5 ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport

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You’ve arrived at Narita Airport, and you’re eager to start exploring the many delight’s of Tokyo. But wait, how do you get to the city centre?

Narita Airport is the main international airport serving Tokyo, but it is located approximately 60 kilometres east of the city centre and it can around an hour to travel between the airport and city.

Despite its distance from Tokyo, Narita Airport is easily accessible via a variety of transportation options that will fit your needs and budget. No matter which option you decide on, plan ahead and research your transportation options before you travel.

It’s also a good idea to purchase a prepaid, rechargeable IC card, such as a JR East Suica Welcome Card (an e-money card valid for 28 days from purchase for use on JR East trains, subways and busesl). Alternatively you can get a Pasmo (a card only available to overseas travelers visiting Japan that can be used on all trains and buses in Tokyo and across the country where IC cards are used, as well as for electronic payments when shopping).

Suica cards can be purchased at designated stations and both Narita and Haneda airports, while Pasmo card at available at most private railway stations, subway stations and bus depot in Tokyo. Both can be topped up as needed.

Here are five ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.

1. Narita Express (N’EX)

The Narita Express, or N’EX for short, is a popular train service that connects Narita Airport to major stations in Tokyo, such as Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, and Shibuya Station. The train is comfortable and fast, and it’s a great option if you’re carrying heavy luggage. The journey takes around 60-90 minutes, depending on your destination.

2. Keisei Skyliner

The Keisei Skyliner is another train service that runs from Narita Airport to. The train stops at Nippori Station awhich offers easy connections onto JR lines, as well as Ueno in the heart of downtown Tokyo. The train is known for its speed and comfort, and the journey takes around 40-60 minutes, depending on your final destination.

3. Airport Limousine Bus

If you prefer a more comfortable option or want to go directly to your hotel, taking an airport limousine bus might be the best choice for you. The bus stops at major hotels and popular tourist spots in Tokyo, making it a great option if you’re not familiar with the city. The journey time varies depending on your destination, but it’s usually around 90-120 minutes.

4. Taxi

Taking a taxi from Narita Airport to Tokyo is a convenient option if you’re traveling with a group or have a lot of luggage. However it’s around a 90 minute journey and by far the most expensive option, so keep that in mind. Taxis in Japan are generally clean, safe, and reliable, but make sure to have your destination address written in Japanese to avoid communication issues.

5. Rental Car

If you’re planning to explore Tokyo and its surrounding areas at your own pace, renting a car might be a good idea. Narita Airport has several car rental companies on-site, so you can easily pick up your rental car upon arrival. However, keep in mind that driving in Tokyo can be challenging due to heavy traffic and narrow streets. Additionally, parking can be expensive in Tokyo, so factor that into your budget.

Top tip – Don’t miss exploring Narita

Around Narita Airport, there are plenty of amenities for travellers, including a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and shops. There are also a few excellent attractions nearby, such as the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, which is just a short walk from the airport. If you have some time to spare before your flight, you can explore the temple grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

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