains to take.

  2. Dawn says:

    Hi! I have a question please. How to go from Narita to Shibuya? thanks I would really appreciate your response. Please.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If you want a direct trip (no transfers) from Narita Airport, you can ride the LIMITED EXPRESS NARITA EXPRESS train straight to Shibuya Station.

      • Yssa says:

        Hi! Is limited express narita express train similar to the keisei skyliner?

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