Narita airport access guide. Narita airport to Tokyo deal guide

Narita (NRT)
Narita express
Narita Express is one of the train which runs between Narita airport and Tokyo.

Narita Airport is one of two international airports in Tokyo. You may arrive in this airport from your country. There are many ways to get downtown Tokyo by the train and the bus.

If you use JR Pass, JR East Pass and other JR deals right after you arrive in Narita, you may use it to get Tokyo. But some of you do not intend to use the pass right after the arrival. Or you may stay in Tokyo only and are looking for the deal which covers Narita airport to/from Tokyo only.

In this post, I will show you the access route between Narita airport and Tokyo. I will also explain you about the deal and the discount fare, and the budget type bus services.


Narita airport access map
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Narita Airport is sometimes called New Tokyo International Airport. But this airport is not located in Tokyo. It is located at Chiba prefecture and it is about 1 hour away from most part of downtown Tokyo.

As you saw the train route map above, JR and Keisei Railway connect Narita Airport and downtown Tokyo. I will explain what kind of trains are operated by JR and Keisei Railway. And there are many bus lines available too. I will tell you the bus service later in this post too.

First of all, I would like to explain you about Narita airport stations.

Narita airport arrival level and the stations

Narita airport
Arrival gate at Terminal 2

There are three airport terminal buildings in Narita airport, Terminal 1, 2 and 3. The trains stations are located underground of Terminal 1 and 2. These are called Narita Airport Terminal 1 station and Narita Airport Terminal 2 station. If you depart/arrive in Terminal 3, you have to walk from Terminal 2 station. It takes 15 minutes from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3.

It is quite easy to get the stations from the terminal. You can find the signage which says “Railway” at the arrival level very easily. You can go down by the escalators to get the stations quickly.

Narita airport
You can find this signage easily.

Both JR and Keisei Railway use same stations at both terminals. There are the ticket windows for the foreign tourists. But in these days, Japan has been very popular destination and the ticket window is very busy. You may find some more information at JR East and Keisei Railway official sites:

JR East Travel Service Center (Narita)
Keisei Railway Information Center

If you exchange the rail pass, please expect to spend at least 20 minutes. In my experience, 20 minutes is minimum. You may spend more. I have spent 45 minutes before to exchange the pass and book the train seats. Please do not make a tight travel plan.

Narita JR East
JR East Travel Center is the exchange place of JR Pass, JR East Pass. You may pick up online reservation ticket.
narita airport terminal 2 station
Narita Airport Terminal 2 station ticket gate. Keisei railway (left) and JR (right)

If you take a bus, you can find the bus ticket counter at the arrival level.

Narita limousine
Limousine bus ticket counter

It is located near the gate after the custom. You can find it easily.

I recorded the movie from the arrival of the flight to the station in the terminal 2 of Narita Airport. Please find the movie below to find the route more clearly:

JR trains

JR train lines are shown by the green line in the map above. If you go to Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Yokohama, JR line is better choice. There are two kinds of trains running from/to Narita airport by JR. These are Narita Express and Yokosuka-Sobu line rapid train. Both trains are covered by JR Pass, JR East Pass Nagano Niigata, JR East Pass Tohoku, Tokyo Wide Pass, Hokuriku Arch Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass.

Narita Express

Narita Express is JR limited express train. It connects Narita airport, Tokyo, Shinagawa, Yokohama, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro. Some trains go to Omiya, Takao and Ofuna. Please see the link below to find more information about Narita Express:

By the way, if you have a plan to go to Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka from Narita airport, you can take Narita Express to get Shinagawa. And you can catch the Shinkansen at Shinagawa. You can change Narita Express and the Shinkansen train at Tokyo too. But Shinagawa is easier.

