The list of deals for Tokyo to/from Narita airport

Narita Airport departure floor © Y.Shimizu/© JNTO
Narita Airport departure floor © Y.Shimizu/© JNTO

It you use JR Pass, JR East Pass or Kanto Area Pass right after you arrive in Narita, you don’t need to purchase any more deals or passes. But some of you stay in Tokyo for the first several days and activate JR Pass or other deals. In this case, you might think about additional deal for the transfer to Tokyo from Narita.

In this post, I will show you the discount fare, budget type bus services and deals.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

N’EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket

New train E259 series Narita Express
JR’s airport express train, Narita Express

This is the deal for taking Narita Express. Round trip deal, “N’EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket” is sold at 4000 yen. It is valid for 14 days. Unfortunately one way deal is no longer available.

Please see the post, to get more info about Narita Express.

You can get Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro at 2000 yen for half amount of round trip ticket. This is most affordable option to get Shinjuku and Ikebukuro from Narita. And also you can take Narita Express to even Yokohama, Omiya and Ofuna at same price. If you do not exit the station, you can change trains as many as you want and go anywhere in coverage area, such as JR stations in downtown Tokyo, Yokohama, Omiya, Kamakura, Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland) and many more places.

You can find the map and more information about this deal in the link below:
N’EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket, JR East official site.

Keisei Skyliner / Skyliner and Metro deal

Keisei Railway Skyliner
Keisei Railway Skyliner is the fastest train other than Shinkansen.

Keisai Railway is one of major private railway companies in Tokyo area. This railway’s limited express train that is called “Skyliner” is the fastest train service to get downtown Tokyo. It connects Narita and Ueno in about 45 minutes.

Keisei Skyliner official site

One way special discount fare is 2,200 yen which is higher than half amount of N’ex Tokyo Direct Ticket. But you can purchase either one way or round trip. One way deal is available for either directions, Narita to Nippori/Ueno or Ueno/Nippori to Narita. This is more flexible than Narita Express deal. Please see the link below to find this Skyliner special disctount deal:

Skyliner special discount ticket, Keisei railway official site

The seat is not very high-end but it is comfortable for 45 minutes ride.
The seat is not very high-end but it is comfortable for 45 minutes ride.

Keisei Railway offers Skyliner and Tokyo subway pass combo deal too. There are both one way and round trip available. One way deal can be used for either way, to Narita airport or from Narita airport. And also you can choose 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours subway pass. The price is from 2,800 yen for one way Skyliner trip and 24 hours Metro pass. Please see the link below to get the details.

Keisei Railway Skyliner and Metro Pass,, Keisei railway official site

If you want to the fastest service to get northern part of downtown Tokyo, Skyliner is the best choice.

Keisei Access Express

Some of Keisei Railway Access Express go to Haneda airport directly from Narita airport via Toei subway line.
Some of Keisei Railway Access Express go to Haneda airport directly from Narita airport via Toei subway line.

If you want to access to Asakusa, Ginza, Haneda or other places along Toei Subway Asakusa line, Keisei Railway’s Access Express takes you these places directly. This is a sort of commute train. It does not have luxury interior. However any express surcharges are not required. You can take this train by base fare ticket only.

There is no deals available for taking this train but the base fare is quite reasonable. The fare is around 1,300 yen from Narita airport to these areas. Please find “Fare table for main station on the Narita Sky Access Line” in the link below:

Keisei Railway Access Express site

This train connects Narita and Nippori, Ueno too. If you want to save your cost, this train may be suitable for you.

Airport Limousine bus / Limousine and Metro deal

Limousine Bus at Narita Airport South Wing (C) Rsa
Limousine Bus at Narita Airport South Wing (C) Rsa

Airport limousine is most convenient option if you stay in major hotel. You can get the hotel door directly from Narita Airport. But the fare to most places in downtown Tokyo is 3,100 yen. It is very pricey. But if you intend to make round trip by limousine bus, special round trip fare is available at 4,500 yen. Please refer the link below:

Welcome to Tokyo Airport Limousine Bus Return Voucher

If you explore in Tokyo after arrival, Limousine bus ticket and Metro combo deal is also available. The price starts from 1800 yen for one way ticket and 24 hours subway ticket. There are one way and round trip availabe. And also 48 hours and 72 hours subway ticket deals can be added. Please see the link below to find the detailed information:

Limousine and Metro Pass

The Access Narita

This low cost bus service runs between Tokyo/Ginza and Narita airport. One way fare is very attractive at only 1000 yen and child rate is half, 500 yen.

