From to the Airport, Tokyo
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.
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).
The local train on the Keisei line is the cheapest way into Tokyo, costing 1000 yen. It goes from Ueno all the way out to both terminals of Narita airport.
If you don't have a JR pass, and time is not an issue, it may well be worth getting.
There are several public transfer plan from Narita International Airport to mid town Tokyo.
I recommend to use JR Airport liner. cost around JPY 1600 and to reach the Tokyo central station.
On the other hand, the airport limousine bus cost JPY 3000, NRT Express costs 3,000+, Keisei ky liner cost JPY 2000. Keisei line Express train cost JPY 1,000 though, the train just go Ueno station or Nippori station and not convenient to chnage the train.
Easiest way getting to Downtown Tokyo is via Narita Express.
1. After a long journey hours of flight, (not sure you want to take a longer route by bus or taxi) as Tokyo is also famous for traffic jam.
2. Save Time
Just head to Narita Express counter and get a ticket and dont forget if you as a traveller purchase Japan Rail Pass in advance you may exchange it with the counter as well to start validate your Travel Pass. Save money and less hassle.
We took the Narita Express (free with our JR passes). The train was fast and convenient and lets you out at the airport. The exit goes right into the airport (so make sure to have your tickets and passports in an easy to find area.
MAKE SURE TO MAKE A RESERVATION! Every seat is a reserved seat so you need a reservation even with your JR pass.
The airport limousine is very easy and convenient. It costs about the same but they drop you off at your hotel. All the stops are also displayed in english. They help you on and off with your luggage as well.
If you are arriving late and just want to get to your hotel, definitely take this! Its right inside the airport before leaving. Buy a ticket and they will tell you what time the bus is leaving.
3 methods can access between Narita airport and Tokyo
(1) Narita Express (most expensive, but fastest)
(2) Limousine Bus (no need to take luggages up and down in the railway station, and has many stops which near many main hotels)
(3) Keisei Skyliner (cheapest cost, around 20 min travelling time more, need to transit from Keisei Skyliner to JR line)
of course the easiest way to get to Tokyo from Narita aeroport is to jump in a taxi, but not the quickest if it's a rush hour and quite expensive, it can cost you approx.200$. Best thing is to take a bus (Aeroport Limousine Bus), it's easy to find-just outside the arrival hall and it delivers you to downtown hotels, just check what time is departure of the bus which stops near your hotel. Downtown Tokyo may be reached in 60-90min depending on the traffic.
My mistake was to pay in Moscow at travel agency 200$ for escorted transfer till my hotel. I know it sounds reduculous, but i read that much about people lost in Tokyo, everything is written in kanji..so i decided better not to take such risk, besides i had only 3 days in Tokyo and i couldnt afford to waist this precious time, was counting every minute..
The guy who met me was russian, but studying at some university in Tokyo, he knew japanese but seemed to me didnt know the city very well...and guess what? He met me and we took this bus from ALB, which i could easily do by myself and to pay 25$, not 200$..
for these 200$ i could take a taxi:) at the end i was hoping the guy at least will tell me something interesting, i was trying to ask questions to him...like how much (approx.) would i have to pay for taxi to get till Asakusa...and he said to me..please show me this location on the map..I knew about Asakusa, and he didnt:)) and all the way till the hotel i had to answer his questions about how life was going on in Russia.
Please dont make my mistake!
The cheapest way to get from Narita Airport to far side of Tokyo (e.g. Shinjuku) will cost you ¥1260. The nearest part of Tokyo from the airport costs ¥1100 (e.g. Akihabara) by this same suggested route. The passage is a little confusing at first because you have to make a transfer, between 2 railways owned by different companies. It's also good of you don't have much luggage with you as you will have to climb staircases with them. The journey takes about 1.5 hours which is on average. The faster and direct routes on fast trains/ express buses can cost twice or more of that.
There are 2 railway companies that you need to know - JR and Keisei. (and the Tokyo Metro is something else.)
The route goes:
At Narita Airport Terminals 1 / 2 - Buy a ticket to Funabashi (ON THE KEISEI line) this will cost you ¥720. Wait for the LIMITED EXPRESS trains (this one stops at lesser stations, so you will get there to Funabashi faster).
Then at Funabashi you have to EXIT the station, while keeping a lookout for the sign that shows directions to the JR station at Funabashi. Once you are out, walk to your right. Surely there will be many other Japanese making journey too to the other station. You will see the JR station across the road.
From JR Funabashi, you then buy the ticket that stops at your final destination in Tokyo. The example here illustrates Shinjuku (this is on the furthest side of Tokyo) which costs ¥540. Other places should cost lesser.
Once you are in Tokyo, the JR takes you faster around the city while the metro makes more smaller stops in between stations.
Funabashi is quite bustling so you can grab what you need here anyway.
If you are making the reverse trip from Tokyo to Narita Airport, take note!
There are 3 stations with Funabashi in it : HIGASHIFUNABASHI , FUNABASHI, and NISHIFUNABASHI. Remember that you need to alight at FUNABASHI and not the other 2.
Domestic flights take Haneda Airport. If you have a chance to make use of Haneda, 30mins travel between Haneda Airport and Hamamatsucho station in TOKYO MONORAIL would be nice. The monorail runs the height along the Tokyo coast.
You can take KEIHIN KYUKO (KEIKYU) if you prefer railways that run on/under the ground.
An easy way to get into Tokyo without having to deal with the train system is the Airport Limosine. As you leave customs, change some money and turn around to see their travel desk. The travel desk has several women who speak English and can't seem to do enough to help you get on the right bus. In my case I was going to the Royal Park hotel next to the city air transport center TCAT.
I paid my 2900 Yen and was directed to go outside to bus stop 1. I was given the time of the next bus as well. When the appointed time came, so did the bus. It was a quiet one hour ride to Tokyo
The Narita Express runs from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Station, and Shinjuku Station--and back. I most recently took it from Shinjuku Station to the airport, and it cost about 3000 yen. Tickets can be bought at JR ticket offices...though I bought mine at the travel office in the Keio Plaza Hotel!
This form of travel can be much faster than the alternative, the buses that run between the hotels and the airport. The train doesn't have to contend with rush hour! The time it takes for transit between Shinjuku and the airport is roughly an hour.
If you like to travel on the road and/or travel cheaper, take Airport Limousine.
You can choose one from a list of destinations that The Limou has depending on where your nest is.
Ask on the bus ticket counter in the arrival floor of Narita Airport for the detail.
There are two representative rail systems to travel between Narita Airport and the Tokyo mid-city. One is Narita Express (N'EX) by JAPAN RAIL and the other is Skyliner by KEISEI
N'EX takes you to the terminal stations not only in Tokyo like Ueno, Tokyo, Shinagawa and Shinjuku but also in Kanagawa and Saitama; Yokohama and Omiya.
You can reach to Ueno station directly with Keisei Skyliner.
Of cource both rails have the common local lines besides the express.