Easiest Options to Get from Narita Airport to Tokyo and Ginza

How to Get From Narita Airport to Tokyo and Ginza

When you explore your options to get from Narita Airport NRT to Tokyo you should consider three main factors to decide the option which is best for your particular circumstances.  These three deciding airport transfer factors are whether you are looking for the easiest, cheapest or fastest option – usually you can achieve only one or two of these factors.

Key deciding factors also include how long you are in transit for on arrival into Narita Airport.  If you have just completed a long haul or red eye flight, are travelling with young children or are arriving late at night, then the last thing you want to deal with on arrival is trying to work out the complex system which is the Tokyo train system.

Therefore in putting together this article my mission is to help you to have a brilliant first day in Tokyo by assisting you to choose the easiest and most cost effective option to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo.  Choose wisely – it can make a real difference to how you start your holiday in Japan!

Tokyo Airport Transfer Articles

I have also developed a set of articles to help you work out the best way to transfer between Narita Airport and the following major areas in Tokyo.  Click on the article below to see the options which will best suit your situation (note that some articles are located on Japan Travel Planning and some articles are on Pretraveller).

Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join my Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

Distance from Narita Airport NRT to Tokyo Station

The first misconception that most people have is that they do not understand that Narita Airport is not actually IN Tokyo!  The actual driving distance from Narita Airport NRT to Tokyo Station is 70 km / 44 mi to the east of Tokyo.  Check out the map below to see the location.

Easiest and Cost Effective Options to Get from Narita Airport NRT to Tokyo Station and Ginza Station

Below I have detailed the seven options in order of easiest and most cost effective options to travel from Narita Airport NRT to Tokyo, with pricing based on travel to Tokyo Station as the centre of Tokyo.  You can also use the same information to travel from Tokyo and Ginza Station to Narita Airport.  There is an initial comparison table with further details below the table.

Note that pricing was accurate as at 15 April 2018, however is subject to fluctuate due to changes in pricing and exchange rates.  This article will be periodically updated to reflect the latest prices.

Voyagin Year End Sale Promotion

Voyagin is currently running their Year End Sale from 1 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 with the following coupon code discounts, note that this deal does not include discounts on Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disneysea tickets or whole of Japan Rail Passes:

  • Spend $US 80, Save $US 5, use coupon code`YEAREND5`
  • Spend $US 130, Save $US 10, use coupon code `YEAREND10`
  • Spend $US 350, Save $US 30, use coupon code `YEAREND30`

To see a great range of other popular purchase options through Voyagin to take advantage of this sale I suggest you also check out our Voyagin Tours and Tickets page at this link.

Transfer Description to Tokyo and Ginza Stations Cost per adult ($US) (estimate) Cost for 2 adults and 2 children ($US) (estimate) Transfer Time Click here to Pre-Book
Limousine Bus  $US 29 + walk/taxi  $US 144 + walk/taxi 55-80 minutes direct to closest drop off or pick up point, then walk or taxi Click here to pre-book through Voyagin
Keisei Bus  $US 14 + walk/taxi  $US 56 + walk/taxi 90 minutes direct to Tokyo or Ginza Station, then walk or taxi Click here to pre-book through Voyagin
Narita Express  $US 30 + walk/taxi  $US 90 + walk/taxi 53 minutes direct to Tokyo Station, then walk or taxi Book at airport counter or activate and use your Japan Rail Pass
Shared Airport Shuttle Bus  $US 91  $US 251 55-80 minutes direct to your door – includes hotel and AirBnb drop off and pick up Click here to pre-book through Get Your Guide
Private Airport Shuttle Bus (up to 9 passengers – see further below for group pricing)  $US 239 (price reduces for each additional passenger)  $US 327 55-80 minutes direct to your door – includes hotel and AirBnb drop off and pick up Click here to pre-book through Get Your Guide
Taxi (up to 4-5 passengers)  $US 200 or up to $US 260 between 10pm and 5am  $US 200-260 55-80 minutes direct to your door – includes hotel and AirBnb drop off and pick up Walk to airport taxi rank
Uber (up to 6 passengers)  $US 255 (4 passengers) to $US 265 (6 passengers)  $US 255 55-80 minutes direct to your door – includes hotel and AirBnb drop off and pick up Book through Uber app for airport pickup
Keisei Skyliner  $US25 + walk / taxi  $US 75 + walk/taxi 67 minutes, change trains at Nippori Station, then walk or taxi Click here to pre-book through Voyagin

