Located 60 km east of central Tokyo, the airport is well-serviced by express trains and buses, transporting visitors into the city and beyond.
The JR-operated Narita Express runs around twice every hour during the day between the airport terminals and major urban destinations such as Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku Ikebukuro, and Yokohama. A Narita Express train will drop you off in Tokyo station in just under an hour. All seats are reserved, and you need to book after you have arrived in the country. If you hold a Japan Rail Pass, you can reserve a seat without any additional payment.
Another option is the aptly named Skyliner operated by Keisei Railway. This train will rocket you into Nippori and Ueno in north-east Tokyo in a dash over 40 minutes. These stations sit above Tokyo station on the Yamanote line that circles central Tokyo, so a great point of access for traveling onto your final destination in the capital. There are three trains an hour, each with comfortable seats and plenty of luggage space. Note that as this is not a JR run service, JR Passes cannot be used.
While fares on the above trains sit between JPY2500 and JPY5000 depending on the choice of seat and ultimate destination, if you are on a shoestring budget and are flexible with your time, local trains will also take you into central Tokyo for a third of the price but double the time.
Make use of the Limousine bus services from Narita Airport that can transport you to many destinations in Tokyo, including the main hotel districts. While it can take up to two hours in the heavy Tokyo traffic to get into the city, buses are often a more direct choice.
Taxis from Narita Airport are another option if the timing for trains and buses doesn't suit your schedule. This can be quite an expensive option, but fixed-price taxis are available.
If you are feeling particularly extravagant, it is possible to travel by helicopter into the city from Narita. This is not a common choice, and is understandably pricey. However, a number of private companies do run these services, so high-flyers should do private research to find the best options.
Tourist Information Center (TIC)
Stop by the Tourist Information Centers at Narita Airport. They are staffed by multilingual travel experts who can answer questions and provide free maps and brochures. A stop at the TIC can save you lots of travel-planning time.
Japanese public transport, stores, and restaurants are legally forbidden to accept foreign currencies, so you will need small amounts of yen currency for your immediate needs. If you have foreign bank notes other than U.S. dollars, it is wise to convert some of them in to yen while at the airport. Traveler's Checks can be cashed quickly at banks, but few stores or restaurants accept them. Unused yen (bank notes only—no coins) can be reconverted at the airport with no limitation, provided the exchange center has sufficient funds for re-conversion. For handling currency exchange, there are 16 banks and 2 post offices at the airport, with one or more open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
For more information: Narita International Airport | Currency Exchange
Japan Rail Pass Order Exchange
Obtain your Japan Rail Pass by exchanging your Exchange Order at the airport's travel centres and ticket offices. The date of validation of your Pass can be any day within three months of the issuing date of your Exchange Order. You can use the Pass for the JR train trip between Narita Airport and Tokyo.
Make use of the baggage delivery service, and travel into the centre of Tokyo hands-free. In most cases, your luggage will be delivered to your hotel in Tokyo the next day.
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Narita City, Chiba-ken, Japan