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From Narita Airport To The City

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Buying a train ticket and finding your train

Where is Narita Airport?

Narita Airport is located in Chiba prefecture and it's 60 km southeast from central Tokyo. The airport is not in an urban area.

By Train

Trains of two companies operate at Narita Airport: JR East and Keisei Electric Railway.
They run several categories of trains.
The train station is on the underground floor next to the airport building. The gates and ticket counters of two train operators are found next to each other.
You can buy a Shinkansen bullet train ticket at the JR ticket counter of the airport.
If you are going to take a Shinkansen bullet train on the day you arrive at the airport, you may want to activate your Japan Rail Pass at the JR ticket counter of Narita Airport train station.

Trains from Narita to Central Tokyo:
CompanyTrain TypeToPrice Time
Keisei Ltd. Express Ueno 1,0301:20
Keisei Access Express Ueno 1,2401:10
Keisei Skyliner Ueno 2,4701:45
JR East Airport Narita (Sobu-Yokosuka Line)Tokyo 1,3201:30
JR East Narita Express Tokyo 1,3201:30
JR East Airport Narita (Sobu-Yokosuka Line)Yokohama1,9402:00
JR East Narita Express Yokohama4,4901:30

Major Destinations of Trains

Train stations in central Tokyo are mostly crowded especially during rush hours, so avoid unnecessary transfers in central Tokyo, and choose your train based on your destination station. The following is a list of direct trains to major destinations:

Train TypeDestinations
Keisei SkylinerAoto, Nippori, Ueno
Keisei Limited ExpressAoto, Nippori, Ueno, Asakusa, Asakusabashi, Higashi-Ginza, Shimbashi, Shinagawa, Kamata, Haneda-Airport, Yokohama, Yokosuka
JR Narita ExpressTokyo, Shinagawa, Yokohama, Ofuna, (a few trains to Shinjuku)
JR Airport Narita* (Sobu-Yokosuka Line)Tokyo, Shimbashi, Shinagawa, Kawasaki, Yokohama, Kamakura, Yokosuka
* JR Airport Narita (Sobu-Yokosuka Line) is a type of local train with fewer stops, running almost every hour. The ticket machie of JR at Narita airport terminals doesn't seem to sell the ticket for this type of train. No worries, just buy a PASMO IC card from the Keisei Line's ticket machine. PASMO works exactly like JR's SUICA IC card.

The following article has a step-by-step guide on how to buy a PASMO IC card at Narita airport.
Keisei 'Limited Express' Howto
For further details on PASMO, see:
How to buy & use SUICA/PASMO

Some Major Destinations with Transfer

Once you get to a Yamanote line station such as Ueno, Tokyo, Shimbashi or Shinagawa, it's easy to get anywhere by Yamanote Line. Chuo Line 'rapid' train also quickly connects Shinjuku station with Kanda and Tokyo stations.

Shinjuku

Go from Narita Airport to Tokyo by JR Airport Narita (Sobu-Yokosuka Line) or JR Narita Express, and then transfer to Chuo Line 'Rapid' type train (symbol color = Orange). Some Narita Express operates directly to Shinjuku station, but not very often.

Shibuya

Go from Narita Airport to Shinagawa by JR Airport Narita (Sobu-Yokosuka Line) or JR Narita Express, and then transfer to Yamanote Line in clockwise direction (Sotomawari [外回り]). (Yamanote Line's symbol color = Green).

Ikebukuro

Go from Narita Airport to Nippori by Keisei Limited Express or Skyliner, and then transfer to Yamanote Line in counter-clockwise direction (Uchimawari [内回り]). (Yamanote Line's symbol color = Green).

Timetable

For timetables, try timetable search on Narita Airport official page (in English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese)

About Prepaid IC cards

You can use a prepaid IC card (SUICA or PASMO) for riding trains (except for Shinkansen) and city buses, and for shopping at 320,000 shops in Japan. See IC Cards for details. PASMO is refundable. SUICA is refundable, for a fee in some cases.

By Bus

Keisei Bus connects Narita Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3 and central Tokyo. The fare is 1,000 yen, or 2,000 yen before 5:00. Check their website for timetables as well.

By Taxi

Taxi fares from Narita Airport is 14,000 - 28,000 yen, depending on time and destination.
Due to reconstruction of facilities, other means of public transport are recommended until July 2018.

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