Shibuya is the hopping-off point for many travelers to Tokyo, as it’s a central gateway to heaps of accommodation and shopping options. There are numerous ways to get from Narita to Shibuya, but these are our top choices.
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The 4 best ways for getting from Narita to Shibuya
The quickest option is to take the Keisei Skyliner train from Narita Airport (Terminal 1 or Terminal 2|3 Station) to Nippori Station and transfer to the JR Yamanote Line there. You’ll see Shibuya clearly marked on the boards. The trip takes about 70-85 minutes and will set you back ¥2,670. You can buy Keisei Skyliner tickets online in advance.
You’re looking at the same route, but on a regular Keisei Line train instead of the fancier and faster Skyliner. It costs just ¥1,230, but takes nearly two hours—and you may face crowds of daily commuters. Read our guide to taking Keisei trains before you set off.
If you’ve got a few coins to spare, you could get yourself a ticket on the Narita Express (N’EX). These comfortable, quiet trains take you directly from Narita to Shibuya in about an hour and a half, at a cost of ¥3,190 (or a reasonable ¥4,000 for a round trip). Check the timetable to see which N’EX trains go to Shibuya—not all of them go through this station. You can hop onto an airport limousine bus for about the same price as a one-way N’EX ticket, but we find the train to be the more comfortable ride.
Easiest way of getting from Narita to Shibuya
If you’re rolling off a long-haul flight and you just can’t be bothered with negotiating the world’s largest urban rail network in a jet-lag haze, then something like this shared taxi service for about ¥6,180 is a higher cost but lower stress hack.
Going somewhere else or want more details on this route? Read our mega guide on the cheapest ways of getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo. This list of 10 free things to do in Shibuya might come in handy, too.
While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in December, 2016. Last updated January, 2019.