Does your flight to Tokyo arrive at Narita Airport in the dead of night? Concerned about being stranded in the sticks until the trains and buses roll to life the next morning? Never fear — you’ve got choices (plural, even) for Narita to Tokyo late-night transfers. Here’s what they are.
Late-night transfer options from Narita Airport to Tokyo
|Train – Narita Express||9:44 p.m.||¥3,070 (to Tokyo Station)|
|Train – Keisei Skyliner||11:03 p.m.||From ¥2,300 (to Nippori Station)|
|Train – Keisei Sky Access Express||11:08 p.m.||From ¥1,270 (to Nippori Station)|
|Train – Keisei Main Line||10:34 p.m.||From ¥1,050 (to Nippori Station)|
|Tokyo Shuttle Bus||11:20 p.m.||From ¥1,000 (to Tokyo Station)|
|Limousine Bus||Varies||From ¥3,100||Last departure and cost vary depending on final destination|
While trains are one of the easiest ways of getting from Narita Airport into Tokyo during the day, they aren’t really an option late at night. The snazzy Narita Express (N’EX), which is ¥3,070 one-way, last leaves the Terminal 1 Station at 9:44 p.m. (earlier if you’re heading Tachikawa way) — depositing you at Tokyo Station just under 60 minutes later, and Shinjuku at 11:12 p.m. (which should give you enough time to transfer to a connecting train bound for your accommodation area, if it isn’t one of those).
Alternatively, you can take Keisei Line trains. The Keisei Skyliner, which takes you to central Tokyo in about 40 minutes, stops running at 11:03 p.m. You can save yourself some time by booking tickets online in advance. The Access Express, which takes you to Nippori and Ueno, or Asakusa, Shinagawa, and even Haneda Airport, last leaves at 11:08 p.m. for Ueno, and much earlier in the afternoon for Haneda — so check the timetable carefully!
The Skyliner and Access Express are dedicated airport services, but you can also take the plain old Keisei Main Line, which is cheaper (and often a lot more crowded). The final train for Ueno Station leaves at 10:34 p.m. every day — and it’s a commuter express, so expect some squashing. Read: Our full guide to taking the Keisei Line from Narita!
Note: If you’re planning on activating your Japan Rail Pass as soon as you get off the plane, you’ll need to allow extra time to do so — and bear in mind that the ticket offices (where you have to exchange your voucher for the actual pass) may close before your plane lands. You’ll need to pop into the JR East Travel Centre (Terminal 1) by 7 p.m., or the JR Midori no Madoguchi ticket office before 9:45 p.m.
There are basically two options for buses from Narita Airport: taking a cheap (¥1,000) Tokyo Shuttle bus to Tokyo Station or taking the pricier (from ¥3,100) Airport Limousine Bus to a major station (including Tokyo Station) or hotel.
The last Tokyo Shuttle leaves at 11:20 p.m. from Narita Terminal 1, reaching Tokyo Station at roughly 12:30 a.m. Unless your accommodation is near your bus drop-off point, note that you might be stuck taking a taxi or waiting for the trains to start up again (which is around 5 a.m.). Limousine Buses stop running just after 11 p.m. (with the last departure depending on the destination).
Stepping outside the airport, you’ll see lots of taxi cabs waiting to ferry folk to their destinations. Japanese taxis are generally black, green, or yellow, often called Cedric (check the trunk) and very expensive for anything other than a super-short trip. We don’t recommend taking them unless you absolutely have to — and if you do, be sure to check the price before you pull off (the driver should be able to give you a close estimate of what it will cost). You can get an idea of fares here.
A better idea is pre-booking a taxi online for about ¥20,000. If you’re staying at a hotel in central Tokyo, this is an stress fee way of getting there, and cheaper than getting in a taxi without reservation. You’ll even be greeted with one of those name boards that make people look uber important.
Other Narita to Tokyo late-night transfer options
Unless you’re willing to hire a helicopter or trek through the night to who even knows where (not recommended), your best bet is to check into one of the many hotels near Narita Airport. They provide free shuttles until roughly 11 p.m. — if you miss yours, you can just take a regular taxi the few kilometers to the hotel (it shouldn’t be too expensive). Be sure to book your room in advance (i.e. as soon as you notice the late-night arrival on your ticket).
There’s really not much else near Narita Airport, so if you had any cheapo visions of hitting up a karaoke box till dawn or perhaps chilling in a manga café, best save those plans for later on in your trip.
Getting in well before pumpkin hour or wanting more information on airport transfers? Check out our general guide to the cheapest transport options from Narita to Tokyo.
While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Last updated in July 2023 by Maria Danuco.