Japan Train Travel: Narita Express (N'EX) 成田エクスプレス
The Narita Express (N'EX) is a Limited Express train connecting Narita International Airport with various destinations in greater Tokyo. The stylishly-designed Narita Express is often the first train visitors to Japan ride.
All Narita Express trains pass through Tokyo Station from Narita Airport Terminal 1 with stops at various stations depending on the train. Travel time between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station is about 1 hour with trains approximately every 30 minutes.
Travel time from Narita Airport to Shinjuku is 78 minutes and to Yokohama 83 minutes.
All seats on the N'EX are reserved.
The Narita Express started operations in 1991 and competes with the Keisei Skyliner on the route to Narita.
Narita Express Stops
The Narita Express is a single line between Narita Airport and Tokyo, but from Tokyo it branches into three lines headed in the direction of (but not necessarily as far as): Omiya up north in Saitama prefecture, Ofuna down south in Kanagawa prefecture, and Takao (near Mt. Takao) out west in Hachioji City, Tokyo.
This three-directional service is accomplished by coupling and decoupling cars during the stop that all Narita Express trains make at Tokyo Station.
Narita Express in the Omiya direction
The following stations form the Narita Express service in the Omiya direction (orange & yellow markers on map).
Narita Airport → Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 → Narita → Tokyo → Shibuya → Shinjuku → Ikebukuro → Omiya (early morning departures and evening arrivals only)
Narita Express in the Ofuna direction
The following stations form the Narita Express service in the Ofuna direction (blue markers on map).
Narita Airport → Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 → Tokyo → Shinagawa → Musashikosugi → Yokohama → Totsuka → Ofuna
Narita Express in the Takao direction
The following stations form the Narita Express service in the Takao direction (orange & red markers on map).
Narita Airport → Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 → Tokyo → Shibuya → Shinjuku → Kichijoji → Mitaka → Kokubunji → Tachikawa → Hachioji → Takao
Note: (1) This Takao-direction service is only for early morning departures and evening arrivals, and is not available for most of the day.
(2) Until November 27, 2017, on weekends and public holidays, a special Narita Express departs Narita Airport for Kawaguchiko Station (last stop on the Fujikyuko Line) - a 3 hour 30 minute journey. This service is an extension of the service to Takao and provides direct access from Narita for the Yamanashi (i.e., northern) face of Mount Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes, in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Departs Narita Airport Station 9.15am, arrives 12.43pm, then departs Kawaguchiko Station 2.18pm, arrives at Narita Airport Station at 5.29pm.
This limited-period service stops at the following stations: Narita Airport, Narita Airport Terminal 2, Tokyo, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Tachikawa, Hachioji, Otsuki, Tsuru-bunkadaigaku-mae (on the way to Kawaguchiko only - not on the way back), Fujisan, Fujikyu-Highland, Kawaguchiko.
Narita Express to Narita, Sakura, Yotsukaido and Chiba Stations
Additional stops are made by the last three trains of the day from Narita Airport and the last four trains of the day to Narita Airport at the following four stations: Narita (the city, not the airport) Station, Sakura Station, Yotsukaido Station, and Chiba Station, all in Chiba prefecture. Most Narita Express trains do not stop at these stations.
Consult the NEX official website for complete timetables.
Narita Express Fares
The Narita Express is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Pass. If you activate your JR Rail Pass at Narita Airport you can use it straight away on the N'EX. However, all seats are reserved, so holders of these passes must first make a seat reservation before boarding the Narita Express.
The N'EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket is for non-Japanese passport holders without a Japan Rail Pass and offers a round trip between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station for 4,000 yen for travel in an Ordinary Car reserved seat (not Green Car). The N'EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket is valid for 14 days.
N'EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket can be purchased from the JR East Travel Service Centers and from JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) at Narita Airport Terminals 1 and 2·3.
The normal one-way fare from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station is 3,020 yen.