What are your options if you are at Narita airport and want to get to Tokyo in a jiffy?
Yes Haneda is an alternate gateway too. But say you are using the larger gateway (which most intercontinental flights seem to be on) with a longer layover and wish to see a little of Tokyo. Can you? In Singapore, the airport conducts short city tours that you register for. Those run for 2-hours, Read here for more.
In Narita however, such options do not exist. Well, not exactly. In 2015, Narita launched a layover program. These cover only the area around Narita itself and not Tokyo. Thus the following is for folks who have a stopover rather than a layover.
We have seen from our trip advisor posts that many questions surround how to easily get to the city from the airport.
For us, thes are the options to get to Tokyo :
- Limousine bus. This costs ¥3,100pp for a one-way trip (same cost back and good as at time of this posr). The main drawback is that the service is usually for folks reaching out to designated hotels. However there are services with the major train stations as alighting points.We normally try to book hotels that are served by this network or are in close proximity.
- Narita Express train. This takes you direct from the terminal to Tokyo main station. It also continues on to Shinjuku station. Take note of the service that brings you to Yokohama. Best of all, it takes just 50 minutes and is not pricier at ¥6,040pp for the roundtrip to Tokyo, it is a good option if your hotel is in the vicinity of these stations. Mel took this in March 2016 on a business trip.
- JR connect to Metro/Subway. Not highly really recommended unless you are traveling light and know the connections. This guy‘s got a good guide to taking cheap train to your destination. If you have large suitcases, then it may be a chore to haul them up some of the older stations that do not have lifts or even escalators at the exits.
Definitely will not recommend the normal bus service (take too long) nor the taxi (too costly). However if these are options, then consider the Access Narita bus or Tokyo access bus. These are all in English now, so making an informed choice is no longer a serious challenge.
In case you were wondering why the taxi from the airport to the city is soooo expensive, its good to look at the geography. Narita is almost 70km away! Do you get much cheaper fares for such a taxi distance?
Enjoy Tokyo, Suan’s favorite city! We’ll be there soon!