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Video:Japan Travel: How to Get to Tokyo from Narita Airport

with Nathan Buck

There are options for all budgets and travel styles to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport. Take a closer look at some of the more convenient and budget-friendly commuter services in this Japan travel video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Japan Travel: How to Get to Tokyo from Narita Airport

Hi, my name is Nathan Buck About.com. Today i am going to tell you about How to get from Narita airport to Tokyo.

Taking a Taxi from Narita Airport

Narita airport formerly known as New Tokyo International airport is located in the city of Narita in Chiba prefecture about 60 km outside of Tokyo. Depending on you wallet there are several options to get Tokyo. There are taxis available of course, but these are extremely expensive: a taxi ride into central Tokyo will cost around 30,000 yen and is often slower than taking the train.

Train Options from Narita Airport to Tokyo

The best way to get into Tokyo quickly is by train. There are 3 different trains that run between Narita airport and Tokyo:

1) The JR Narita express, or NEX owned by national railroad used to bethe fastest way to travel between Narita airport and Tokyo station. The one way journey takes 1 hour and costs 3500 yen one way or 5500 yen round trip. Also, if you have the Japan Rail Pass or JR East Pass, the Narita express is included.

2) The JR Sobu line is a slower but cheaper JR alternative to the NEX. The one way trip takes 90 min and costs 1280 yen.

3) The Keisei Skyliner is a privately run train line that has recently been renovated and improved. It runs between Narita Airport and Nippori station and Ueno which are both much less busy than Tokyo station and conveniently located in downtown Tokyo. I highly recommend this option as the shortest journey takes only 36 minutes and a one way ticket costs 2400 yen. The new Skyliner trains are clean and comfortable and compared to the Narita Express both faster and cheaper.

4) The Sky Access Line is owned by the same private company Keisei and is a cheaper alternative to the Skyliner. It goes to Ueno station, takes 60 minutes and costs 1200 yen.

5) Finally there is the Keisei main Line which is the cheapest but takes a little longer. Between Narita airport and Ueno or Nippori takes 70 minutes and it costs 1000 yen.

Taking the Bus from Narita Airport

Buses are also available. Although, depending on the traffic the trip can take up to two hours, buses allow you to get a good views of Tokyo as you drive into town. The other advantage of a bus trip is that you can be driven directly to any one of 40 major hotels or a subway station. It's a good option for a first time traveler for sightseeing and the convenience of being driven straight to your hotel. The ticket prices start at 3,000 yen depending on your destination.

You can also take the Airport Limousine bus. The bus leaves the airport at least once an hour, or at peak times twice to three times an hour. Prices vary, so check at the information desks in the airport when you arrive.

Takuhaibin, Luggage Delivery Service

Takuhaibin is a convenient service that is good to know about. It is a door to door luggage delivery service from the airport to your hotel which allows you to avoid carring heavy luggage onto crowded trains and up and down stairs. It shouldn't cost more than 2000 yen for one piece of luggage, and delivery isusually on the next day.

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