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Travel to/from airport via Narita Express
There are several options for traveling the frustratingly long distance between Narita Airport and central Tokyo and vice versa, although not all are practical. Taxi or limo service is an option if you're a multi-millionaire, but totally unreasonable for anyone else. Package tours may provide bus transfers, but that doesn't help you if you're free traveling. Besides, with Tokyo's notorious traffic it could take you hours to reach the city/airport by vehicle. You could take a local metro train line, but it probably makes a thousand stops before reaching your destination and is quite uncomfortable.
So, if you want a relatively affordable (the key word here being "relatively"), fast, and comfortable way into the city, the best option is the Narita Express JR Line. Trains depart from Narita and major stations in the city every hour or half hour at peak times. It takes roughly an hour to cover the distance from the airport to Tokyo station and 90 minutes to Shinjuku station. The seating is assigned when you purchase your ticket, which can be done at the airport in the arrival hall after you clear customs or from the automatic vending machines in the city stations. The standard one-way fare is 2940YEN (~$29US) to/from Tokyo station, which may sound quite expensive... that is unless you've actually spent any time in Tokyo! $$$
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Airport bus from Narita
Y3,000 or $30 one way from Narita into Tokyo. Note: a taxi from Narita is around $200 USD. Airport Limosine bus stops at major hotels and at major train stations, such as Shinjuku or Tokyo station for those catching a shinkansen. If you have alot of luggage and are coming from a long flight you may not want to deal with the Narita express train.
A fast and comfortable way to and from the airport. It takes about 1.5 hr from the airport to Shinjuku. I think Its better than taking the bus as traffic jams in Tokyo can be very serious.
I checked the train schedule and price before going and it gives me better planning of th time. And remember to buy the return tickets 1 or 2 days before your return date.
Another thing: check if you should check in at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, cuz its 2 different stations!
Budget way to and from Narita
A yen saving tip to travelers to Tokyo: For
those with more time than money, take the limited express Keisei Line from Narita Airport to Ueno (which will connect you to the Tokyo subway) for only 1,000
yen (Narita Express, Keisei Skyliner, and shuttle bus--~3,000 yen--are about double that price). It ll take about 75 minutes--less than 20 minutes later than the faster
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From Narita/Haneda airports to your Hotel
Depending on traffic, it will probably take you an hour and a half from Narita airport to a hotel in Shinjuku (business centre), a little less to Ginza and Akasaka. The first thing to avoid are taxis, they drive very slow and cost an absolute fortune. The LIMOUSINE BUS services are much cheaper and will take you directly to your hotel.
A trip from Narita airport to a hotel in Shinjuku is JPY 3000 (approx. USD 25)
Getting to Japan
Best and most comfortable way to get to Japan is by air,
Once you are in the coutry the best way to get around is by the most morden rail and train systems in the world
'THE SHINKANSEN' we in the west call it the BULLET TRAIN
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How shall I get from Narita to Tokyo?
If you're in the upper echelons of your corporation, perhaps you'll opt for a helicopter into Tokyo. And there's always the train, which is comfortable and speedy, but it simply takes you to a station, from which you must navigate via subway or taxi to your ultimate destination. A better way, at least if that destination is one of the major hotels (or is close to one), is to take the bus. Airport Limousine is relatively cheap (Y3000), and has about thirty different routes to cover various parts of the city. The only downside is that you may wait an hour for the bus going to your specific destination.
This is from the company website: Passengers departing from Narita Airport shall purchase tickets in advance at our counters located inside the terminal building. We have 2 ticket counters in Terminal 2, 5 ticket counters in Terminal 1. Bus stop, departure time and your destination are printed on your boarding ticket. Please check your boarding ticket before proceeding to the bus stop.
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Get this from the airport - it is cheap and drops off at the major hotels in central Tokyo. It is a lot easier on a first visit than trying to navigate the public transport system.
