Narita airport is mostly your gateway to explore in Japan. But Narita airport is not close to downtown Tokyo. You have to think about a transportation to downtown Tokyo. Let’s see which way is the best for you.
If you want to start to use your Japan Rail Pass right after you arrive at Narita airport, why don’t you take Narita Express. It is fast. (but not the fastest) You don’t need to pay any charge. But if you want to save your days of Japan Rail Pass, the fare (basic fare + express surcharge) is 2,940 yen to Tokyo station. It takes 53 minutes. You can get more informations on the post, Narita Express.
If you want to use a train, but you want to save a fare, Rapid train “Airport Narita” may be considerable. Since this is a sort of local train, you don’t need to pay limited express surcharge. It takes 80 to 85 minutes to get Tokyo from Narita airport. The fare is 1280 yen to Tokyo, 1450 yen to Shinjuku or Shibuya and 1890 yen to Yokohama. You can get more informations on the post, Rapid Train on Yokosuka-Sobu line (Airport Narita).
Skyliner is the express train that is operated by Keisei Railway. You cannot use Japan Rail Pass for taking this train. But this express train is the fastest way to downtown Tokyo. It takes only 36 minutes to Nippori, 41 minutes to Ueno. This express train is cheaper than Narita Express. The fare (basic + surcharge) is 2,400 yen. If you don’t use your Japan Rail Pass on the arrival day, you may think about this train. Please refer Keisei Railway website about the detail.
And also if you want to save a fare, you can take Limited Express or Access Express on Keisei line. These express trains are a kind of local train. So you don’t need to pay surcharge. The fare is 1000yen to Nippori or Ueno by Limited Express and 1200 yen by Access Express. The difference between Access Express and Limited Express is time required. Access Express takes short cut route. So it takes about 1 hour to get Ueno by Access Express. This is about 10 minutes faster than Limited Express.
If you will stay at the major hotel in downtown Tokyo. The limousine may take you to the door of the hotel. They have a lot of the route. They stop at the most of major hotel in Metro Tokyo. The fare is from 2,700 yen to 3,000 yen. The travel time is 75 minutes or more. It is not fastest and not cheap. But it might be most convenient way. Especially when you have several big luggages. If you need more informations about the schedule and the fare, please refer Airport Limousine website.
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