Narita Airport (NRT) – a Complete Guide to Tokyo’s Main Airport

Full guide to Narita Airport (NRT). Airline, terminal, access, facilities, shopping, restaurants and hotel info - all right here.

Narita Airport is Tokyo’s main airport and most travelers’ first stop in Japan. It is a large international airport which connects Tokyo to every region of the globe. 

Read on for vital information on Narita’s three terminals, the airlines it serves, access to and from Tokyo, facilities, shopping, dining and hotels. Everything you need to know for a hassle free experience.  

Narita Airport Overview

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Tokyo has two airports, Narita International Airport (NRT) – serving both international and domestic flights – and Haneda Airport (HND) which principally hosts domestic air traffic. Narita Airport is located in the city of Narita in Chiba Prefecture, about 35 miles (60 kilometers) from Central Tokyo. It consists of three terminals, each linked by shuttle buses and pedestrian walkways. 

 

Narita Airport Terminal 1

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Terminal 1 serves both international and domestic flights and includes its own train station on the basement level. The train station directly connects the terminal with central Tokyo and its suburbs. 

Airlines flying from Narita Airport Terminal 1:

 

American AirlinesEuropean AirlinesAsian AirlinesOceania AirlinesAfrican Airlines
Aeromexico
HawaiianAirlines
Delta Air Lines
United Airlines
EVA Air
Air Canada
Air France
Aeroflot Russian
Yakutia
LOT Polish
Aurora Airlines
KLM Airlines
Lufthansa
Alitalia
AirBerlin
Turkish Airlines
Swiss Air Scandinavian Airlines
Uzbekistan Airways
Korean Air Vietnam Airlines
Sichuan Airlines
NIKI HG
IBEX Airlines
Air Japan
Xiamen Airlines
Jin Air
Garuda Indonesia
China Southern Airlines
AIR BUSAN Singapore Airlines
Thai Airways International
All Nippon Airways
Etihad Airways
Air China
Shenzhen Airlines
Asiana Airlines
Mongolian Airlines
Shandong Airlines
Peach
Air New Zealand
Virgin Australia
Jet Airways
Aircalin
Ethiopian Airlines
EGYPTAIR
South African Airways

 

Narita Airport Terminal 2

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Similarly, terminal 2 serves both international and domestic flights and is connected by rail to the greater Tokyo area. A free shuttle service to terminal 1 is available.

Airlines flying from Narita Airport Terminal 2: 

 

American AirlinesEuropean AirlinesAsian AirlinesOceania AirlinesAfrican Airlines
American Airlines
LAN Airlines
British Airways
Finnair
Firefly
EASTAR J
Hainan Airlines
TransAsia Airways
Cathay Pacific
CEBU PACIFIC
T'way
AirChina
Thai AirAsia
Tigerair Taiwan
China Eastern
Emirates
Air India
SriLankan Airlines
Asia Atlantic
Pakistan Airlines
HK Express
Philippine Airlines
Qatar Airways
Hong Kong Airlines
NokScoot X
AIR MACAU
Japan Airlines
MEGA Maldives Bangkok Airways
Malaysia Airlines
Air Niugini
Air Tahiti Nui

Qantas Airways

 

Narita Airport Terminal 3

Terminal 3 consists of a a small terminal building which serves domestic flights and low-budget airlines. It is connected to terminal 2 by a pedestrian walkway (5 minutes).  

Airlines flying from terminal 3:

 

Asian AirlinesOceania Airlines
Jeju Air
Jetstar Japan
Spring Japan
Vanilla Air
Jetstar Airways

 

Access Information 

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Photo Credit: Brionies [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikipedia

Though some distance from the city, Narita is well-connected to central Tokyo and its greater metropolitan area by train and bus. Whichever option you choose should be decided by your particular needs and budget. Take a look at the options: 

Train

JR Narita Express (N’EX)

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Narita Express or N’EX is a JR (Japan Rail) Line train service and one of the fastest ways to get to or from the airport and Tokyo. The price varies but is generally more expensive than the other options but is arguably worth it for the convenience proferred. Narita Express trains serve many of the city’s main train stations including Tokyo, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Yokohama and Shinagawa. 