The Access Narita (LCC bus by Be-Transse Group / Heiwa Kotsu) official site

This bus company try to reduce the operation cost as much as they can. So some of the bus stop is a bit away from the station. However if you take a bus at Tokyo station, you can catch a bus at Yaesu exit easily. Please see the link below to find more information.

Official site “Where to board”

You may not be very familiar the place and you may have many baggage. If you take this bus service and transfer to trains in Tokyo station, 15 minutes gives you easy transfer in my opinion.

Keisei Bus Tokyo Shuttle

Keisei Bus Tokyo Shuttle (C) Keisei Bus H636 Tokyo Shuttle - Comyu
Keisei Bus Tokyo Shuttle (C) Keisei Bus H636 Tokyo Shuttle – Comyu

This is another low cost bus service between Narita and Tokyo/Ginza. The fare is cheaper at 900 yen. But if you take midnight and early morning service without booking, the fare is 1500 yen. And child rate does not apply. For family travellers, The Access Narita is better.

Keisei Bus official site

This bus service is cheaper than other bus service, The Access Narita. But the bus stop at Tokyo station is a bit away from the station. Please see the map below. I pointed both Access Narita and Keisei Bus in this map.

Keisei Bus sells the bus ticket and Tokyo Metro combo ticket from 1,700 yen. You can choose one way or round trip and for subway portion, 24, 48 and 72 hours are available. Please see the link below:

Tokyo Shuttle and subway pass combo deal

Actually Tokyo Subway Ticket 24 hours is sold at 800 yen. You can purchase only this subway pass at Narita airport too.

Tokyo Metro official site, Tokyo Subway Ticket

So this is just combination and it does not offer any combination discounted price. But you can purchase both at same time at Keisei bus ticket window.

164 thoughts on “The list of deals for Tokyo to/from Narita airport”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I need advice on transport from Narita airport as well as general travel during my stay: I have already purchased 7 day JR National pass. My itinerary is:

    Day 1: Arrive to Narita Airport – Check in to accomodation at Nakano

    Day 2: Sightseeing Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku

    Day 3: Hakone

    Day 4: Tokyo / Travel to Osaka

    Day 5-8: Osaka (will also visit Kyoto and Hiroshima)

    Day 9: Travel back to Tokyo and check in accomodation at Tokyo Bay

    Day 10: Sightseeing Akasuka, Akihabara, and Ginza

    Day 11: Disneyland

    Day 12: Travel to Narita Airport

    I am confused on which is the best option to take from the airport and back. Also which passes to buy for general travel?

    I really appreciate your help, thanks.

    1. Hi Henry,

      You may use JR pass from day 3 to 9. But some parts of the trips during using JR pass are not covered, such as Hakone. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html#How_to_use_JR_pass_in_major_cities_and_tourist_spots

      The best deal for day 1 is Limousine and subway 24 hours combo. These deals cover Narita to/from Shinjuku directly. You may need to add single fare to get Nakano from Shinjuku by JR Chuo line train but you can use subway pass for next day to get most of places in Tokyo.

      You can use subway pass later but Tokyo Bay area is not covered by subway. You may use regular fare or using Suica instead on day 10.
      http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html?src=gnavi

      You can take Limousine bus from Tokyo Bay area to Narita too if bus schedule suit to your flight time. But there is no round trip combo + 24 hours subway pass.
      https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/information/visitor_tickets/subwaypass/

      If you take round trip combo, you should have 48 hours subway ticket but it’s not required in your trip.
      https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/bus_services/narita/tdr.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi

    My 2 weeks trip is looking like this

    Arriving and staying in Narita (18/07 – 25/07)
    Travelling to Southern Osaka, near KIX (25/07-31-07)

    What would be the best choice for daily public transportation in Narita to Tokyo and around Osaka. Also what would be the best choice for a single ride from Narita to Osaka.