They then pick you up when you need to return to the airport (just book through your hotel concierge)
Limousine Bus Narita to Tokyo
The limousine bus to and from Narita Airport costs ¥3,000. From Narita: buy a ticket from the counter is on the ground floor, bus departs from stand nearby. From Shinjuku station Stand 23 - same again, bus ticket and departure point are adjacent. Also enquire at hotel for hotel pick-up by bus.
Taking the bus vs the train to Narita airport
If you are planning to take the Narita express to the airport and the fee is about 2900 yen, I'd suggest that you take the airport limousine bus which costs 3000 yen.
The timing is about the same but it is more convenient as the bus picks you up from your hotel and drops you off at the Airport terminal close to the check in counters. Much less walking and lugging!
If you take the Narita Express, you would need to lug your bags all the way to the train station, and from the airport, you'd need to lug your bags all the way to the check in counters which can be cumbersome, troublesome and tiring.
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Airport Limousine Bus
one of two Airport Limousine Bus Companies that ply the Tokyo Narita Route and is way cheaper than riding a taxi to tokyo (it will cost you 300,000 yen or 350 US dollars) since it only cost 3000 yen (31 US Dollars) one way to your hotel (note, it does not pass to all hotels in tokyo, just in selected hotels and bus stops near hotels so take into consideration if your hotel is on the route of these limousine buses or near train or subway stations before you pick a hotel in tokyo just for the cheap price as it may be more expensive to get a cheap hotel but no acess to nearby public transportation to the airport!)
When you arrive at Narita Airport, having gone through the Customs area, look for the Airport Limousine counters in the arrival lobby of Terminal 1 and 2. Busses from Narita Airport leave from the arrival lobby on the 1st floor. Tickets can be purchased at the counters for all destinations, except for Kichijoji Station.
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You can also go to both Haneda and Narita airports by a bus from Tokyo city centre.
The bus stops and can be booked in most hotels around the centre of the city. Another stop is at Shinjuku station.
The price for the bus to Narita is 3000 yen(about 25 euro) and they run more or less any hour.
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We landed at Narita airport at night and went to the desk to get some tickets for a bus to our hotel. We were told that the bus that goes to our hotel had stopped running already and that we'd have to wait around 45 minutes for the next bus which took us to another hotel not too far away. We bought our tickets and went to wait outside, somehow we managed to get ourselves on the right bus for our journey into the city which takes about an hour.
Eventually we were the last ones on the bus and at the end of the line. We got off to find ourselves in the dark, in the pouring rain, with no clue as to where our hotel was. Luckily the hotel we were at had a lovely man who got a taxi to take us safely to the hotel we had booked at.
The bus was a stressful way to get to the city for those who could not speak Japanese and while the taxi to our hotel was not expensive, it is not recommended to taxi from the airport because it is ridiculously expensive. You just have to get on the bus and muddle your way through (which seemed to be our approach to the city train system too!)
Making your way back to the airport however is alot easier!
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from Narita to Chuo-ku
We are trying to figure out how to get from Narita to Chuo-ku (3-17-10 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045).
Our plan so far is:
- Take a Keisei Skyliner (2000 Y) or Keisei Limited Express (1000 Y)
- Transfer at UENO station to the Hibiya Subway Line that will get us to Tsukiji station.
We are planning to purchase the PASMO card to pay for that ride as well as to pay for the subway during next few days.
We did not get a PASMO, we paid for each individual trip.
On the way from NArita we used Keisei Limited Express (1000 Y), transferred at UENO station to the Hibiya Subway Line that got us to Tsukiji station.
On the way to Narita however, since we had 3 large bags, 2 carry-on bags and MY /\ HAT, we decided to take a taxi to Tokyo station and hop on Narita Express ($30 or 35 per person). It was faster, and more comfortable than Keisei.
The Monorail to Haneda
There are plenty of buses going from various parts of the city to Haneda, but I like to avoid the inevitable traffic jams and use the monorail from Hamamatsu-cho station. It's 470 yen to either of the two terminals, and Hamamatsu-cho is easily accessible.
Hamamatsu-cho can be reached on either the Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku lines, or the Oedo or Asakusa subway lines (Daimon station).
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