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.
Pro tip: If you’re traveling with large bags, you can ask Luggagent to port them from the airport to your accommodation for an easier transfer. Cheapo readers get an extra bag for free.
The 4 best ways of getting from Narita to Shinjuku
Fastest transfer from Narita Airport to Shinjuku
We’ve always found the Keisei Skyliner express train to be the quickest option—you get from Narita to Shinjuku Station in about 65 minutes, paying ¥2,470 one way. You need to make one transfer; get off at Nippori Station and switch to the JR Yamanote Line to complete the journey. You can buy Keisei Skyliner tickets online in advance.
Cheapest way of getting to Shinjuku from Narita Airport
If you want to halve the costs of the trip, you can take the regular Keisei Line train on the same route (with the same change at Nippori required). It costs just ¥1,250, but be warned—taking this train at peak times can mean a sudden immersive experience in Tokyo’s rush hour!
Pro tip: Read the complete guide to taking Keisei trains from Narita.
Easier transfer from Narita to Shinjuku: The Narita Express train
For those with a few extra yen in the ol’ wallet, taking the Narita Express (N’EX) train is a chill way of getting from Narita Airport to Shinjuku Station. It’s a direct 90-minute ride that costs ¥3,250 yen one way (a round trip works out considerably cheaper at ¥4,070). Check the timetable to see which N’EX trains go to Shinjuku Station—some run on other routes.
Note: The Narita Express uses Platform 5 and 6, near the New South Gate of Shinjuku Station. The station can be a bit labyrinthine, but it is well marked with signboards.
Pro tip: While you can use your JR Pass on the Narita Express train to Shinjuku, unless you’re going to be jumping onto the bullet train and starting your cross-country travels the very next day, it’s probably best to save it and buy a separate ticket. Once the clock starts running on your JR Pass, it doesn’t stop, and you wouldn’t want to waste it.
Easiest way of getting from NRT to Shinjuku
If you’re coming off a really long flight and you can’t be bothered with negotiating the world’s largest urban rail network while suffering from jetlag, then a shared shuttle transfer to your hotel, like this shared taxi service for about ¥6,640 is the higher cost but lower stress option.
Regular airport taxis
You can also take a regular Japanese taxi from Narita Airport to Shinjuku, but this can be very expensive, so we don’t generally recommend it. The Narita airport taxis are parked outside the arrival terminals and run on a metered fare basis. You can probably expect to pay at least ¥20,000 for a NRT-Shinjuku trip, but it’s a good idea to ask for a fare estimate before getting into a taxi. It’s also best to take English fluency as a bonus, rather than expect it from the driver.
Alternative: Bus from NRT to Shinjuku
You can get an airport limousine bus from Narita to Shinjuku for roughly the same price as a one-way N’EX train ticket, but we find the train to be more comfortable.
However, the airport limousine buses are really convenient if you’re staying at one of the popular hotels in Shinjuku, such as the Shinjuku Washington Hotel, Keio Plaza Hotel, or Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. The limo bus will drop you off right at the door in about 90 minutes. It also runs to Shinjuku Station.
Heading elsewhere or looking for more details on this route, including other airport bus transfer options? 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. And if you’re planning on going to the infamous Robot Restaurant, you might be interested in how to get discounted tickets.
Heading from Shinjuku to Narita Airport? Simply flip the routes—your options are virtually identical.
While we do our utmost to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in December, 2016. Last updated April, 2020.