How to get from Narita Airport (NRT) to Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan’s capital and a fascinating mix of contrasts - between highly technological and traditional, ceremonious and informal. The vibrant metropolis is a highly visited city, known for its incredible cuisine, enthralling architecture, ancient traditions and creative mindsets.
So after landing at Narita International Airport (NRT) and you wish to make your way to Tokyo city centre, you have 3 travel options. You can either take a taxi, a bus or the train. Taking a Tokyo airport taxi or private transfer is a convenient way to get downtown, as they offer 24/7 door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle. Your second option is to take one of the two airport bus services; the Limousine bus, or the new TYO-NRT bus. Finally, you can take the generic airport train or one of the express trains to the city centre.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €160|| 70min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €46|| 80min|| 05:55–23:25|
| TYO-NRT || €20|| 65min|| 24/7|
| Train || €19.40|| 90min|| 05:00–23:00|
| Express Train || €40|| 41min|| 19:30–22:30|
How to get from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo by taxi
Taking a Tokyo airport taxi is the most convenient transfer option as they offer door-to-door services straight from Narita International Airport (NRT) to your Tokyo hotel, taking around 1 hour 10 minutes, in normal traffic conditions.
Taxi fare from Narita airport to Tokyo
Taxis from Narita Airport (NRT) to Tokyo do not offer flat-rate fees, instead, they charge using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. A trip from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo costs around €160 (¥20,000), however, a few elements can further affect the price such as the night fare (22:00 - 05:00), where the price is increased by 20%, traffic conditions, and your final destination in Tokyo.
Taking a Narita airport taxi is a great way to get to your Tokyo hotel with no hassle nor fuss, as arriving in a new city after a long flight can be daunting.
Fixed fare taxis are available at Narita airport, however, you will need to queue up and book your ticket in one of the taxi transport hubs in order to secure your price. Prices range from €130 (¥16,000) to €211 (¥26,000) depending on your final destination.
Night-time taxi fares increase by 20%.
Be sure to check that your taxi driver has reset their taximeter before you begin your journey to Tokyo.
Not all drivers at Narita airport speak English, so it may help to write down your address or have it on your GPS.
How to get from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo by bus
The Limousine bus runs between Narita International Airport (NRT) and Tokyo city centre every 20 minutes and takes 1 hour 20 minutes to reach Tokyo Station.
How much is a bus ticket from Narita airport to Tokyo city centre?
A one-way from Narita International Airport (NRT) to Tokyo Station on the Limousine bus costs €23 (¥2,800).
You can buy your tickets online in advance or at the Travel Agency counter at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2's arrival halls.
1 H 20 Min.
There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the bus.
The Limousine bus runs from 06:55 to 20:40.
Where do I get it from?
The Limousine bus can be found at Terminal 1, 2 and 3 at Narita Airport (NRT). The bus stop is located outside of the Central Exit C at Terminal 1, at South Exit 3 at Terminal 2 and between stops 2 and 3 at Terminal 3.
The Limousine bus leaves frequently from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo, so there should never be a long wait for your bus. Nevertheless, once you reach Tokyo Station, you will need to switch to a different form of transportation to reach your hotel in the city centre.
If you book your bus tickets in advance, be sure to bring your passport as proof of identity when you switch your e-ticket to a paper ticket at the counter.
The Limousine airport bus provides fast WiFi, simply ask the driver for the password.
There's baggage storage available below the bus if you're carrying heavy or large luggage items.
How to get from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo with the TYO-NRT bus
TYO-NRT is a 24/7 quick and cost-savvy transportation option from Narita airport to Tokyo city centre. The bus runs from Narita airport to Tokyo Station, taking 1 hour 5 minutes, with easy access to the JR Lines or to Ginza Station, where you can reach the subway.
How much is a ticket on the TYO-NRT bus?
A one-way ticket from Narita airport to Tokyo costs €10 (¥1,300), on the TYO-NRT bus and €5 for children. Moreover, for the Late Night/Early Morning Route (23:00 - 04:59) a one-way ticket costs €20.00 (¥2,600). You can purchase tickets directly at the bus stop by cash or IC card for the after-hour service.
1 H 05 Min.
There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the TYO-NRT bus.
The TYO-NRT bus is available 24/7.
Where do I get it from?
The TYO-NRT bus can be found at bus stop 31 at Terminal 1, at bus stops 2 and 19 at Terminal 2 or at stand number 2 at Terminal 3.