Please find how to change the trains in Shinagawa station in the movie below:

Recommended deal – N’EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket

This is the round trip deal between Narita airport and Tokyo, surrounding area by Narita Express and the ordinary train. This round trip deal, “N’EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket” is sold at 4000 yen. It is valid for 14 days. You may change the trains as many as you want in the designated area 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 coverage map and more information about this deal in the link below:

N’EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket, JR East official site.

Unfortunately there is no one way deals available.

Yokosuka-Sobu line rapid train

This rapid train was called “Rapid Airport Narita”. This train runs on same route as Narita Express between Narita airport and Ofuna. But this train is a sort of the commute trains. You can take this train by a base fare ticket only. But you cannot reserve a seat and you may have to stand up.

If you go to Chiba, this train is your choice. But if you go to Tokyo or further stations, Narita Express is better choice.

Please see the link below to find more information about Yokosuka-Sobu line rapid train:

There is no deals available which cover only Yokosuka-Sobu line rapid train. If you use JR pass or other JR deals, of course you can take this train by these passes.

Keisei Railway

Keisei Railway is one of the major private railways in Kanto region. It connects Narita airport and Ueno, Nippori. And also some trains go through Tokyo Toei subway and Keikyu Railway. You can get Oshiage (Tokyo Skytree), Asakusa, Shimbashi, Haneda airport directly.

Keisei Railway is not covered by any JR deals, such as JR Pass, Tokyo Wide Pass. But there are some deals available to take Keisei Railway limited express “Skyliner”.


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

Skyliner is the fastest train of Keisei Railway. And this train actually is the fastest train in all Japan trains except the Shinkansen.

This express train is the fastest way to get downtown Tokyo. It takes only 36 minutes to Nippori and 41 minutes to Ueno. Especially if you go to Ueno or other stations on north part of Yamanote line, this train is the best way.

JR’s Narita Express connects Narita airport and Ikebukuro directly. But if you take Skyliner to Nippori and change to Yamanote line ther to Ikebukuro, it is faster than Narita Express.

You may find much more information about Skyliner in Keisei Railway official site:

Keisei Skyliner official site – Skyliner

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

By the way, if you want to change the trains between Skyliner and Yamanote line, Nippori is better transfer station than Ueno. Keisei Railway and JR stations have the platforms side by side. You have to exit and enter stations but these are same location. If you change the trains at Ueno, you have to walk a bit. Nippori is much more recommended than Ueno.

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.

Recommended deal – Skyliner discount ticket and subway combo ticket

There are a few deals which covers Skyliner.

The basic one is Skyliner discount ticket:

Skyliner discount ticket, Keisei railway official site

One way special discount fare is 2,200 yen. This is higher than half amount of N’ex Tokyo Round Trip 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 deal is very flexible.

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

Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket, Keisei railway official site

The subway lines cover most part of downtown Tokyo. You can get most of places by subway. So Tokyo Subway Ticket is very convenient. The following link shows you how to use Tokyo Subway Ticket:

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. Keisei Railway line is connected with Tokyo Toei Subway Asakusa line at Oshiage. Many Keisei Railway trains go through subway line. You can get Asakusa, Nihombashi, Higashi-Ginza without changing the trains. Toei Subway Asakusa line is also connected with Keikyu Railway at Sengakuji. Some Access Express go through Keikyu Railway line as well and get Haneda airport via Shinagawa.

This is a sort of commute train. It does not offer the luxury interior. However any express surcharges are not required. You can take this train by a base fare ticket only.

There is no deals available to take this train but the base fare is quite reasonable. The fare is around 1,300 yen from Narita airport to these areas. Please find the link below:

Keisei Railway official site – Access Express fares from major station

This train connects Narita and Nippori, Ueno too. If you want to save your travel cost, you may choose this train instead of Skyliner.

Airport Limousine bus / Limousine and Metro deal

Narita airport limousine
Narita Airport Limousine Bus departs from just outside of the terminal building.

Airport limousine is most convenient option if you stay in the major high-end hotel in Tokyo. You can get the hotel door directly from Narita Airport. And also the bus depart/arrive in Terminal 3 too. There is no train stations at Terminal 3.