 

How to Get From Narita Airport to Tokyo and Ginza
Hover over the above image to Pin to Pinterest

1.    Limousine Bus Narita NRT to Downtown Tokyo

A very affordable option to travel from Narita Airport NRT is using the shared Limousine Bus.  This is a great option, particularly if you have booked a hotel which is a drop off point for the service.  If you have booked other accommodation, you will still need to make your way from the closest drop off point to your accommodation.  Options include walking or catching a taxi from the closest drop off point to your accommodation.

You can book a one way or return ticket for the Limousine Bus service for the main line from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station and other destinations within Tokyo.

My recommended option to book the main Tokyo Limousine Bus service is through Voyagin.  Click here to check out availability and prices and to make your booking.  Details as follows:

  • Service Area. Includes drop off to Tokyo Station or the Tokyo City Air Terminal (TCAT) and hotels in the area around Tokyo Station and Ginza Station.  The Voyagin article has a link you can click to see a map of the drop off options to assist you to find the option which is closest to your accommodation.
  • Travel Time. This option is quite quick to the drop off point as only destinations in a small area are designated as the drop off point, however if you need to travel further that will add to your total travel time.
  • Hours of Operation. This service operates from 6.55am to the final departure from Narita at 10.50pm, and runs every 5 to 30 minutes within those times.
  • Timeframe to Pre-Book. It is recommended that you book this service at least 72 hours prior to your pick up time.
  • Pricing is $US 29 per person each way, a flat rate to cover all drop off locations within Tokyo.

Here are several pricing scenarios for the Tokyo Limousine bus transfer option:

  • Solo traveller: $US 29 plus add on taxi/train fare if required
  • Couple: $US 58 plus add on taxi/train fare if required
  • Family: 2 Adults and 2 children: $US 144 plus add on taxi/train fare if required

2.    Keisei Bus Narita NRT to Tokyo Station and Ginza Station

The most affordable option to travel from Narita Airport NRT to either Tokyo Station or Ginza Station is using the Keisei Bus Tokyo Shuttle Bus service which departs from Narita Terminals 1, 2 and 3.  You will still need to make your way to your accommodation using either another train, taxi and/or walking.  You cannot use a Japan Rail Pass to utilise this service.

You can pre book your ticket through the Voyagin website.  Click here to check out pricing and availability and to make your booking.

Details are as follows:

  • Service Area. Includes a direct bus trip to Tokyo Station or Ginza Station.  You can then catch other trains to access other stations.
  • Travel Time. This option is around 90 minutes to Tokyo Station and Ginza Station, and more time from there depending on your final destination.  You then need to catch a train or taxi to your accommodation.
  • Hours of Operation. This service operates from 5.55am to the final departure from Narita at 11.10pm, and runs every 20 minutes within those times.
  • Timeframe to Pre-Book. Pre-booking not required, however you can lock in your price online through Voyagin.
  • Pricing is $US 14 per person each way.

Here are several pricing scenarios for the Keisei Bus transfer option:

  • Solo traveller: $US 14 plus add on taxi/train fare if required
  • Couple: $US 28 plus add on taxi/train fare if required
  • Family: 2 Adults and 2 children: $US 56 plus add on taxi/train fare if required

3.    JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station

A faster but more expensive public transportation option to travel from Narita Airport NRT is using the Narita Express or N’EX train.  If your accommodation is further than a short walk you will still need to make your way to your accommodation using either another train or a taxi and/or walking.

You can book a one way or return ticket at either Narita Terminal 1 Station or Narita Terminal 2-3 Station for the Narita Express service with prices varying depending on your specific destination.  If you have purchased a Japan Rail Pass and it has been activated you can use this pass to travel on the Narita Express with no extra charges.  Click here to check out pricing and how to purchase a Japan Rail Pass, note you need to order at least one week before you depart.  Expect that there is likely to be a queue to activate your JR Pass at Narita Airport.

