Narita Express, Most popular transfer from Narita airport to Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinagawa and Yokohama


New train E259 series Narita Express
New train E259 series Narita Express

Narita Express may be your first train in Japan. It is operated between Narita airport and Greater Tokyo area, such as Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Shibuya. And also service is extended to Yokohama, Totsuka, Ofuna and Omiya. This train stops both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in Narita airport.

After you arrive Narita airport, you can exchange your Japan Rail Pass and take this train to downtown Tokyo. Narita Express takes you to Tokyo station in 53 minutes by the fastest one. It is so fast and convenient. But this train does not take you to the door of Hotel. If you want to get the front door of hotel, I recommend you to take the Limousine bus. You also have a choice to take other private railway, Keisei line to Ueno and Nippori, and the cheapest way “Super Shuttle”. Please see the comparison at “How to access from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo“. And also if you stay several days in downtown Tokyo, please think about saving your rail pass days. Please refer this tips.

Route and Schedule

Narita Express is operated 27 round trains daily, mostly every 30 minutes between Tokyo and Narita Airport. Most of Narita Express do not stop at any stations between Tokyo and Narita airport. These trains are divided into two trains (or connected with other train) at Tokyo Station. One train goes to Shibuya/Shinjuku/Takao or Ikebukuro/Omiya. But most of these trains go to Shinjuku or Ikebukuro. Only 2 round trips to Omiya or Takao. The other train goes to Yokohama/Ofuna. 8 of 27 round trips go to Yokohama only. This train connects Narita airport with Tokyo in 53 minutes to 1 hour, with Yokohama around 1 hour and 30 minutes, and with Shinjuku around 1 hour and 20 minutes.


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Stations

Stations to Omiya
via Shinjuku/Ikebukuro
to Takao
via Shinjuku/Hachioiji
to Ofuna
via Yokohama
Narita Airport (成田空港) x x x
Airport Terminal 2 (空港第2ビル) x x x
Narita (成田) * * *
Yotsukaido (四街道) * * *
Chiba (千葉) * * *
Tokyo (東京) x x x
Shibuya (渋谷) x x
Shinjuku (新宿) x x
Ikebukuro (池袋) x
Omiya (大宮) x
Kichijoji (吉祥寺) x
Mitaka (三鷹) x
Kokubunji (国分寺) x
Tachikawa (立川) x
Hachioiji (八王子) x
Takao (高尾) x
Shinagawa (品川) x
Musashi-Kosugi (武蔵小杉) x
Yokohama (横浜) x
Totsuka (戸塚) x
Ofuna (大船) x

x=all trains stop *=Train to Tokyo stop at these stations in Morning peak hour and to Narita in evening peak hour only

Accommodation

E259 series was introduced in October 2009. It was completed to replace from previous train 253 series in June 2010. Green class in this train has 2+2 seat configuration. This Green seat is the leather seat and gives you very comfortable seating. But 2+2 seat configuration is same as Ordinary class. Both Green and Ordinary have the power outlet for the laptop or charging the batteries and WIFI access (not free. starting from 600 yen) in the train. Green class has 1160mm seat pitch. Ordinary class has 1020mm seat pitch. This Ordinary seat pitch is wider than JR East standard seat pitch, 910mm. So there is not much difference between Green and Ordinary in my opinion.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Train formation

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R R R R R G R R R R R G

G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat

Images

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29 thoughts on “Narita Express, Most popular transfer from Narita airport to Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinagawa and Yokohama”

  1. Hi, I will be flying to Tokyo in January 2015, and intend to take the Narita Express from Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Tokyo immediately after activating my Japan Rail Pass. Is it possible to make a reservation for seats on the Narita Express on the spot on the same day when I arrive in Tokyo (NRT)?

    If so, where can I make the reservation?

    Thank you so much.

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