Limousine bus stop signage
Limousine bus stop signage

The fare to most places in downtown Tokyo is 3,100 yen. It is expensive choice. But there are lots of deals available to cut your cost.

Recommended deals – Limousine and Tokyo Subway Ticket, Return Voucher and combo deals

There are many deals available.

The first one is “Multi voucher” and “Return voucher”. These are two round trips and round trip discount ticket. If you look for the deal which covers only Limousine bus, this deal is recommended.

The second one is Limousine and Subway pass. This is same type of the deal as Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket which I explained above in this post.

I picked only two deals here but you can find all deals in the official site :

Airport Limousine official site – Discounted Ticket

Low Cost Bus TYO-NRT

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

The bus connects Narita airport and Tokyo station at only 1,000 yen. This is most affordable way to get downtown Tokyo.

This bus service is operated by a few bus companies. But it doesn’t matter to take any company’s bus. All you have to do is purchasing a ticket in the terminal building and get of the bus.

I used this bus from Narita airport terminal 2 to Tokyo station. Please find my review in the movie below. You may find where and how to purchase a ticket, the interior of the bus, facility and scenery on the way to Tokyo from the bus:

Please find the fare and the timetable in the official site below:

TYO-NRT official site

Check it on the short movie

I picked top five ways to get Tokyo from Narita on the movie below. Please check it up.

There are many ways and many deals from/to Narita airport. I hope that you have found the best one for your trip and it will save your cost.


  1. Emillia says:

    Hi Takeshi.

    Is it advisable to purchase the Keiser skyliner(round trip) and metro pass package(72hrs) or more advisable to get the Access Narita bus and pasmo card?
    It’s our 1st trip to Japan and we will be staying near Shibuya station. We intend to visit Disneyland on our 4th day there.
    Thank you for you time.


    • Hi Emilia,

      Keisei + subway pass is okay. But if you buy Limousine bus + subway, you can get Shibuya directly by Limousine bus. The price is 600 yen higher than Keisei Skyliner + subway pass. The choice is yours.


      Takeshi /

  2. Sherif Arafa says:

    Hey ..
    I will arrive at narita airport on 8th february at 1:00 pm .. I want the cheapest and fastest way to go to toyama ..

  3. Cooper says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    again asking you I’m going travel to osaka- kyoto from tokyo, but my question is…

    1. if i want to go to mount fuji maybe spent a night in there, should i go before to osaka-kyoto or after ?
    2. and is there a shinkansen train between tokyo-mount fuji-kyoto-osaka…. so i can choose which way is better ….

    Thank you


  4. Wendy says:

    Aloha Takeshi,

    We are coming to Japan in December. My daughter is doing a study abroad in Tokyo and we are coming to visit and then all return home.
    We will spend one night in Tokyo and I have learned from you that we can take the Skyline to Nippori then the Yamanote line to Hamamatsucho – we are staying at MyStays Premier Hamamatsucho. Thank you for all your help!

    We will meet up with my daughter then travel to Hiroshima. My question is that since we are tourist (staying only 1 week), but my daughter has a student visa, how do I travel from Tokyo (station) to Hiroshima station by Shinkansen? I think we want to use the Nozomi? But I don’t know how to make our travel plans with my daughter (japanese VISA).

    After, we will travel to Osaka (Swissotel Nankai) to stay while we plan 1 day visits to Kyoto (to visit Inari Fushimi, Kiyomizudera and Byodo-In) and Nara (Todaiji, Nara Park and Kasuga Grand Shrine). In Osaka we want to go to Osaka Sumiyoshi-taisha and Shintenno ji. Can we still use our Suica card and my daughter’s Pasmo card to travel around this area?

    Lastly would you have any suggestions to get from Osaka to Kansai Airport? I am so confused that I gave up looking for buses or trains to Kansai. Sorry!

