Tokyo has two airports, Narita International Airport (成田空港, Narita Kūkō, NRT), which handles a large number of international flights as well as domestic and international flights by many low-budget airlines, and the more centrally located Haneda Airport (HND), which handles the city's main share of domestic traffic and an increasing number of international flights.

Narita Airport (formerly also known as New Tokyo International Airport) is located in the city of Narita in Chiba Prefecture, about 60 kilometers outside of Tokyo. It consists of three terminal buildings: terminal 1, terminal 2 and terminal 3. Terminal 1 and 2 each have a railway station in their respective basements. Terminal 3 serves low-budget airlines and is connected with terminal 2 by a pedestrian walkway. Free shuttle buses operate between all three terminals.

Narita Airport is connected with central Tokyo by multiple rail and bus lines:

How to travel between Narita Airport and Shinjuku Station

By JR Narita Express
Direct, 90 minutes, around 3200 yen, 1-2 connections per hour
The one way trip by JR Narita Express (NEX) takes roughly 90 minutes, costs around 3200 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass and some other JR passes. There are departures every 30 to 60 minutes. The NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket for 4000 yen provides foreign travelers with a discounted round trip from the airport into Tokyo and back within a 2-week period.

By Keisei Skyliner
1 transfer, 65 minutes, 2450-2720 yen, 2 connections per hour
Take the Keisei Skyliner from Narita Airport to Nippori Station (about 40 minutes, 2520 yen) and transfer to the JR Yamanote Line to get to Shinjuku Station (20 minutes, 200 yen). There are connections every 20-40 minutes. If purchased in advance online or via a travel agent outside of Japan, foreign tourists can ride the Skyliner for just 2250 yen.

By Keisei Limited Express
1 transfer, 100 minutes, 1250 yen, 3 connections per hour
The cheapest way to travel between Narita Airport and Shinjuku is by Keisei Limited Express. Take the Keisei Limited Express from the airport to Nippori Station (75 minutes, 1050 yen) and transfer to the JR Yamanote Line to Shinjuku (20 minutes, 200 yen). There are three connections per hour.

By limousine bus
Direct, 105 minutes, 3200 yen, 3-4 connections per hour
Limousine buses to Shinjuku Station depart Narita Airport every 15 to 20 minutes. The one way journey takes about 105 minutes and costs 3200 yen. In addition, there are direct limousine bus connections to several major hotels in the Shinjuku area. A special round trip ticket for only 4500 yen is available to foreign tourists exclusively.

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Means of access to/from Narita Airport

JR Narita Express (NEX)

About 3100 yen, 60 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 30-60 minutes
The Narita Express is a fast and comfortable airport train into central Tokyo (serving Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro Stations), the Tokyo Tama region, Yokohama and Saitama (and Kawaguchiko on selected days). All seats are reserved. The NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket for foreign travelers provides a discount over regular tickets.

JR Sobu Line (Rapid Service)

About 1300 yen, 85 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 60 minutes
The Rapid Sobu Line is the inexpensive JR alternative to the Narita Express, connecting the airport with Tokyo Station and Yokohama. The Rapid Sobu Line is a normal commuter train, which stops at several stations between the airport and Tokyo and can become crowded during rush hours. Seat reservations are not possible.

Keisei Skyliner

About 2500 yen, 40 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 20-40 minutes
The Keisei Skyliner provides the fastest connection into central Tokyo, connecting the airport with Ueno Station. It is a comfortable train for travelers to and from the airport. All seats are reserved. Keisei offers discount ticket packages to arriving tourists that combine the Skyliner ride from the airport to central Tokyo with day passes for the subway lines in Tokyo. If purchased in advance, foreign tourists pay only 2250 yen for the one way ride.

Keisei Limited Express

About 1100 yen, 75 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 20 minutes
The most inexpensive option by Keisei Railways, the Keisei Limited Express is the cheapest way to get from the airport into Tokyo. It is a normal commuter train, which stops at several stations between the airport and Tokyo and can become crowded during rush hours. Seat reservations are not possible.

Keisei/Keikyu Narita-Haneda Limited Express

About 1300 yen, 60 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 40 minutes
Trains named "Access Express" or "Airport Kaitoku" directly connect Narita Airport to Tokyo's other airport, Haneda Airport via the Narita Sky Access Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Keikyu Airport Line. Along the way they stop several times in central Tokyo, including Asakusa, Ginza and Shinagawa. Seat reservations are not possible.

Bus

About 1000-3300 yen, 60-90 minutes to central Tokyo
Several bus companies offer connections to various places in the Tokyo area and neighboring prefectures, including direct connections to major hotels across central Tokyo. Conventional "limousine buses" cost around 3300 yen one way, but several cheaper bus services have entered the competition recently, offering one way fares of around 1000 yen.

Taxi

About 20,000 yen, 60-90 minutes to central Tokyo
Because Narita Airport is located about 60 km outside of Tokyo, a taxi ride into central Tokyo is very expensive and not recommended to common travelers.

What to see around Narita Airport

Narita Airport is located 60 kilometers or a one hour train ride outside of central Tokyo. When planning a short excursion into central Tokyo, you should allot at least three hours for the train trip in and out of the city, and check the schedule for your return trip in advance.

There are also a few points of interest in the vicinity of the airport itself, including Naritasan, a large and popular temple complex in Narita City. An excursion from the airport to Naritasan requires at least three hours, to be on the safe side. See the Narita section for details on other attractions around the airport.