which one to choose? transportation from Narita Airport?

Mar 23, 2020

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There are several options you can choose when it comes to transportation to Narita Airport: JR Narita Express, Keisei Sky Access Express and Skyliner, airport limousine bus, or the local train.

For Narita Express, Keisei Sky Access and Skyliner, and airport limousine bus, these three options will take you to central Tokyo, including Tokyo Station, Shinjuku, and Shibuya.

The local train will take you to the closest station from your accommodation, but you need to check the route carefully before hopping on it.

Option no. 1: taking the JR Narita Express (N’EX)

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Narita Express trains leave from Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station every 25 to 40 minutes, and stop at the terminal 2 and 3 stations on their way out.

All Narita Express trains go to Tokyo Station, but if your destination is to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Yokohama, or other stations,
you’ll need to check which Narita Express train will take you there. All seats are reserved-seats, and there is a lot of space for luggage inside the train.

The fare for a one way trip from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station costs around 3,250 yen. You can also use the JR pass to hop on the Narita Express too.

Option no. 2: taking the Keisei Sky Access Express and Skyliner

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The Keisei Line offers express train services to Narita Airport: The Keisei Sky Access Express and the Keisei Skyliner.

Keisei Sky Access Express is slightly more expensive than the regular Keisei Train, and it offers better access to central Tokyo than the Skyliner because it is connected to the Toei Asakusa Subway Line. You have to pay about an extra 200 yen over the regular train, and it will cost you around 1,310 yen for a trip from Narita Airport to Asakusa Station (around 58 minutes).

On the other hand, Keisei Skyliner offers the fastest way to go to Narita Airport, just 36 minutes from Nippori and 41 minutes from Ueno. The fare costs 2,470 yen one way, and all seats are reserved seats, and you can book your ticket beforehand online.

Option no. 3: airport limousine bus

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Airport limousine bus is just a coach bus that goes directly from Narita Airport to major hotels and train stations in Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba, and Saitama.

The bus has big trunks where passengers can store their suitcases (up to 2 suitcases per passengers).

We strongly recommend taking the limousine bus if you’re traveling with kids and or a lot of luggage. The fare of the limousine bus varies by destination, around 2,980 yen per person. Children are roughly half price.

Option no. 4: local train

If you’re staying at the rural area, or in an area where the express trains or limousine buses cannot reach,
you might want to use local trains from Narita Airport.

The local trains are the cheapest option, but you might have to transfer a lot when taking the local train. To find the routes, click here.