    Thank you very much for any help you can give me! It is so hard for me to plan for my daughter with a Japanese Visa .

  5. Michael Cooper says:

    Hi Takeshi, me and my friend going to travel Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka city, i wonder can you help me give suggestion which train and station from beginning which is our arival 08:50 on Haneda airport mid December 2016 headed to our stay near Tokyo Station.
    Our question is …
    1. From airport haneda to tokyo station …>to which train ?
    2.Which prefer if we go to osaka first or kyoto ?, but we will go back to tokyo again … because our flight home in haneda also.
    3. and from to tokyo to kyoto/osaka using shinkansen from tokyo station ? am i right? the cost?
    4. during our time in tokyo we would like to go Mt Fuji can you tell which train and direction etc



  6. Melanie says:

    Hi Takeshi

    Thank you for writing a detailed explanation on the types of railway system in Japan. I am planning an 8 days trip to Tokyo with my husband and my 4-year old son. We will be staying at Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. Can you please advise on which train system/types of ticket should I purchase (see following questions below) :
    – We will be arriving at Narita Airport at 3:40pm. Which train system should we take to our hotel? I checked on google map there is a fair distance to walk from Shinjuku train station to out hotel since we have a 4-year old travelling with us.
    – During our stay in Tokyo we would be travelling to Disneyland, Glibli Museum, Ueno Zoo and probably other towns like Asakusa, Harajuku and similar places around Tokyo. What would be the best train pass to get? Note: I don’t think we will be hopping on and off the train many times to all these places in a day. The most is going to our destination and returning back to our hotel within a day.
    – To make life easier, I think Suica or Passmo card would be the easiest for us as we don’t have to worry if we bought the wrong pass that does not cover the areas we want to go. However you mentioned, we would not be getting the best deals if we were to use the Suica card. What do you think?

    Thanks in advance for all your tips! They’re definitely helpful!

    • Hi Melanie,

      You can take Narita Express to Shinjuku and take a taxi to get your hotel to avoid walking. You may use NEX Tokyo Round trip ticket for round trip by Narita Express.

      Suica is the best way for your stay. Subway pass or other unlimited ride pass does not suit your plan because you don’t hop on and off the trains. Suica covers all trains and it’s the easiest way to go around.


      Takeshi /

      • Melanie says:

        Thank you for your suggestions Takeshi.
        Much appreciated.
        How do I estimate how much of credit I should put in the Suica card for transportation – just in case I put too little or too much in. Do they calculate per stop or otherwise differently?


        • Hi Melanie,

          I think you can start 3000 yen at the first. You can put more fund at the vending machine in any JR stations. Minimum is 1000 yen and you can increase by 1000 yen.

          Fare is raised by the distance. So when you tap when you enter and tap when you exit the station, the fare is calculated and deducted from Suica automatically. You can find the balance in the card at the vending machine if you want.


          Takeshi /

        • Melanie says:

          Thanks Takeshi!

  7. PM says:

    You helped me plan our trip to Osaka last year – so grateful for that!
    This year, my family and I are going to Tokyo (5 days) + Kawaguchiko (2D1N in late Nov. Hope you could advise me on the following :
    1) Our flight arrives at Narita at 5:30 pm. We will be staying at Shinjuku. I plan to take the Nex (to avoid traffic jam) so that we will not arrive too late at our hotel. From online articles, I’m a bit confused whether the Nex goes to Shinjuku (with a stop at Tokyo station) or goes to Shinjuku with a change of trains at Tokyo? By all accounts, it appears Tokyo Station is huge and confusing?!