    Thanks in advance
    Michael

    1. Hi Michael,

      I think you can use Tokyo wide pass for the first 3 days to Tokyo from Narita.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/tokyo-wide-pass-is-newer-version-of-kanto-area-pass-nikko-fuji-gala-yuzawa-and-odaiba-are-covered-by-this-pass.html

      You can take Narita Express for daily transportation to Tokyo by Tokyo Wide Pass.
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/narita-express.html

      And then you can use JR pass 7 days. JR pass covers Narita Express, Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, and Haruka from Shin-Osaka to KIX.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/kansai-airport-limited-express-haruka.html

      After JR pass expired, you can use either Kansai area pass or Kansai thru pass. Kansai thru pass has better coverage in Osaka.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-choose-discount-railway-ticket-and-pass-in-kansai-area.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takeshi san,
    My husband and I will be visiting Japan for the first time later this month. Our itinerary is:
    4/29 late afternoon — arriving Osaka Kansai Airport. Hotel is near Namba Station.
    5/1 around noon — take train from Osaka to Kyoto. Hotel is near Kyoto Station.
    5/4 around noon — take Shinkansen train to Tokyo. Hotel is near Shinjuku Station.
    What trains should we take? Should we buy JR rail pass? How to reserve Shinkansen tickets ahead of time? I have read that I should buy bus/rail day pass for inside Kyoto, and Suica card for Tokyo?
    I am rather confused. Your kind suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks!

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for your prompt advise.

    I plan to visit Toyama, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shin Hotaka, Kamikochi, Tateyama Alpine Route, Shirakawago.
    I am thinking of making Toyama as my base station so that I do not need to worry about my heavy luggage.
    Day 1 – Toyama to Tateyama Alpine Route
    Day 2 – Toyama to Shirakawago
    Day 3 – Toyama to Kanazawa
    Day 4/5 – Toyama to Takayama
    Day 6 – Toyama to Shin Hotaka
    Day 7 – Toyama to Kamikochi
    Is it wise to do this way?

    1. Hi May,

      Kamikochi is too far to get from Toyama. You cannot get Kamikochi from Toyama directly either. Matsumoto is the best place to get there.
      http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6040.html

      Other places can be accessed directly. But you will spend 1 to 2.5 hours to get these places. You don’t need to worry about luggage but you will spend many minutes and cost. Please see the links below:
      http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5941.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-get-shirakawa-go-%E7%99%BD%E5%B7%9D%E9%83%B7.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-to-takayama-by-trains-and-buses.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi san,

    I intend to go Toyama from Tokyo in June. Is arriving in Haneda Airport more convenience to take transport to Toyama or arriving in Narita Airport better?

    1. Hi May,

      Haneda is closer but you have to change trains. You will take Monorail from Haneda to Hamamatsucho and take local train to Tokyo from Hamamatsucho. But you can get Tokyo from Narita by Narita Express directly. Trip time from Haneda is 30 minutes. It’s still shorter than trip from Narita for one hour. Which one is better for you, shorter trip with one transfer or longer trip with no transfer?

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi Takeshi,
    My family of 4 will be visiting Japan in May and our tentative intinery is as follows:

    Day 1 – arrive at Narita at 3.10pm. Travel to hotel at Shinjuku and explore.

    Day 2,3,4 – Asakusa, Shibuya, Tsukjii, Roppongi, Harajuku, Ginza

    Day 5 – depart Tokyo for Hakone to stay at onsen. Will purchase Hakone free pass to explore area.

    Day 6 – depart Hakone for Kyoto. Hotel is around Kyoto station.

    Day 7,8, – explore Kyoto

    Day 9 – depart Kyoto for Osaka. Explore Osaka and Kobe.

    Day 10 – depart Osaka to Kansai Airport flight at 4.15pm.

    Could you advise if I should buy the JR pass and if not, what are the best alternatives for travel?

    Thanks in advance.