Tickets: At the airport visit the JR desk in the 'B1' area not far from the arrivals lounge (follow the signs if unsure.) Tickets to the airport from the city can be purchased at all major train stations at either a ticket counter or automated ticket machine. 

Price: 2940 - 5670 yen (dependent on destination and seat type)

Frequency: Every 30 to 60 minutes (check timetable)

Duration: To Tokyo Station: 60 minutes, Shinjuku Station: 80 minutes, Ikebukuro/Yokohama stations: 90 minutes

Official Site: For up-to-date timetables and ticket details visit the official website.

 

Keisei Skyliner

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The Keisei Skyliner is another quick way of reaching the city. Trains service Nippori Station from which the wider city can easily be reached. Conveniently, Skyliner tickets can be booked in advance for a discounted price from the official site

Tickets: Online, from the Keisei counters in terminals 1 and 2 or Nippori Station.

Price: 2,470 yen or 2,200 yen if booked in advance. 

Frequency: Every 20 - 40 minutes.

Duration: 40 minutes to Nippori Station (Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line).

Official Site: For up-to-date timetables and ticket details visit the official website

 

Keisei Limited Express

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The slowest but cheapest way of reaching Narita Airport, the Keisei Limited Express can be caught from Nippori Station and takes roughly 80 minutes. If time is on your side, this may be a good option. Be warned that this service can get busy, used as it is by airport commuters and locals alike. 

Tickets: Narita Airport 'B1' in terminals 1 and 2. 

Price: 1030 yen

Frequency: Every 20 minutes. 

Duration: roughly 80 minutes. 

Bus

The Limousine Bus

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The Limousine Bus service serves both terminals 1 and 2 and connects to all major Tokyo train stations and a number of hotels. Although convenient for those with large amounts of luggage, the journey is much longer than by train. Also, running from 7:30 to 22:00 it is unsuitable for late-night or early morning arrivals. 

Tickets: Limousine Bus desk - two on the first floor of both terminals 1 and 2. 

Price: 3000-4000 yens (varying depending on destination)

Frequency: Every 15-20 minutes

Duration: Between 2 and 3 hours depending on destination and traffic. 

Official Site: For detailed timetables and destinations head to the official website.

Narita to Haneda

Connections often require passengers to make there way from Narita Airport to Haneda Airport unassisted. If this is you, all of the above options also serve Haneda Airport. To avoid disaster, a minimum of two hours should be allowed for getting from one airport to the other. 

Narita Airport Facilities

Baggage Delivery

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Takuhaibin Yamato Photo Credit: Antonio Tajuelo via Flickr cc

Hiring the services of a baggage delivery service is commonplace in Japan. These services can deliver your bags to anywhere including hotels and apartments or back to the airport on your departure. At Narita, find service desks for the three biggest providers (Yamato Transport, Sagawa Express and JAL Airport Delivery) in the arrivals lounge. These services are each reasonably priced, quick and convenient. Check out their official websites for more info. 

 

 Airline Lounges

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Most airlines have their own lounges providing comfortable seating, eating and drinking areas and WiFi. However, these lounges are usually only available for business or first class flyers and members of airline loyalty clubs. For details on each specific lounge, check here.

 

Massage Chairs

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For just 200 yen enjoy 10 minutes on one of the airports many massage chairs. 

 

Shower Facilities and Dayrooms 

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Those wanting a shower or rest after a long-haul flight can make use of the airport’s shower and day room facilities. Showers cost 1,030 yen for 30 minutes and 520 yen for every additional 15 minutes. Shampoo, soap, towels and everything else you may require are all provided. A day room is a small room with a bed which costs 1,540 for one hour and 770 yen for each additional hour. 

