narita to ueno
Ueno is famous for its park and zoo (think pandas). | Photo by Rog01 used under CC

Ueno is a major hub that’s chock full of museums, green spots and temples. It’s in this district that you’ll find the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Western Art, among other educational attractions, and Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo are two other popular features of the area. To get from Narita to Ueno, we recommend the following options.

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Pro tip: If you’re traveling with large bags, you can port them from the airport to your accommodation for an easier transfer. Cheapo readers get an extra bag for free.

The best ways to get from Narita to Ueno

Fastest (and easiest)

By far the quickest and simplest option is to board the Keisei Skyliner train from Narita Airport (at either of the terminal stations). This will take you right to Keisei Ueno Station, a 5-10 minute walk from JR Ueno Station, in under 45 minutes for a fee of ¥2,470 yen one way. You can buy Keisei Skyliner tickets online in advance.

Cheapest way of getting from Narita to Ueno

If you have time and you’d like to save some yens, you can take the Keisei Main Line train instead. The Limited Express trains (departing from Track 2 and 3 at Narita Airport stations) will get you to Keisei Ueno Station in 80-90 minutes. To avoid a transfer at Nippori Station, make sure the train you board terminates at Keisei-Ueno. You’re looking at a total travel cost of just ¥1,030

Pro tip: Read our guide to taking the Keisei Line from Narita Airport.

Easiest with luggage

If you’ve got heavy baggage and you don’t want to haul it through Ueno Station, a shared shuttle transfer from the airport straight to your accommodation, like this shared taxi service for about ¥6,180, is the higher cost but lowest stress option. Note: Ueno is in Taito-ku, the area you’ll see listed under drop-off points.

Going somewhere else or want more details on the various routes from Narita to Tokyo? Check out our handy airport transfer guide. You might also want to see a list of free things to do in Ueno.

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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