There’s no denying that Disneyland (together with Tokyo DisneySea) is a super-popular destination for visitors to Tokyo. There’s also no denying that getting from Narita to Disney, if you are planning on heading there directly after landing at the airport, can be a bit of a mission. The last limousine bus bound for Tokyo Disneyland leaves the airport at 18:10—what are you supposed to do if you arrive after that? Disneyland is in Maihama, which is Japanese for “the sticks.”
Here’s a quick guide to the most practical transport solutions from Narita to Disney. Maihama is in Chiba Prefecture, by the way. And no, it doesn’t literally mean the sticks.
Airport Limousine Buses from Narita to Tokyo Disney
There are a couple of options for airport limousine buses. They run throughout the day (roughly every 30-60 minutes), but, as we mentioned, the Tokyo Disney Resort one stops running pretty early. The schedule for these buses is the same every day—there are no changes for holidays.
Tokyo Disney Resort Bus
This is the most obvious way to get from Narita to Disney, but it’s only an option for travelers who land and clear customs before 18:10, which is the time the last bus leaves the South Wing of Terminal One. Recently discounted, adult fare will cost you ¥1,800 and child fare is ¥900 if you buy from the bus ticket counter at the airport. The journey takes about an hour and 15 minutes. You can reserve one-way tickets online, but it does cost extra.
The Disney buses usually depart from Bus Stop 5 of Terminal 1, 12 of Terminal 2, and 6 of Terminal 3. They are clearly signposted in English and Japanese, so don’t worry about getting lost.
Bus to Shin-Urayasu + Taxi to Tokyo Disney
Another option for those who miss the above bus is to take an airport limousine bus bound for Shin-Urayasu instead, as these run until 20:40. Shin-Urayasu isn’t far from Disney, so you can finish the journey by taxi without it costing a huge sum of money, or jump onto a train–Maihama Station (the gateway to Disney) is a few minutes away.
These buses cost the same and leave from the same stop numbers as the Tokyo Disney Resort Bus. Check the timetables ahead of your trip to avoid missing the bus and waiting around at the airport.
Trains to Tokyo Disney from Narita
There are two main options if you want to take the train instead of a bus. Trains from Narita to Disney run until much later, but note that you do have to make at least one transfer, and they can be a bit crowded and stressful, especially during rush hour—and especially if you have lots of bags.
Keisei Liner + JR Yamanote + JR Keiyo/Musashino
This is the cheaper option of the two. Take the Keisei Skyliner to Nippori Station—it costs ¥2,470 and takes around 40 minutes. Trains leave from Narita Airport Terminal 1 and 2/3 Stations every 40 minutes. You can buy Keisei Skyliner tickets online in advance.
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There are cheaper Keisei trains and other possible transfer points besides Nippori, but unless you’re well-traveled in Japan, we don’t recommend them when you’re trying to get to Disney. Read our full guide to taking Keisei trains.
At Nippori, transfer to the JR Yamanote Line (you’ll need to buy a JR ticket to the value of ¥160) and take it to Tokyo Station (it takes about 10 minutes). Then transfer to either the JR Keiyo or JR Musashino Line (you don’t need to exit the station, just change platforms, and you don’t need a new ticket either) and head to Maihama (15 minutes away), the closest station to Tokyo Disney. From there, it’s just under 10 minutes by foot to Disney, or you can hop onto the Disney Resort monorail to speed things up.
Narita Express (N’EX) + JR Keiyo/Musashino to Tokyo Disney Resort
The JR Narita Express costs ¥3,020 for a seat in an ordinary car and ¥4,560 for a seat in first class, known as the Green Car (look out for tourist discounts online and at the ticket counters). This snazzy express train gets you from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station in under 60 minutes. There is usually one departing every 30 minutes.
At Tokyo Station, disembark and transfer to the JR Keiyo or JR Musashino Line for Maihama. You can either pay in the fare difference ahead of time, when you purchase your N’EX ticket, or adjust before you exit the gates at Maihama Station.
Taxis from Narita to Tokyo Disney
We seldom recommend taxis, as they can be exorbitant. But if you have a big enough group (3-4 people) and some cash to spare, you might (according to anecdotal reports) be able to get to Disney for about ¥5,000–¥7,000 per person. Ask for a fare estimate to avoid any nasty surprises—but don’t worry, Japanese taxis can be trusted.
To avoid uncertainty, a better option is a shared arrival transfer, which is taxi-like, but often less expensive. This shared taxi service runs 24/7 and costs about ¥6,180 per person. They will take you from Narita right to Maihama.
Another option is to spend the night in Tokyo itself, and head to Disney the next day, or after a few days of sightseeing. If you’re going that route, check out our article on the cheapest ways of getting from Narita into Tokyo central.
While we do our best to ensure that everything is correct, information is subject to change. Originally published in October, 2016. Last updated by Kylie van Zyl in December, 2018.
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