Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)
Travel and Ground Transport
Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) is a huge and extremely busy airport, with an enormous ground transportation infrastructure to match.
Serving Tokyo and the surrounding areas of Chiba, Funabashi, Matsudo, Naruto and Sakura, Narita International Airport is called home by a fleet of buses, shuttles and taxis, whilst also providing car rental and train services. Courtesy shuttle buses travel between the terminal buildings, meaning that getting around on site is easy.
Both of the terminals at Tokyo Narita Airport have their own separate train stations, on the lower levels. The trains provide an economical way to travel into central Tokyo. The Narita Express (NEX) requires advance reservations and seats on these trains can be booked at the NEX counter, within the train terminal. Travelling to Tokyo Train Station in around one hour and 20 minutes, these busy trains leave every 30 minutes.
A slightly faster alternative in the Keisei Skyliner Express. This train leaves Narita Station every 30 minutes and travels to Tokyo Ueno Station, close to the main station, in roughly one hour. Tickets for the Keisei Skyliner Express are available in each terminal, in the Arrivals Hall. Also, the Airport Limited Express travels to Haneda Station and this journey takes around one hour and 40 minutes.
Narita International is served by public buses, which collect and drop-off passengers directly outside of the departures lobbies for each of the passenger terminals. 'Keisei' buses are especially popular and connect a variety of different destinations, such as Chiba Chuo, Higashi Tokorozawa, Hiratsuka, Hon-Atsugi, Ichinoe, Kasai, Kichijoji, Koiwa, Makuhari Messe, Omiya, Saitama Shin-Toshin, Shin-Fuji, Shin-Yurigaoka, Tama Plaza and Tokorozawa, amongst other stops.
Shuttle buses are available at NRT and the 'Airport Limousine Bus' collects passengers from outside the terminal buildings, departing every 15 minutes and connecting many of the hotels in Tokyo city centre. The shuttle also travels to and from Haneda Airport, the Hasunuma Seaside Park, the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, Shibayama-Chiyoda, Shin-Koshigaya, Yashio, Yohohama and the Yokoshiba Yagata Beach. Tickets can be purchased from the Airport Limousine Bus counter close to the customs area in the main terminal building.
Taxis are on hand at Narita Airport and reach central Tokyo is roughly one and a half hours. Fixed-fare taxi cabs allow you to know exactly how much your journey will cost before you depart, with rates being calculated according to specific 'destination zones'.