    2) We check out from Tokyo hotel on our second-last day. I plan to take bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko. On the following day, we go to airport from Kawaguchiko, for our flight home which departs at 9:40pm.
    Is there any direct bus from Kawaguchiko to Narita (I see last year there was – yes?) or do we have to take train from Kawaguchiko to Shinjuku and take the Nex from Shinjuku to Narita? Even if there is a direct bus, will the journey be longer than if we were to take train via Shinjuku? As we will only have such a short time at Kawaguchiko, we would prefer the mode of transport which allows us to have slightly more time there (meaning, depart later from Kawaguchiko). Aim to arrive at Narita by 6:40pm (3 hours before departure).

    Will be really grateful for your advice!


    • Hi PM,

      Welcome back!
      I’m glad that you will go to Japan again. 🙂

      1) You can get Shinjuku by Narita Express directly. Please see the link below:

      Most of Narita Express have two destinations, Ofuna and Shinjuku/Ikebukuro. Technically two trains are coupled and run between Narita and Tokyo. At Tokyo station, these two trains are uncoupled. One goes to Ofuna and another goes to Shinjuku/Ikebukuro. All seat are reserved in Narita Express. When you purchase a ticket for Narita Express to Shinjuku, you will be assigned the seat in the train to Shinjuku. So just stay in the train at Tokyo and it takes you to Shinjuku directly.

      2) Direct bus runs between Narita and Kaawguchiko. But there are only two round trips. The following link is in Japanese but I put it just in case.

      If you use this pass and arrive by 6:40pm, you have to leave 11:52 and arrive Narita at 15:50 to 16:00. I think it’s too early. If you don’t like it, you can take a bus to Shinjuku and take Narita Express again.


      Takeshi /

      • PM Lee says:

        Dear Takeshi,

        Thank you very much for your reply. I have the following additional questions – hope you can help :

        1) I have just read your latest posting :

        So it looks like there is a Nex train from Kawaguchi to Narita on 3rd Dec, departing 14:18 and arriving 17:57?? That sounds just right for us!
        1) Do we need to pre-book tickets for that?
        2) Would you know the fare?
        3) If we take this train, then we cannot use Nex return tickets – yes? Whereas if we take the bus back to Shinjuku and fromShinjuku take Nex, then we can buy return ticket for Nex, right?

        I have now booked Sun Members Hotel in Shinjuku. Our flight arrives at Narita Terminal 2 at 5:30pm. From the link you provided in your reply (above) to me, I expect the earliest train we can catch would be Nex#46 (18:48pm), otherwise Nex#50 (19:50pm). We will arrive at Shinjuku Station at 20:16pm or 21:19pm. After that, we still need to find (walk) our way to Sun Members Hotel.
        I read that the Airport Limousine bus stops in front of Washington Shinjuku Hotel, which is very near Sun Members Hotel. I am considering taking the Limousine bus instead – we might arrive later, but at least less walking in the night to look for our hotel.
        What do you think?

        Lastly, although I have read your posting on the various Tokyo subway tickets available, I am still unsure if Suica/Pasmo card or Tokyo 1-day subway pass is more suitable for us. Our tentative itinerary is :
        Tues 29 Nov – Sightseeing in Tokyo
        Wed 30 Nov – Disneyland
        Thurs 1 Dec – Sightseeing in Tokyo
        Fri 2 Dec – Bus to Kawaguchiko.

        Our top priority when sightseeing in Tokyo is to visit the various Fall Foliage places (Gingko Avenue at Showa Kinen Park, Tokyo Korakuen Garden, Shinjuku Gyoen). Would the Suica/Pasmo be more suitable for us then? For Disneyland on the 2nd day, we buy a separate ticket to Maihama – yes?

        Thanks once again for your kind assistance!!


        • Hi PM,

          If you take Narita Express from Kawaguchiko to Narita airport, the fare is around 7000 yen (base fare and seat fee). You have to book the seat in advance when you are in Tokyo. You can book it at Shinjuku station or can book it even when you arrive in Natita.

          Limousine is easier in my opinion. Shinjuku station is quite large terminal station. You may be overwhelmed even to find the right exit to your hotel.

