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.

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The 4 best ways for getting from Narita to Shinjuku


We’ve always found the Keisei Skyliner train to be the quickest option—you get from Narita to Shinjuku 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.


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 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.


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 to Shinjuku Station. It’s a direct 90-minute ride that costs ¥3,250 yen one way (a round trip works out cheaper at ¥4,070). 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 way of getting from Narita 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 jet lag, then a shared shuttle transfer to your hotel, like this shared taxi service for about ¥6,180 is the higher cost but lower 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. And if you’re planning on going to the Robot Restaurant, you might be interested in how to get discounted tickets.

While we do our utmost to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in December, 2016. Last updated January, 2019.

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