The TYO-NRT runs every 20 minutes and is available 24/7, it is also the fastest bus available at Narita International Airport (NRT), making it a fairly quick transfer option. Furthermore, you won't need to queue up for a ticket, you can simply grab your luggage and walk straight to the bus.
The Narita airport's TYO-NRT bus ticket sales counter opens from 09:00 to 22:00.
There are a fixed number of seats, so please buy tickets for a specific bus at the ticket counter in each of Narita’s terminals.
You will need to be at the disembarkation point at least 5 minutes before departure, and you will need to show your bus ticket to the attendant.
How to get from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo by train
Taking the public train from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo is one of the more complicated transfer options. The Keisei Main Line train takes 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Yamanote Station, and from there you will need to switch to a JR train to get closer to your Tokyo hotel.
How much is a train ticket from Narita airport to Tokyo?
A one-way Keisei Main Line train ticket costs €9.70 (¥1,190) from Narita International Airport (NRT) to downtown Tokyo. You can purchase your ticket from the airport's automatic machines or at Terminal 2's information desk on the lower floor.
1 H 30 Min.
There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the airport train.
The Keisei Main Line train runs from 05:00 to 23:00.
Where do I get it from?
The Narita airport train station can be found below Terminal 2. If you land in Terminal 1 or 3, you can easily access Terminal 2 by foot or on the free airport shuttle bus. When in Terminal 2, follow the "Train" signs located at the baggage claim area". From there, you will need to take the escalator to the lower floor. Here you will find the Keisei Main Line train at platforms 2 and 3.
Taking the Keisei Main Line is one of the slowest and most inconvenient transfer options from Narita International Airport (NRT) to downtown Tokyo. Furthermore, there is no storage space for your luggage. Despite this, the train leaves NRT airport frequently and is a very cheap option for those travelling on a budget.
If you plan on using public transportation during your stay in Tokyo, it is recommended to purchase a Suica or Pasmo card which can be topped up and offers price reductions for every journey.
You can collect your tickets at the Keisei Information centre to avoid queuing up at the airport's arrival halls.
This is a public train, so keep an eye on your luggage at all times.
The Keisei Main Line train stops at Yamanote station where you can easily switch to other JR lines.
How to get from Narita airport to downtown Tokyo by Express train
One of the quickest and most comfortable transfer options from Narita airport are the Express trains. Both the Skyliner and the Narita Express (N'EX) take just 53 minutes to reach Tokyo city centre. The Narita Express (N'EX) leaves every 30 minutes, whereas the Skyliner leaves the airport every 20 minutes. Both Express trains provide Wifi, comfortable, reclining seats, charging ports and large tables for your comfort. However, the Skyliner train has a little advantage as it's the second-fastest train in Japan and gets you to Tokyo in just 41 minutes.
How much is a ticket on one of the Express trains?
A one-way ticket on the Narita Express (N'EX) costs €25 (¥3,020) from Narita airport to Tokyo Station. Moreover, a one-way ticket on the Skyliner Express train costs €20 (¥2,470). Both train Express train tickets can be bought online in advance, however, they will then have to be swapped to paper tickets at the airport, or you can simply purchase your ticket after you land at Narita airport, at Terminal 2's Information Desk.
€20 - €25
41 - 53 Min.
There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the Express Train.
The Narita Express (N’EX) is available from 07:44 to 21:44 and the Skyliner train runs from 07:30 to 22:30 pm.
Where do I get it from?
Both Express trains are located on the lower floor at Terminal 2. Simply pass through baggage claim and follow the "Train" signs. You then go to the lower level, past the information desk. The Skyliner leaves from platforms 4 and 5 and the Narita Express (N'EX) leaves from platform 1.
Not only are the Express trains very comfortable and accommodating, but they are also the quickest way to reach downtown Tokyo from Narita airport. Though, once you reach Tokyo Station, you will need to switch to another form of transportation to get to your hotel.
Whether you want to sit back relax, and enjoy the view or work on your laptop while travelling, the Express trains have all the modern appliances and home comforts you need for your journey to Tokyo’s centre.
You need to swap your e-ticket to a paper ticket in order to board the train.
Both the Narita Express and Skyliner trains have cameras placed on the luggage storage racks, so you can be assured that your belongings are safe.
The Skyliner train reaches a maximum velocity of 160 km/h.