Use any of the options to transfer from Narita Airport to central Tokyo, and use the same to return.
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Option 1: Fastest
Travel time: 41 minutes
The fastest way is to take the Keisei Skyliner high-speed train from Narita Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 to Keisei-Ueno Station in Tokyo. Travel time is only 41 minutes and costs around ¥2,520 one way. For your convenience, train tickets can be purchased online.
Now, this option is great if your hotel is near Ueno Station*. If not, then this is not a great option as you’re going to deal with another train transfer.
*NOTE: Keisei-Ueno Station is separate from Ueno Station (which is a JR Station), but you can walk between them via underground or above ground paths. Don’t mistake Keisei Skyliner with the other Keisei trains such as Keisei Access Express or Keisei Rapid Limited Express. They are much slower than Keisei Skyliner.
Option 2: Cheapest
Travel time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
If your hotel accommodation is near Tokyo Station or Ginza Station, your best option (which also happens to be the cheapest) is to take the Keisei Bus Tokyo Shuttle.
A one-way bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo or Ginza Station is only ¥1,000 and takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Tickets for this bus can be purchased at the airport.
Since it’s a long ride, make sure to use the restroom before leaving. There is no toilet on the bus and there are no stops.
Option 3: Convenient (and minimal fuss)
Travel time: 1 hour and 55 minutes
Now, if your destination isn’t covered by the Keisei Bus, the Airport Limousine Bus is your next option.
The Airport Limousine Bus stops at most major areas in Tokyo including Ikebukuro, Ginza, Ebisu, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Kichijoji, Shinjuku, Roppongi and Akasaka, Shiodome.
Fare starts from ¥3,200 for adults or ¥1,600 for children. Bus tickets can be purchased inside the airport, but buying them online is discounted at 15% OFF.
It’s a bit more expensive but it’s the most convenient. And unlike the cheap Keisei Bus, the Airport Limousine is equipped with a toilet and FREE Wi-Fi. They also handle your luggage storage in the bus trunk.
The Airport Limousine bus is also the best option if you want a direct transfer to your hotel. Check if it stops directly at your hotel here.
Option 4: Narita Express (N’EX)
Travel time: Varies (i.e. 1 hour and 20 minutes to Shinjuku Station).
Have a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass)? The Narita Express (N’EX) is the train you’ll want to use. The Japan Rail Pass doesn’t cover the Keisei Skyliner or Airport Limousine Buses.
This train will take you directly to the following stations: Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Yokohama.
If you don’t have JR Pass, a one-way ticket starts from ¥3,070, but the roundtrip ticket is only ¥4,070. The roundtrip ticket, however, has a 14-day validity period.
So Narita Express works well if you’re only visiting Tokyo for 14 days or less, and both arriving and departing from Narita Airport. You can buy tickets at the airport counter or reserve your tickets online for you convenience.
Option 5: Private transfer to your hotel accommodation
Now, if you have money to blow and just need a “premium” transfer, you can always book a private shuttle service to get directly to your hotel.
The price at a little over $365 and is good for up to 9 people. This is the best option for families or groups as you can divide the cost among you.
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