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/passes.
List of the deals
|N’EX Tokyo Direct Ticket (one way)
This deal will be discontinued on March 13, 2015.
|1500 yen||Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Ofuna|
|N’EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket||4000 yen||Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Ofuna|
|Keisei Skyliner E-ticket||2200 yen||Nippori, Ueno|
|Keisei Skyliner & Metro||from 2600 yen||Nippori, Ueno
one day subway pass incl
|Limousine & Metro||3200 yen||most places in Tokyo|
|Keisei Bus||from 900 yen||Tokyo, Ginza|
|The Access Narita (bus)||from 1000 yen||Tokyo, Ginza|
N’EX Tokyo Direct Ticket / N’EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket
This is the deal for taking Narita Express. Only Narita Express ticket is offered at very attractive price, 1500 yen. Even if you go to Tokyo, the price is half of regular fare. But JR East will replace this one way deal by round trip deal at 4000 yen. It is valid for 14 days. And there will be no one way deal.
You can get Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro at 1500 yen or even 2000 yen for half of round trip ticket. This is the cheapest option to get Shinjuku and Ikebukuro from Narita. And also you can keep riding Narita Express to Yokohama, Omiya and Ofuna at same price. If you don’t exit the station, you can change trains as many as you want and go anywhere in Tokyo, Yokohama, Omiya, Kamakura, Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland) and many more places.
You can find the map and more information at JR East site.
However only Narita departure of one way deal is available. The one way trip to Narita is not available.
Keisei Skyliner / Skyliner and Metro deal
Keisai Railway is one of major private railway companies in Tokyo area. This railway’s express train that is called “Skyliner” is the fastest train service to get downtown Tokyo. It connects Narita and Ueno in about 45 minutes. Even if you go to Tokyo, Skyliner and JR local train connection is faster than Narita Express.
However the fare is higher than N’ex Tokyo Direct Ticket. Regular fare is 2470 yen and if you book online, you can get e-ticket fare at 2200 yen.
This fare is includes express surcharge and base fare to Ueno. If you go to other place in Tokyo, you have to add the fare on top of this fare.
Keisei Railway sells Skyliner and Metro combo deal too. There are both one way and round trip available. And also one day Metro pass and two days Metro Pass deals are available. The price is starting from 2600 yen for one way Skyliner trip and 1 day Metro pass. Please see the link below to get the details.
In the link above, it says One way + One day Metro is sold at 2600 yen and 580 yen cheaper. But Tokyo Metro one day open ticket is sold at 710 yen.
If you book Skyliner online, the fare is 2200 yen and total fare (Skyliner + Metro pass) is 2910 yen. So this one day and one day pass deal is only 310 yen cheaper. It compares this deal and regular fare. If you use N’ex Direct Ticket and purchase Tokyo Metro pass alone on the spot, total cost is 2210 yen. So if you care about the budget, Skyliner is not a right choice.
If you want to the fastest service to get northern part of downtown Tokyo, Skyliner is the best choice.
Keisei Access Express
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 express surcharge is not required.
There is no deal 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 some more information at Keisei Railway’s official 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
Airport limousine is most convenient option if you stay in major hotel. You can get the hotel door directly. But the fare to most places in Tokyo is 3100 yen and it is very pricey.
If you use Tokyo Metro to explore in Tokyo, you can get Limousine and Metro at 3200 yen for one way and one day Metro pass.
It is only 100 yen difference between regular fare and one way one day Metro deal. The total cost is still higher than N’ex Tokyo Direct ticket + one day Metro pass. But if you want to take Limousine bus from Narita, this deal may be suitable for you.
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.
This bus company try to reduce the operation cost as much as they can. So the bus stop is a bit away from the station.
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 is minimum connection time in my opinion.
Keisei Bus Tokyo Shuttle
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.
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 at 1610 yen. It is just combination and not discounted price. But if you purchase this deal at the airport, you can take subway train right away. You may be able to save the time to purchase the pass at subway station.