Details are as follows:

  • Service Area. Includes a direct train trip to either Tokyo or Shinagawa Stations, alternative trains will arrive directly at Tokyo, Shinjuku or Shibuya Stations, and you can then change trains to access other stations such as Ginza Station.
  • Travel Time. This option is only 53 minutes to Tokyo Station, and more time from there depending on your final destination.  You then need to either walk or catch a taxi to your accommodation.
  • Hours of Operation. This service operates from 7.45am to the final departure from Narita at 9.44pm, and runs every 15 to 30 minutes within those times.
  • Timeframe to Pre-Book. Pre-booking not required.
  • Pricing is $US 44 per person each way for Green Car (First Class) tickets, and $US 30 per person each way for the Ordinary Car (2nd Class).  Tickets for children aged 6 – 11 years old is 50% of the adult fare.

Here are several pricing scenarios for the Narita Express transfer option:

  • Solo traveller: $US 30 for Ordinary Car plus add on taxi/train fare if required
  • Couple: $US 60 for Ordinary Car plus add on taxi/train fare if required
  • Family: 2 Adults and 2 children: $US 90 for Ordinary Car plus add on taxi/train fare if required

4.    Narita NRT Airport Shuttle Bus to Tokyo and Ginza

After our first day experience in trying to unsuccessfully wrangle the Tokyo train system and also the difficulties we had in trying to find our AirBnB apartment this is the option I would choose if I could have a do-over.

My recommended option to book an airport shuttle bus is through Get Your Guide.  Click here to check out availability and prices and to make your booking.  Details as follows:

  • Service Area. A door to door service to the main 23 wards of Tokyo city (note does not include Disneyland area), which includes both hotels and apartments – so if you have booked your accommodation through AirBnB or equivalent you will be both dropped off and/or picked up directly from your apartment ? .  Easy!
  • Travel Time. You will travel with other passengers going to a similar area in Tokyo, so the time to your door will take longer depending on how many drop offs are before yours.
  • Hours of Operation. This service also operates 24 hours per day 7 days per week so will cater well for late night flight arrivals as well as early morning departures.
  • Timeframe to Pre-Book. It is recommended that you book this service at least 72 hours prior to your pick up time.
  • Pricing for a one way shared airport shuttle service is $US 91 per adult and $US 23 per child, and does not have a maximum number – the company will provide an appropriate vehicle of multiple vehicles.

Here are several pricing scenarios for the shared airport shuttle bus option to Tokyo and Ginza:

  • Solo traveller: $US 91
  • Couple: $US 182
  • Family: 2 Adults and 2 children: $US 251

5.    Tokyo Airport Private Transfer to Tokyo and Ginza

A private airport transfer is a great option to get to your accommodation as quickly and as easily as possible, and is particularly good for larger groups and families.

My recommended option to pre-book an airport shuttle bus is through Get Your Guide.  Click here to check out availability and prices and to make your booking.  Details as follows:

  • Service Area. A door to door service to the main 23 wards of Tokyo city (note does not include Disneyland area), which includes both hotels and apartments – so if you have booked your accommodation through AirBnB or equivalent you be both dropped off and picked up directly from your apartment ? .  Easy!
  • Travel Time. You are the only occupants of the vehicle so you will be taken directly to your door – so this is the shortest travel time option and should be equivalent to either a taxi or Uber.
  • Hours of Operation. This service also operates 24 hours per day 7 days per week so will cater well for late night flight arrivals as well as early morning departures.
  • Timeframe to Pre-Book. It is recommended that you book this service at least 72 hours prior to your pick up time.
  • Pricing for a one way private airport transfer service is $US 239 for up to three passengers.  For four to six passengers the price is $US 327.  For seven to nine passengers the price is $US 381.

Here are several pricing scenarios for the Tokyo airport private transfer option to Tokyo or Ginza:

  • Solo traveller: $US 239
  • Couple: $US 239
  • Family: 2 Adults and 2 children: $US 327

6.    Taxi or Uber from Narita NRT to Tokyo or Ginza

A question many people ask is whether Uber is available in Tokyo.  You will be pleased to know that you can catch either a taxi or an Uber from Narita Airport NRT to Tokyo or Ginza.  For taxis you can just walk out to the taxi rank, for Uber you can book via the Uber app and be picked up directly from the airport.

