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How to travel between Tokyo and Narita City

This section explains how to travel between Tokyo and the city of Narita, as opposed to Narita Airport. For details on airport access, please visit our Narita Airport page.

By Japan Railways (JR)

One direct rapid train per hour runs along the JR Sobu Line between Tokyo Station and Narita Airport in each direction, stopping at Narita Station along the way. The one way trip from Tokyo Station to Narita Station takes 70 minutes and costs 1140 yen. Seat reservations are not possible.

The JR Narita Express (NEX) also runs between Tokyo and Narita Airport, however, except for some early morning and evening services, they do not stop at Narita Station. Those that do, take 60 minutes and cost around 3000 yen one way. Seat reservations are mandatory.

By Keisei Railways

Keisei limited express trains along the Keisei Main Line between Tokyo's Keisei Ueno Station and Narita Airport, stop at Keisei Narita Station along the way. The one way trip takes 75 minutes and costs 840 yen (seat reservations not possible, departures every 20 minutes).

How to travel between Narita Airport and Narita City

By train

It takes about ten minutes to travel between Narita Station and Narita Airport by either JR or Keisei trains. The most frequent service is provided by the Keisei limited express, which departs about every 20 minutes and costs 260 yen for the one way trip. By JR rapid trains it costs only 240 yen, but there is only one departure per hour.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.


The airport is located about ten kilometers outside of central Narita City. JR and Keisei, the two railway companies that serve the airport, each have a station in the city center, less than a five minute walk apart from each other: JR Narita Station and Keisei Narita Station.

Many hotels around Narita Airport offer their guests complimentary shuttle buses to/from the airport and to/from Narita Station in the city center. Furthermore, there are some paid buses that connect the hotels with major sightseeing spots, such as the Aeon shopping mall and Naritasan Temple.

Narita also has a network of regular city bus lines, which is operated mainly by Chiba Kotsu. The network is centered around Keisei and JR Narita Stations and provides connections to some of the sightseeing spots, including the Boso no Mura open air museum and the Aeon shopping mall.

More outlying attractions, such as Sawara, Katori Shrine and the National Museum of Japanese History are accessed by train. Alternatively, visitors to Narita could also consider renting a car for a day of sightseeing around the airport. All major car rental companies have outlets at Narita Airport.

Page last updated: December 1, 2016