    Doreen

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thanks so much for your reply. However, I am very confused about the advice you gave on buying a ticket from Odawara to Kansai Airport with stopovers in Kyoto and Osaka. My question is – can we make stopovers for 3-4 days in Kyoto and 1 day in Osaka with this Odawara-Kansai ticket as long as travel is in the direction to Kansai Airport? That is – there is no limit to the amount of time spent on the stopovers?

        Thanks and appreciate the time you spent in answering our queries.

        Regards,
        Doreen

        1. Hi Doreen,

          The valid days is varied by the distance.
          http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/for-non-jr-pass-travellers-guide-to-use-jr-single-ticket-basic-rules-validity-and-stopover.html

          In this case, it’s valid for 4 days. If you stay in Kyoto for 4 days, it’s expired there. You need to buy another ticket for Kyoto to Osaka and Osaka to Kyoto separately. But even if you need to buy a ticket one by one, it’s not much different. You also can find the deal in the link below for Osaka to KIX.
          http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi,

            We have now almost finalised our travel plans and would appreciate your advice on the best form of travel for the 4 of us. Our itinerary and questions are as follows:

            Day 1
            Arrive at Narita Airport at 3.10pm. To travel to Shinjuku station for accommodation near Nishi-Shinjuku Station ( which is 6 mins walk away).
            Question: Is it better to purchase Skyliner + 72 hour subway pass for Y$3,500 per person or limousine+ subway pass for Y$6000 for 2 persons ( as we are a party of 4) or Keiseiki Bus Tokyo shuttle + subway 3 day pass for Y$ 2400 per person or any other mode of travel?

            Day 1,2,3 -We intend to visit the various tourist spots of Senjoji Temple, Meiji-jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Shinuya, Tsukjii Fish Market, Roppongi and do not know whether they are within walking distances or require subway/metro travel.

            Day 4.
            Leave early morning from Shinjuku Station for Hakone. Our hotel is Mt View Hotel at Sengokuhara, Hakonemachi, Ashigarashimogun, Hakone.
            Question is: Is it better to go by Romance car and have to change to bus at Hakone-Yumoto or by highway bus from Shinjuku all the way to the hotel without having to change mode of transport since the bus stops directly outside the hotel. We intend to purchase the Hakone free pass for travel within Hakone.

            Day 5
            We will depart from Hakone after breakfast to either Hakone-Yumoto or Odadwara and take the train to Kyoto. As we will be staying in Kyoto for 4 days, you have advised that it is not possible to buy the 1-way ticket to Kansai Airport with stop overs in kyoto and Osaka. As such, which is the best train to Kyoto as we will be staying at Higashishiokojicho, Pleasance Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture?

            Day 6, 7, We will be exploring Kyoto eg Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji, Nijo Castle, path of Philosophy, Arashiyama- Sagano Bamboo Forest, Gion, Nishiki Market .
            Question: Which train/subway pass is the best for travel to these places?

            Day 8: We will leave Kyoto early in the morning and travel by train to Kobe to have lunch after which we will travel by train to Osaka. Our accommodation in Osaka is at Umeda, Nakazakicho in Kita, Osaka.
            Question: Which train or subway should we take to reach our accommodation in Osaka?

            Day 9: We will depart Osaka to Kansai Airport. Which is the best way to go from our hotel stay in Osaka?

            As this is the first time we are travelling to Japan, we are very confused and will greatly appreciate your advice.

            Thanking you in advance.

            Yours sincerely,
            Doreen

          2. Hi Doreen,

            >Question: Is it better to purchase Skyliner + 72 hour subway pass for Y$3,500 per person or limousine+ subway pass for Y$6000 for 2 persons ( as we are a party of 4) or Keiseiki Bus Tokyo shuttle + subway 3 day pass for Y$ 2400 per person or any other mode of travel?

            Limousine is only direct way to get Shinjuku in these choices. But the price is most expensive. So it’s your choice, trip time or cost.

            >Question is: Is it better to go by Romance car and have to change to bus at Hakone-Yumoto or by highway bus from Shinjuku all the way to the hotel without having to change mode of transport since the bus stops directly outside the hotel. We intend to purchase the Hakone free pass for travel within Hakone.

            If you want to get direct transfer, bus is your choice. The choice is yours.