Money Services

Currency Exchange

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Japan is very much a cash-based country. Consequently, Narita Airport has many currency exchange counters in each terminal. Exchange rates at the airport are generally good. Changing money here as opposed to in the city itself is advised.  

 

ATM Machines

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Seven Bank Photo Credit: Stefan Krasowski via Flickr cc

ATM machines can be found all over Narita Airport. Most are connected to Japanese banks (Mizuho bank, Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Chiba Bank, etc) and don’t accept all foreign credit and debit cards. 7-Bank ATM machines, however, do accept major foreign cards including Visa, Mastercard and Amex.

Rental Services

SIM Card and WiFi Rental

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As free WiFi isn’t as yet omnipresent throughout Japan, one of the most reliable options available to travelers is to rent a SIM card or a pocket WiFi device and reap the benefits of an internet connection anytime and anywhere. You can rent immediately after your arrival at any SIM Card/Pocket WiFi counter or vending machine on the first floors of terminals 1 and 2. 

For more information about SIM Card and Pocket WiFi rental take a look at our dedicated articles. 

 

Car Rental

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Narita Airport has five rental car services: Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Toyota and Times Car RENTAL. Check each provider for details on prices and terms and conditions. 

Hotels Near Narita Airport

For overnight transfers you may want somewhere to stay close to the airport. Take a look at some of the best options:

Rest House Narita Airport

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Five minutes from Narita Airport (bus shuttle), this is the closest hotel to any of the three terminals. The decor is dated but it’s clean, spacious and comfortable – perfect for a short stay. With soundproof walls you’re protected from the noise of planes overhead and the on-site ‘Rainbow Restaurant’ serves a decent buffet for breakfast and dinner. 

Address: 141 Furugome, Narita International Airport, Narita, Chiba
Price: 7,900-10,000 yen
Website: Rest House Narita Airport 

 

Narita View Hotel

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Fifteen minutes from the airport (via a free shuttle bus), Narita View is a nice, traditional hotel. If you’re in Japan just for a layover this may be a good way to experience the country without straying too far from the airport. Choose from Western-style or Japanese-style rooms (tatami flooring, futon bed) and treat yourself to a kaiseki (Japanese multi-course meal) dinner and breakfast. For an additional 1,000 yen, there’s even onsen facilities to soak in. 

Address: 700 Kosuge, Narita, Chiba
Price: 6,000-15,000 yen
Website: Narita View Hotel 

 

Hotel Nine Hours Narita Airport (Capsule Hotel)

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Hotel Nine Hours Narita Airport is a capsule hotel inside terminal 2 of the airport itself. Convenience is clearly the main selling point here but the novelty of staying in a capsule shouldn’t be discounted either. The hotel caters for overnight stays or short rests and has shower facilities.  

Price: 1,500 yen for the first hour, 500 yen per hour thereafter. Shower only: 1,000 yen for 1 hour (free to those also staying)
Website: Nine Hours Narita Airport 

Narita Airport Shopping and Dining

Duty Free

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Akihabara duty-free section Provided by Foursquare

Narita Airport has one of the largest duty-free shopping complexes in Japan. Find here all kinds of souvenirs, cosmetics, electronics, alcohol and tobacco. Although many shops in Japan offer tourists a tax-free option (often after spending above a set amount), buying souvenirs at the airport is for many the convenient way to buy mementos.   

For more info: Narita Airport Duty-Free

 

Convenience Stores

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Narita Airport has six convenience stores spread over terminals 1 and 2. Perfect for reasonably priced snacks and drinks.  

Restaurants

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Starbucks Coffee Narita Provided by Foursquare

Narita Airport has an array of restaurants serving an array of food types. Most are pretty reasonably priced and to a good quality. As well as the usual fast-food chains (Mcdonalds, KFC etc) and coffee shops (Starbucks, Tully’s etc.) find restaurants serving traditional Japanese fare such as ramen, okonomiyaki and teppanyaki. 

For more info: Narita Restaurant

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