Getting from Narita to Shinjuku

Carey Finn
narita to shinjuku
The skyscraper district of Shinjuku. | Photo by Yoshikazu Takada used under CC

Shinjuku is a non-stop shopping and entertainment district in central Tokyo that also happens to be a jumping-off point to many other parts of the prefecture. There are lots of ways to get from Narita to Shinjuku, but these are our top picks.

The 4 best ways for getting from Narita to Shinjuku

Fastest: We’ve always found the Keisei Skyliner to be the quickest option—you get from Narita to Shinjuku in 56 minutes, paying 2,670 yen one way. You need to make one transfer; get off at Nippori and switch to the JR Yamanote Line to complete the journey. You can buy Keisei Skyliner tickets online in advance.

This shared taxi service is a cheap option for a door-to-door transfer from the airport. If you're new to Japan, then use this friendly minibus click here for details
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Cheapest: If you want to halve the costs of the trip, you can take the regular Keisei Line on the same route (with the same change at Nippori required). It costs just ¥1,230, but taking this train at peak times can mean a sudden immersive experience in Tokyo’s rush hour! Read: The complete guide to taking Keisei trains from Narita.

Easier: For those with a few extra yen in the ol’ wallet, taking the Narita Express (N’EX) is a chilled way of getting from Narita to Shinjuku Station. It’s a direct 90-minute ride that costs ¥3,190 yen one way (a round trip works out cheaper at ¥4,000). Check the timetable to see which N’EX trains go to Shinjuku—some have other destinations. You can get an Airport Limousine Bus for roughly the same price as a one-way N’EX ticket, but we find the train to be more comfortable.

Easiest: If you’re coming off a really long flight and you really can’t be bothered with negotiating the world’s largest urban rail network while suffering from jet lag, then a shared taxi transfer to your hotel like this shared taxi service for about ¥5,600 is the higher cost but lowest stress option.

Heading elsewhere or looking for more details on this route? Have a look at our mega guide on the cheapest ways of getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo. This list of free things to do in Shinjuku might be useful, too.

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Filed under: Getting around, Transport
Tags: Keisei, Limousine Bus, Narita Airport, Narita Express, Shuttle, Skyliner, Tourists, Trains, Transport
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