From to the Airport, Tokyo
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!
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.
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.
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.
From Narita airport to the centre of Tokyo there are two main trains: the limited express and the sky line.ùThe limited express is the cheaper and slower one it does a lot of stops so it gives you the chance to meet local life as soon as you enter the country.ùLimited express price is 1000 yen, about 8 euros and you can get the tickets just before the entrance of the station.
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.
It costs a small fortune to take a cab to Tokyo from Narita. Yes, don't be too surprised if you fork out an amount that costs more than your air ticket! The cheaper alternative would be the express train or bus. Just approach this counter upon reaching Narita and decide your mode of transport.
The limousine bus is great if you have lots of luggage. The train, on the other hand is lots faster and cheaper. The average cost to getting to town is about US$30.
To reach our hotel in Asakusa from Narita Airport we took the Kasei Line
We had already been supplied with preloaded Manaca cards, and with directions on the route to take. We followed the orange signs to platform 3 where we had about a 20 minute wait for the next through train to Asakusa. It arrived bang on time!
The journey took about 55 minutes. The first part was through an agricultural landscape (mainly paddy fields) before we entered the Tokyo suburbs. We had views of the Skytree on the left at one point.
At Asakusa we decided that rather than make the 10 minute walk (with suitcases) to the hotel, we would change to the orange Ginza line and travel one stop to Tarawamachi station which was quite a bit nearer - although the extra stairs involved in the change of train may have been no less tiring than the walk as it turned out. But we got there without problems and found the train to have been an efficient way to reach our hotel, given its location.
Next tip: Using the subway
When we left Tokyo to fly home we had spent our final night in Shinjuku, so to return to Narita Airport we travelled not on the subway but using the so-called Friendly Airport Limousine service. I say "so-called" not because it isn't friendly but because it isn't really a limousine but merely a bus. However it is a good and useful service nevertheless - and probably far far cheaper than any limousine would be!
We pre-booked the bus we wanted a couple of days beforehand. It's always best to do this to be sure of a seat, although as it happened when we arrived at the stop early we were able to get on the bus before the one we'd booked. We travelled from Shinjuku Station, but there are other pick-up points. The buses run very frequently throughout the day and the journey is advertised as taking 90 minutes although we did it in about 75 (and that was in the morning rush hour period). You are dropped off right in front of the main entrance to the departures so it couldn't be more convenient. And the fare is reasonable at 3,000¥.
And as a bonus, you get some great views of Tokyo on the first part of the journey as the route follows an elevated stretch of road that loops around some of the high rise business districts. Have your camera at the ready!
This is my final tip on Tokyo; please click here to return to my intro page if you would like to leave me a comment.
If you are on a limited budget and Narita Express is too expensive. Keisei Limited Express saves your day. The journey between Narita Airport and Ueno station takes about 75 minutes and costs 1000 JPY. There is also a fast Skyliner service which cuts 19 minutes from journey and adds 920 JPY additional cost which doesn't make any sense in my opinion. As we didn't want to pay 3000 JPY per person to reach Narita Airport by Narita Express, we travelled to Ueno station by metro and took Keisei Limited Express. The journey was comfortable, but crowded. If you get on the train after Ueno, you may need to travel standing.
If you think of your options to get into Tokyo as rather similar to buying Japansese electrical products like DVD players then you will get the idea that they will all do the same job reliably - you just pay more for nicer design and added extas.
The JR Narita expess is the top-notch 'Sony' product - sleek, expensive (3000yen) and quick (60 mins)
Their other airport service is slower (the Panasonic model) by about 20 minutes and 700 yen cheaper. I would only use a JR service if you have already bought a JR pass which can be validated at the airport.
The Showy alternative is the 'Skytrain' (JVC model) that runs on the Keisei line. Similar speed at the JR Narita express but comes in at 2000 Yen.
For those who don't want to waste their money just to save a few minutes the Keisei line also has local trains (Sanyo perhaps ?) that are basically just metro trains, rather than inter-city type ones (90 minutes +). These come in at around 1000 yen
Don't even think about the bus - it's 3000 yen.
(Thomsons - French and useless)
Take you pick !
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.
Japan have very good and complicated train network, covering most of the places. From Narita airport, you can take either the Keisei line or JR to Tokyo.
I was totally blur when I first saw this route map. I don't know how to read it, where to transfer and how to buy tickets! Well... it become easy for me on the 3rd day onwards, now I can tell where to transfer for a fast train to Shinjuku! (^0^)
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.
A.-Japan Railways(JR)Narita Express
... 53 min non-stop to Tokyo Station. ...
Some trains go to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Yokohama.
3, 140 to JR Tokyo Station
B.Sobu Line Rapid Train
...83 min. 1, 280 to Tokyo Station....
At Tokyo, the Sobu Line becomes the Yokosuka Line for Yokohama and points beyond in the Miura peninsula.
60 min to Keisei-Ueno Station,
with a stop at Nippori Station.
80 min to Keisei-Ueno Station.
Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT)
2, 900. yen
2-7 departures / hour
NOTE...30 airlines have departure check-in counters at T-CAT, near subway Suitengu-mae Stn or 8 min walk from Ningyocho Stn.
Some T-CAT services continue to Tokyo Station:
80 min (from airport), 3, 000. yen
75 min ..3, 000. yen
One to six departures per hour.
75 min, 3, 000.yen
One to six departures per hour.
60 min, 2, 400. yen
90 min 3, 500yen
160 min, 3, 700yen
170 min, 3, 500yen
Some limousine buses travel directly to more than 50 hotels in Tokyo,
but services are not frequent.
About 90 min to central Tokyo.
Fare: about 25, 000. ..
1.-Haneda is reached by monorail from JR Hamamatsucho Stn
2.-by Keihin-Kyuko Line from JR/Keihin-Kyuko Shinagawa Stn
3.- by limousine bus from JR/subway Tokyo Stn
JR/subway Shinjuku Stn
(35-65 min), major hotels,
and Narita Airport