Details are as follows:

  • Service Area. A door to door service to anywhere you like.
  • Travel Time. You are the only occupants of the vehicle so you will be taken directly to your door – so this is the shortest travel time option
  • Hours of Operation. This service also operates 24 hours per day 7 days per week so will cater well for late night flight arrivals as well as early morning departures.  Note that taxis in Japan charge a surcharge of 20-30% for rides between 10pm and 5am.
  • Timeframe to Pre-Book. Pre-booking not required
  • Taxis come in three sizes – small for up to 4 passengers, medium for up to 5 passengers and large for up to 5 passengers, however some medium and large taxis may still only take up to 4 passengers. Taxis are typically immaculately maintained and provide good service.
  • Estimated pricing for a one way taxi fare from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station or Ginza Station is $US 200 (no surcharge). Most taxis accept credit cards or an Inter City card like a Suica, Pasmo or Icoca card for payment but check before you commit, some taxis may only accept cash.
  • Uber is available only in Tokyo in Japan however is typically more expensive than a taxi. Your Uber options include either a Black Car which can accommodate up to 4 passengers or a Black Van which can accommodate up to 6 passengers.  Estimated pricing for a one way Uber fare from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station or Ginza Station is $US 255 for a Black Car and $US 265 for a Black Van.  Uber can be paid via the app so this is a cashless transaction.

Here are several pricing scenarios for the Tokyo airport private transfer option from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station and Ginza Station:

  • Solo traveller: $US 200 (taxi – no surcharge) or $US 255 (Uber)
  • Couple: $US 200 (taxi – no surcharge) or $US 255 (Uber)
  • Family: 2 Adults and 2 children: $US 200 (taxi – no surcharge) or $US 255 (Uber)

7.    Keisei Skyliner from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station

While you can catch the Narita Express to Tokyo Station and then change trains to travel to Ueno, the faster (but not easier) option is to catch the Kensei Skyliner train direct to either Ueno or Nippori Stations, and then change trains to travel to Tokyo Station.  Japan Rail Passes cannot be used for this service.  If you are travelling the the northern part of Tokyo such as Ueno and Ikebukuro then the Keisei Skyliner is the best option – check out my separate article on how to travel from Narita to Ueno for further information about these options.

If your accommodation is further than a short walk you will still need to make your way to your accommodation using either another train or a taxi and/or walking.

My recommended option to book the Keisei Skyliner is through Voyagin – you can book either a single or return journey, and can also package a subway pass with your tickets.  Click here to check out availability and prices and to make your booking.

Details are as follows:

  • Service Area. Includes a direct train trip to Ueno or Nippori Stations, and you can then change trains to access other destinations such as Tokyo, Ikebukuro and the Tokyo Dome.
  • Travel Time. This option is approximately 47 minutes total from Narita Airport to Ueno or Nippori Stations and then on to Tokyo Station.  You then need to either catch another train, walk or catch a taxi to your accommodation.
  • Hours of Operation. This service operates from 7.28am to the final departure from Narita at 10:30pm, and runs every 20 minutes within those times.
  • Timeframe to Pre-Book. Pre-booking not required but the easiest option is to pre-book your ticket through Voyagin.
  • Pricing is $US 25 per person each way.  Tickets for children aged 6 – 11 years old is $US 12.50.

Here are several pricing scenarios for the Keisei Skyliner transfer option from Narita Airport to Ueno or Nippori Stations:

  • Solo traveller: $US 25 plus add on taxi/train fare if required
  • Couple: $US 50 plus add on taxi/train fare if required
  • Family: 2 Adults and 2 children: $US 75 plus add on taxi/train fare if required

Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join my Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

Tags from the story
More from Anne Sutherland-Smith

How to Plan a Holiday Into Your Trip Itinerary

What is the measure of a great holiday?  Is it the amazing attractions...
Read More

2 Comments

  • I cannot find the part on Narita airport to Shinjuku only to Tokyo Station an Ginza.
    Do we use the same trains and mode of transport or different route to Shinjuku. All rather confusing so sorry if the answer somwhere in post but I could not find it.

Comments are closed.