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Tokyo Narita International Airport Access Guide

Narita International Airport is the largest international airport in Japan. It also serves as a main airport, providing international airlines a Tokyo connection to the rest of the world. Since the airport is the first stop for foreign tourists visiting Tokyo, their primary concern is likely how exactly to get to the city center.

The good news is that you don’t have to worry! This guide tells you how you can efficiently get to downtown Tokyo via train or shuttle bus, as well as explains the modes of transportation available to popular destinations such as Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shibuya and Asakusa. Just choose from the most efficient, most convenient, or most economical way below so you can begin your spectacular vacation in Tokyo!
Tokyo city view

Three Primary Modes of Transportation

There are three ways to get from Narita International Airport to downtown Tokyo—each with their own advantages and disadvantages: Keisei Electric Railway, Narita Express (N’EX), and the airport shuttle bus. 
Airport access map
Keisei Electric Railway is one of the main modes of transportation in Narita International Airport, connecting the Airport to Tokyo Ueno Station and Haneda International Airport. Keisei Electric Railway offers three different lines: Keisei Main Line, ACCESS Express and SKYLINER.
Keisei Electric Railway map
- Keisei Main Line
Keisei Main Line is similar to subway systems without any designated seat. The fare is low, though it takes a relatively longer time to reach downtown Tokyo. If you are not in a hurry, Keisei Main Line is a good choice as it is the most economical option, costing only 1,030 yen from Narita International Airport to the terminal Ueno Station.
Keisei Main Line map

- ACCESS Express
Equipped with Keisei 3050 series trains, ACCESS Express is not as fast as the fastest Skyliner. However, it is also very popular among travelers since it has fewer stops and doesn’t charge an express fee. It costs only 1,300 yen from Narita International Airport to Higashi-Ginza for cash payments and 1,318 yen via PASMO and Suica transport IC cards. It also remains to be a cost-effective choice. 
ACCESS Express map
- SKYLINER
SKYLINER is the fastest line under Keisei Electric Railway, with a speed of up to 160 kilometers per hour. It shuttles between the airport and Tokyo Ueno Station with only two stops along the way. It has up to three trips per hour scheduled, all with reserved seats. This line is ideal for travelers with a tight schedule and heavy luggage. It costs 2,470 yen from Narita International Airport to Nippori, with a discount ticket at 2,465 yen available for users of PASMO, Suica and other approved IC cards.
SKYLINER  map
SKYLINER map

2. Narita Express (N'EX)

Narita Express, also referred to as N'EX, is a speedy, convenient, and comfortable direct express train connecting Narita International Airport to main cities in the capital circle such as Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Yokohama. It takes only 53 minutes from Narita International Airport to Tokyo via N'EX. 

For designated seats at Narita International Airport, tickets are available at the JR Ticket Office, Tourist Service Center and ticket vending machines. Overseas travelers can opt to reserve tickets via the JR-EAST Train Reservation System of the JR East Japan Railway. However, ticketing through the reservation system can only be done a day before the departure. A single way ticket costs 3,020 yen, while a roundtrip ticket costs 4,000 yen. 

3. Airport Limousine Bus 

The Airport Limousine Bus is a direct shuttle bus between Narita International Airport and major Tokyo hotels and stations. The Airport Limousine Bus is recommended if you are bringing heavy luggage or are traveling with children and your hotel happens to be located near a bus stop. This way, you won’t have to worry about the transfer, and the bus driver can also help you with your luggage. The fare is not low, however, and you are likely to spend a lot of time caught in traffic.
Airport Limousine Bus - Narita Airport stops
 

From Narita International Airport to Shinjuku
The Best Time Saver: SKYLINER

If you want to go to Shinjuku from the Airport, you can first take SKYLINER and then transfer to JR Yamanote Line at Nippori Station. The entire journey will take about 1 hour and 5 minutes, and will cost around 2,500 yen. 

The Best Money Saver: Keisei Main Line
If you take Keisei Main Line, you will also need to transfer to JR Yamanote Line at Nippori Station. It has the lowest fare at only 1,300 yen. However, the journey will take about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The Best Labor Saver: Airport Limousine Bus
The Airport Limousine Bus has quite a few stops in Shinjuku. It is recommended for travelers with the luxury of time. You will not need transfers, which means you can take a nap on the bus! The entire journey can take anywhere from 1 hour and 20 minutes to 2 hours, and will cost around 3,100 yen.

From Narita International Airport to Shibuya
The Best Time Saver: SKYLINER

If you want to go to Shibuya from the airport, you can first take SKYLINER and then transfer to JR Yamanote Line at Nippori Station. You will only take about 1 hour and 10 minutes for the whole journey, costing roughly 2,500 yen. 

The Best Money Saver: Keisei Main Line
If you take Keisei Main Line, you also need to transfer to JR Yamanote Line at Nippori Station. It has the lowest fare at only 1,300 yen. However, the journey will take about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

The Best Labor Saver: Airport Limousine Bus
The Airport Limousine Bus has two stops in Shibuya. It is recommended for travelers who have time to spare. The journey will take anywhere from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours, and will cost approximately 3,100 yen.
 

From Narita International Airport to Ikebukuro
The Best Time Saver: SKYLINER

If you want to go to Ikebukuro from the Airport, you can first take SKYLINER and then transfer to JR Yamanote Line at Nippori Station. You will take around 55 minutes for the whole journey, which will cost around 2,600 yen. 

The Best Money Saver: Keisei Main Line
If you take Keisei Main Line, you also need to transfer to JR Yamanote Line at Nippori Station. It has the lowest fare at only 1,300 yen, though the whole journey will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The Most Convenient: Limousine Bus
The Airport Limousine Bus has four stops in Ikebukuro, and is ideal for travelers with time to spare. The entire trip will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours and 20 minutes, costing around 3,100 yen.

From Narita International Airport to Asakusa
Time & Money Saver: ACCESS Express

You can take ACCESS Express directly from Narita International Airport to Asakusa Station! Costing only 200 yen more than Keisei Main Line, it is definitely the most cost-effective way to travel from the airport to Asakusa. However, you will need to pay attention and watch for a specific train named Keisei Narita Sky Access Line Express. The entire journey will only take an hour, and will cost roughly 1,300 yen.

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