Getting from Narita to downtown Tokyo

I once heard my boss describe what it's like to fly into Narita to a customer who had never been to Japan before. He said, "there's nothing there. It's in the middle of a rice field. Make sure you have a plan to get to downtown Tokyo." Even though I laughed at the time, it's very true. Many people don't realize that Narita Airport is actually not in Tokyo prefecture at all, but in Chiba, and is a good two or three hour trip away from the city (one way).

There's a few things to consider when flying into Narita.

  1. Make sure you get there early enough in the day (our recommendation is before 8:00 p.m.) so you can use public transportation to get to Tokyo (the last train is at about 11:00 p.m.).
  2. Make sure you leave enough time to get out of customs and immigration, change money, and pick up your luggage if you are planning on taking public transport (see#1).
  3. Private cars can be very expensive (usually at least $200), so keep this in mind when thinking about your travel.

Narita Express (N’EX)

60 minutes to Tokyo Station. Some trains go to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Yokohama stations. You can use your JR Pass on this one!

For more information, please visit here.

Keisei Electric Railway

36 minutes from Narita to Nippori station by Keisei Railway, and 41 minutes from Narita to Keisei-Ueno Station by Keisei Limited Express.

Keisei offers two types of discount tickets for foreign travelers that take you from Narita to downtown Tokyo.

  • The Keisei Skyliner and Metro Pass: Includes a one-way or round-trip Skyliner tickets between Narita and metropolitan Tokyo and a one- or two-day pass for Tokyo Metro lines. May be purchased in Japan.
  • Tokyo Welcome Set: It includes a one-way ticket from Narita to Ueno or Oshiage stations on Keisei Railway, and a one-day pass to explore Tokyo on Toei Subway lines and Tokyo Metro lines. May be purchased in Japan.

For more information, please visit here.

Airport Limousine

The limousine bus service departing from Narita Airport has a vast network of routes across the Tokyo metropolitan area. It links Narita Airport with the Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT), the Yokohama City Air Terminal (YCAT), Haneda Airport and most major hotels in metropolitan Tokyo. The buses operate every day and frequently. Tickets can be purchased directly from Amnet. Contact us to purchase!

Airport Limousine has three great discounts for visitors to Tokyo- check them out here.