          I think subway pass is better choice fro Tokyo but it’s hard to say which one is better, subway pass or Suica/Pasmo. You have to find how many trips you will make a day if you really want to know which one is cheaper. Roughly, if you make 5 or more trips by subway, subway pass is cheaper.

          Single ticket is your choice for trip to Disney.


          Takeshi /

          • PM Lee says:

            Hi Takeshi,

            Just trying to do some costing here:
            (We arrive 5:30pm. Assuming we take 1 hour or more to clear Customs & Immigration, it will be near 7pm then)

            Option 1: Limousine bus from Narita to Shinjuku Washington (arr almost 10pm): 3,200¥ per person

            Highway bus fr Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko : 1,750¥ pp
            Nex from Kawaguchiko to Narita : 7,000¥pp
            (Depart Kawaguchiko at 2:18pm, arrive Narita T2 at 5:57pm)
            Total cost : 11,950¥ pp

            Option 2: Nex to Shinjuku JR (arrive say 9:19pm ) 4,000¥ pp ( return ticket)
            Taxi to Sun Members Hotel (say 1,500¥ per taxi / 3 pax = 500¥ pp)
            Bus to & from Shinjuku & Kawaguchiko 1,750x 2 = 3,500¥ pp
            Nex from Shinjuku to Narita (return ticket already paid)
            Total : 8,000¥ pp.
            (Depart Kawaguchiko by bus at 3:10pm are Shinjuku 4:55pm; then Nex #47 at 5:39pm arr Narita 7:01pm).

            Option 3 : Nex (1-way) to Shinjuku 3,000¥ pp
            Taxi fr Shinjuku Station to Sun Members Hotel 500¥ pp
            Bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko 1,750¥ pp
            Nex from Kawaguchiko to Narita 7,000¥ pp
            Total : 12,250¥ pp.

            Have I got the costings right?

            Due to the lower cost plus slightly later departure from Kawaguchiko, I’m leaning towards Option 2. But still need to be aware of the pros and cons.
            Is there anything I should be aware of, if we choose Option 2? Eg:
            1) Is transfer time of 40mins or so at Shinjuku Station (from Highway bus terminal to Nex platform) a comfortable time, bearing in mind we will be pulling a big bag each?

            2) Taking taxi from Shinjuku JR to our hotel at 9:30-10pm – any possible difficulty there?

            Will really appreciate your advice. Thank you so much once again!


            • Hi PM,

              You calculated the total fares.

              1. 40 minutes is enough to change train and bus. You will have round trip NEX ticket. So you don’t need to purchase a ticket before on board. 40 minutes is okay just changing train and bus.

              2. You can catch a taxi at Shinjuku easily.


              Takeshi /

  8. Jason says:

    Hi Takeshi,
    Could you please help advise me the best option from Narita Terminal2 to Hotel MyStays Hamamatsucho? At first I was planning to take the NEX to Tokyo Station and change to Yamanote line to Hamamatsucho Station. But I just found out that Skyliner round trip + metro deal is cheaper. So I was wondering if I could get off the Skyliner at Nippori and change to Yamanote line? Is it as convenient as NEX at Tokyo station? Which transfer would you recommend?
    Also, do you happen to know the validity of the Skyliner & metro deal? For example, if i buy the round trip + 2day metro deal, is it only valid for 48 hrs, or can we activate the metro card later on in the trip? I am going to Japan for 10 days and will be going to Kyoto the 2nd day, so i would like to use the metro card on the 4-5 day when I will be in Tokyo.
    Thank you in advance for your help!!

    • Hi Jason,

      Nippori is the easiest place to change the trains. You may use subway pass later in your trip. So use Skyline to Nippori and use single fare to Hamamatsucho to take JR Yamanote line. This is the best and the easiest option.


      Takeshi /

  9. Jean Ji says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    How to access Minato from NRT?


  10. Pamela says:

    Hi! Is there an available ticket that can be used for unlimited number of times for 5 consecutive days?

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