::Briefing:: From NRT airport to Tokyo station – 41 mins journey with Skyliner (plus more alternative transportations)

It’s very convenient for taking the express train, subway or either bus to get in Tokyo center. Today, I’m here to make a combo list for you guys, to make you easier to pick which option that meet your time and budget. Following are 1. Rail access between NRT and Tokyo, 2. Transportations’ list and compares. 3. Skyliner (my experience)

1. Rail access is via the Narita Sky Access line, Keisei line and JR line.

 

2. How to travel between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station

≈FastKeisei Skyliner > JR Narita Express (NEX) > Keisei/Keikyu Narita-Haneda Limited Express > Keisei Limited ExpressJR Sobu Line (Rapid Service) > Bus, Taxi
$BudgetKeisei Limited Express ≥  Bus > Keisei/Keikyu Narita-Haneda Limited Express >JR Sobu Line (Rapid Service) > JR Narita Express (NEX) > Keisei Skyliner Taxi
♥Comfort :  Keisei Skyliner  = JR Narita Express (NEX) = Taxi > Bus Keisei/Keikyu Narita-Haneda Limited Express = Keisei Limited ExpressJR Sobu Line (Rapid Service)

JR Narita Express (NEX)

Direct, 1-2 connections per hour
About 4000 yen (round trip), 60 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 30-60 minutes

The Narita Express is a fast and comfortable airport train into central Tokyo (serving Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro Stations), the Tokyo Tama region, Yokohama, and Saitama (and Kawaguchiko on selected days). All seats are reserved. The NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket for foreign travelers provides a discount over regular tickets.

The most comfortable way of travel between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station is the JR Narita Express (NEX). The one-way journey takes roughly one hour, costs around 3000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass and some other JR passes. There are departures every 30 to 60 minutes. The NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket for 4000 yen provides foreign travelers with a discounted round trip from the airport  to Tokyo and back within a 2-week period.

From NRT airport:7:44~21:44
From Tokyo station:6:16~20:01

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex_round.html

JR Sobu Line (Rapid Service)

Direct, 1 connection per hour
About 1300 yen, 85 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 60 minutes

The Rapid Sobu Line is the inexpensive JR alternative to the Narita Express, connecting the airport with Tokyo Station and Yokohama. The Rapid Sobu Line is a normal commuter train, which stops at several stations between the airport and Tokyo and can become crowded during rush hours. Seat reservations are not possible.

The JR Sobu Line (Rapid Service) is the slower but cheaper JR alternative to the Narita Express. The one-way trip takes roughly 90 minutes and costs 1320 yen. There is about one departure per hour.

Keisei Skyliner

1 transfer, 2 connections per hour
About 2500 yen, 40 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 20-40 minutes

The Keisei Skyliner provides the fastest connection into central Tokyo, connecting the airport with Ueno Station. It is a comfortable train for travelers to and from the airport. All seats are reserved. Keisei offers discount ticket packages to arriving tourists that combine the Skyliner ride from the airport to central Tokyo with day passes for the subway lines in Tokyo. If purchased in advance, foreign tourists pay only 2200 yen for the one-way ride.

Recommend : Skyliner&Tokyo Subway Ticket

Keisei Limited Express
About 1000 yen, 75 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 20 minutes

The most inexpensive option by Keisei Railways, the Keisei Limited Express is the cheapest way to get from the airport to Tokyo. It is a normal commuter train, which stops at several stations between the airport and Tokyo and can become crowded during rush hours. Seat reservations are not possible.
Take the Keisei Skyliner from Narita Airport to Nippori Station (about 40 minutes, 2470 yen) and transfer to the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line to get to Tokyo Station (10 minutes, 160 yen). There are connections every 20-40 minutes. If purchased in advance online or via a travel agent outside of Japan, foreign tourists can ride the Skyliner for just 2200 yen.
Keisei/Keikyu Narita-Haneda Limited Express

1 transfer, 3 connections per hour
About 1200 yen, 60 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 40 minutes

Trains named “Access Express” or “Airport Kaitoku” directly connect Narita Airport to Tokyo’s other airport, Haneda Airport via the Narita Sky Access Line, Asakusa Subway Line, and Keikyu Airport Line. Along the way, they stop several times in central Tokyo, including Asakusa, Ginza, and Shinagawa. Seat reservations are not possible.