            >We will depart from Hakone after breakfast to either Hakone-Yumoto or Odadwara and take the train to Kyoto. As we will be staying in Kyoto for 4 days, you have advised that it is not possible to buy the 1-way ticket to Kansai Airport with stop overs in kyoto and Osaka. As such, which is the best train to Kyoto as we will be staying at Higashishiokojicho, Pleasance Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture?

            You need to use single fare ticket from Odawara to Kyoto anyway. There is no other choices.

            >Question: Which train/subway pass is the best for travel to these places?
            Use all day bus pass and pay just regular fare when you need to take trains.
            http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

            Question: Which train or subway should we take to reach our accommodation in Osaka?
            Take JR train from Kyoto to Osaka. Catch subway Tanimachi line at Higashi-Umeda station to Nakazakicho. JR Osaka and Higashi-Umeda stations are same location. No deals are available for this route. But if you intend to sightsee in Osaka, you can find the link below:
            http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

            Please also check the subway map in the link below.
            http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/library/english/img/guide_english2.pdf

            Day 9: We will depart Osaka to Kansai Airport. Which is the best way to go from our hotel stay in Osaka?
            Take subway Tanimachi line to Higashi-Umeda and transfer to JR train, Kansai airport rapid train to KIX. No deals are available for this trip.
            http://jprail.com/travel-informations/how-to-get-kansai-airport-and-wakayama-kansai-airport-rapid-service-and-kishuji-rapid-service.html

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

      2. Hi Takeshi,

        I have another question which I hope to get your advice. From our accommodation in Shinjuku to the various places of interest eg Asakusa, Harajuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Tsukiji Market, Ueno Park, Imperial Palace – is the Tokyo metro and subway pass sufficient or do I need to purchase JR train tickets as well? I intend to buy the Skyliner ( from Narita ) with the 72 hour metro/subway pass.

  7. Hi Takeshi San
    My itinerary is as followed:

    Day 1: Arrival in Narita at 8am; heading straight to Shinjuku
    Day 2: Tokyo
    Day 3: Depart for Osaka at 10am
    Day 4 to 7: Kyoto, Kobe, Nara
    Day 8 to 11: Tokyo; Narita back home

    I’ve also purchased a 7 days JR Pass

    What’s my travelling options? Especiallt from Narita to Shinjuku?

    Cheers
    Eugene

  8. Hi Takeshi,
    My tentative itinerary is –

    Day 1 – Arrive at Narita 4:20PM – Check in at Hostel close to Iriya station and explore the surrounding area

    Day 2 – Shibuya, Shinjuku and Harajuku

    Day 3 – Nikko (or) Mt.Fuji 5 seas (or) DisneyLand

    Day 4 – Akihabara, Asakusa, Tsukiji, Ginza

    Day 5 – Leave Hostel and Get to Hotel at Chiyoda and head out to Odaiba and surrounding areas

    Day 6 – Southern Tokyo

    Day 7 – Northern Tokyo – Ikebukuro, etc

    Day 8 – 16 = Pre booked Travel by bus to hiroshima, Hakone, Kyoto and Osaka

    Day 17 – Return to Tokyo from Osaka and spend the night and leave the following morning

    So, i would like your help regarding how to get from Narita to my hostel and how i proceed for my itinerary at tokyo, do i take any passes as per your recommendation?

    Help appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi Anvesh,

      I recommend you to use Skyliner and subway pass 72 hours at 5400 yen for round trip.
      http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/value_ticket/subway.php

      Iriya is one station away from Ueno. You can get Ueno by Keisei skyliner from Narita airport. You can start using 72 hours pass right after you arrive in Ueno. It’s not 3 days but 72 hours. So you can use it until evening on day 4.

      And also I recommend you to swap day 3 and any day in Tokyo. You cannot use subway pass for Nikko and Fuji. You should visit Nikko or Fuji after 72 hours pass expired.

      I don’t think you need to go to Fuji because you will visit Hakone. You can see Fuji from Hakone. If you go to Nikko, you can use Tobu railway deal from Asakusa.
      http://www.tobu.co.jp/foreign/en/pass/

      Asakusa is a few stations away from Ueno.

      You can add more subway pass if you want. Please see the link below:
      http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/travel/index.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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