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Tokyo Narita International Airport Ground Transportation

Rail:

Narita Airport has plenty of rail connections, with airport express trains as well as commuter trains running on various routes to Tokyo and beyond. Two operators serve the airport: East Japan Railway Company (JR East), and Keisei Electric Railway. Trains to and from the airport stop at Narita Airport Station (Narita-kuko-eki) in Terminal 1 and Airport Terminal 2 Station (Kuko-daini-biru-eki) in Terminal 2.

JR Trains

Narita Express Narita Express runs from the airport via the Narita and Sobu lines to Tokyo Station. The trainsets divide at Tokyo, with one set looping clockwise around central Tokyo to the Saikyo Line, stopping at Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Omiya and/or Takao, while the other set proceeds south to Shinagawa, Yokohama and Ofuna through the Yokosuka Line. Trains normally run non-stop between Narita Airport and Tokyo, but during rush hours they also stop at Narita, Yotsukaido and Chiba to accommodate commuters. The daytime non-stop service takes 55 min from the airport to Tokyo. A single trip from the airport to Tokyo Station costs ¥2940, while a trip to more distant stops costs up to ¥4500. All seating is reserved.

Airport Narita is the suburban JR service to the airport. It follows the same route to Tokyo Station but makes 15 intermediate stops en route, taking 80 min as opposed to the non-stop 55-min Narita Express. From Tokyo Station, most trains continue through the Yokosuka Line to Ofuna, Zushi, Yokosuka and Kurihama in Kanagawa Prefecture. A single trip to Tokyo Station on this route costs ¥1280.

After Tokyo Station (when coming from Narita), some trains split into two. One part continues on the Yokosuka Line to Kanagawa Prefecture, stopping at Yokohama Station in Yokohama (90 minutes), Totsuka Station (also in Yokohama, 105 minutes), and Ofuna Station in Kamakura (110 minutes). One part takes the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku Station in Shinjuku and Shibuya (80 minutes). The other part then either takes the Chuo Main Line, continuing in Tokyo and serving Tachikawa Station in Tachikawa (105 minutes), Hachioji Station in Hachioji (115 minutes) and Takao Station in Hachioji (2 hours), or takes the Saikyo Line to Omiya Station in Saitama, Saitama Prefecture (2 hours and 15 minutes).

All seating on the Narita Express trains is reserved. The assigned seat number and car number are indicated on the tickets. Tickets can be purchased from agents in the arrivals hall of each terminal and from automatic ticket vending machines.

JR also offers rapid service Kaisoku Airport Narita trains to Tokyo Station, which take 90 minutes but cost less than the Narita Express. These trains stop at several stations on the Narita Line and Sobu Line en route to Tokyo. Most continue on to stops on the Yokosuka Line, going as far as Kurihama Station in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Keisei

Keisei Skyliner Express Keisei operates two lines between Narita Airport and central Tokyo. The newer Narita Sky Access Line follows an almost straight path across northern Chiba Prefecture, while the older Keisei Main Line passes through the cities of Narita, Sakura and Funabashi. The lines converge at Keisei-Takasago Station in northeast Tokyo and then follow a common right-of-way to Nippori Station and Keisei Ueno Station, both located on the northeast side of the Yamanote Line that loops around central Tokyo.

As with the Narita Express, all seating on Skyliner trains is reserved. Seat allocations are indicated on the tickets, which can be purchased from agents in the airport terminal.

Regular Keisei trains cost about half as much as the Skyliner and are the least expensive rail connection to the airport, although they make many stops, are slow and are often crowded.

Keisei also offers connecting and through service from Narita Airport to Haneda Airport, a cooperative service with the Toei Asakusa Line and Keihin Kyuko Railway. There are between six and eight daily direct trains from Haneda to Narita, taking about two hours, with one daily direct service from Narita to Haneda (rather leaving Narita at either 6:07 or 7:30 in the morning). In other cases, a transfer of trains must take place at a station along the Keisei line. Trains running through to the Asakusa Line make stops at several subway stations in central Tokyo, including Asakusa, Nihombashi and Shinagawa, making them convenient for some travellers.

Airport Rapid Limited trains, which make limited stops on the Asakusa and Keikyu lines, are denoted on signboards by an aircraft icon.

Keisei and Shibayama Railway trains also serve Higashi-Narita Station, located between the two terminals, but this station is currently only useful to travellers moving between the airport and neighborhoods convenient to Shibayama Chiyoda Station immediately east of the airport.

Bus

There are regular bus services to regional transport hubs, although these are often slower than the trains because of traffic jams. Many bus companies operate to and from the airport, charging fares from 3,000 yen for central Tokyo to 4,000 yen for outer suburbs. Operators include:

  • Airport Limousine to stations in the centre of Tokyo including Yokohama City Air Terminal, Tokyo City Air Terminal, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) and major hotels
  • Keisei Bus to suburban transport hubs
  • Chiba Kotsu to Saitama, Yamanashi and Fukushima
  • Chiba Kotsu overnight bus service to Kyoto and Osaka, which takes about 12 hours and costs 9,000 to 10,000 yen.

Taxi

Taxi service is available, although it is usually prohibitively expensive for single travellers because of the great distance from the airport to the city. Fares are based on a zone system; trips to central Tokyo range from 14,000 to 20,000 yen (plus around 1,450 yen for expressway tolls, also late night/early morning surcharges). Shared ride services no longer operate from Narita.

Local Time: 16-Dec-2017 09:41 PM
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