Take the Keisei Limited Express from Narita Airport to Nippori Station (about 75 minutes, 1030 yen) and transfer to the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line to get to Tokyo Station (10 minutes, 160 yen). There are connections every 20 minutes.

Bus
*There is the risk of traffic jamsAbout 900-3200 yen, 60-90 minutes to central Tokyo
Several bus companies offer connections to various places in the Tokyo area and neighboring prefectures, including direct connections to major hotels across central Tokyo. Conventional “limousine buses” cost around 3200 yen one way, but several cheaper bus services have entered the competition recently, offering one way fares of around 1000 yen.

By limousine bus
Direct, 100 minutes, 3100 yen, 3-4 connections per hour
Limousine buses to Tokyo Station depart Narita Airport every 15 to 20 minutes. The one-way journey takes about 100 minutes and costs 3100 yen. In addition, there are direct limousine bus connections to several major hotels in the Tokyo Station area. A special round trip ticket for only 4500 yen is available to foreign tourists exclusively.

Limousine Bus & Subway Pass (Narita Airport)

By Tokyo Shuttle bus
Direct, 90 minutes, 900-1000 yen, 3 connections per hour
This discount bus service operates roughly three times per hour between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station. The one-way fare is 1000 yen during the day and 2000 yen for late-night and early morning departures. If tickets are purchased in advance via the internet, the one-way fare is 900 yen. The discounted fare also applies to purchases of tickets in the direction of the airport made by phone or at a convenience store.
By The Access Narita bus
Direct, 90 minutes, 1000 yen, 2 connections per hour
This discount bus service operates roughly three per hour between Narita Airport, Tokyo Station and Ginza Station. The one-way fare is 1000 yen during the day and 2000 yen for late-night departures. Advance reservations are possible.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.

Taxi
*There is the risk of traffic jams
About 20,000 yen, 60-90 minutes to central Tokyo
Because Narita Airport is located about 60 km outside of Tokyo, a taxi ride into central Tokyo is very expensive and not recommended to common travelers.

Reference  :  http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2027.html

Also, you can pick the station that you wanna access in the link ↑

 

3. SKYLINER

time table here

*If you are going back to NRT airport, notice the time of the last train!!! NO LATER THAN 18:20!!!

Once you arrive at NRT airport, follow the signs of “Railways” and take the escalator down to the lower level. You can take a shuttle bus between terminals or follow the sign .

There are ONLY two stops in Tokyo : Nippori and Ueno

Look for the blue Keisei Line

 

Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket

Latest update : 2016/07

These are some snacks I bought at Family market and food souvenir store in NRT airport.

CASTELLA ; 文明堂東京の「カステラ」; DARS chocolate mike (winter limited); gray thunder  chocolate bar.

The gray edition of Black Thunder (chocolate bar) ブラックサンダー( Burakku Sandā)

It’s a milk tea flavor chocolate bar. Tea flavored chocolate filled with crisp chocolate cookies and it cost just about ¥38. wonderful!!! isn’t it?

The view outside the window, on my way to Tokyo city center.

Did you see the sky tree there?

There are two stops in Tokyo : Nippori and Ueno.

As me, I’m going to Akihabara, so that I jet off the train at Ueno and walk through the underground walkway till you reach the Tokyo Metro.

Counter and kiosk for JR Narita Express (NEX)

Counter for  ALL Keisei lines.

 

Hope this transportation list could help you get in Tokyo.
Have a great trip there 🙂

 

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