Getting from Narita to Ikebukuro

Carey Finn
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Department stores on the east side of Ikebukuro Station. | Photo by Joonggil Lee used under CC

Ikebukuro may be one of Tokyo’s less glamorous areas, but it’s a solid business and education district that has decent accommodation and great, affordable grub to boot. That’s what makes it a popular base for visiting tourists. If you need to get from Narita to Ikebukuro, here are the best options—categorized according to price, time and simplicity.

The 3 best ways to get from Narita to Ikebukuro

Fastest: The quickest option is to take the Keisei Skyliner from Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station or Terminal 2|3 Station to Nippori, then change to the JR Yamanote Line which will take you to Ikebukuro. The ride time is just 48 minutes (though you need to factor in a few minutes for transfers), and tickets cost 2,640 yen one way.

Cheapest: If you don’t mind hauling your luggage around regular trains and a longer journey, you can take the Keisei Main Line instead, then do the same change at Nippori Station. This will take an hour and 30-40 minutes, but costs just 1,200 yen.

Easiest: Our recommendation, though, is to hop onto the Narita Express (N’EX), which is 3,190 yen one way (or 4.000 yen for a return trip) and takes you directly from the airport to Ikebukuro Station in around 90 minutes. It’s a cool, comfortable train that is rarely crowded. You’ll need to check the timetable to see if the Ikebukuro N’EX is running at a time that suits you; otherwise you can take a direct limousine bus for 3,100 yen instead (which is good if you are traveling with lots of luggage).

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Want to see the other transport options that are available? Give our our mega guide on the cheapest ways of getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo a read.

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