Written by Caitlin(GREATERTOKYO_Explorer)
From Narita Airport To Tokyo FAST: Keisei Skyliner Discount Tickets
The Keisei Skyliner is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport. For visitors to Japan, the Keisei Electric Railway company has great money-saving Skyliner deals and services.
The Keisei Skyliner, at 160 km per hour, is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport. You can get to Tokyo in as little as 36 minutes! For tourists using the Skyliner, the Keisei Electric Railway company has awesome money-saving campaigns.
In this guide, I will walk you through the basics of how to buy tickets, the discounts that await, and how to get to and board the Skyliner once you arrive at the airport.
How to Purchase Tickets for the Skyliner
For the Keisei Skyliner, it is important to remember to purchase before arriving in Japan. This is how to get the best deals.
Discount prices are available through one of three ways: purchasing tickets online, purchasing through a designated travel agency, or purchasing aboard your flight (*available only on LCC flights).
Among these methods, online purchases are especially quick and easy. Access the Keisei ticket site here (English) and fill out your information (name, date of birth, credit card information, etc.). You will be sent an ID number by e-mail. Once you arrive at the train station within Narita Airport, show this ID number and your passport, and you will be handed your Skyliner ticket.
Otherwise, ask your travel agent or your flight attendant to make arrangements for you. Once purchased, you will receive a voucher, which, in the same way, will be exchanged at the train station of Narita Airport after you arrive for a train ticket.
Now let’s talk about some of these deals!
What to Purchase - Skyliner Discounts and Special Services
There are fantastic Skyliner deals and services Keisei Electric Railway are offering, making the Skyliner even more affordable and convenient.
As a base discount, if you purchase as mentioned above, you can save up to 640 yen per regular round-trip Skyliner ticket to and from Ueno in Tokyo (ticket prices for children differ).
On top of this, there are a few further deals that come highly recommended!
Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket
This exciting offer gets you an all-you-can-ride free pass for the Tokyo Subway lines along with your Skyliner ticket! Depending on your needs, a one-day, two-day, or three-day subway pass is available. You can save up to 2,240 yen, and eliminate worries about transport costs while exploring Tokyo.
Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket Prices
One-way: 24-hour Ticket 2,800 yen (1,400 yen), 48-hour Ticket 3,200 yen (1,600 yen), 72-hour Ticket 3,500 yen (1,750 yen)
Round Trip: 24-hour Ticket 4,700 yen (2,350 yen), 48-hour Ticket 5,100 yen (2,550 yen), 72-hour Ticket 5,400 yen (2,700 yen)
*The prices in brackets apply to children.
Keisei Skyliner and Teito Taxi
This deal guarantees ease of mind. As well as your round-trip Skyliner ticket, a taxi will also be arranged to take you from Keisei Ueno Station to your hotel. The taxi driver, with Teito Taxi, will wait for you at a designated spot outside the Keisei Ueno Station Gate. If you worry about getting lost, or appreciate hassle-free transport, this is great.
Keisei Skyliner and Teito Taxi Ticket Prices
Zone A: 1 Adult 5,000 yen (3600 yen/person in the case of 2 adults, 3200 yen/person in the case of 3 adults) (* Zone A: Hotels in Tokyo's Chiyoda, Chuo, Bunkyo, Toshima, Sumida and Koto wards)
Zone B: 1 Adult 6,500 yen (4350 yen/person in the case of 2 adults, 3600 yen/person in the case of 3 adults) (* Zone B: Hotels in Tokyo's Shinjuku, Meguro, Shibuya, Minato and Shinagawa wards)
Hand-Free Travel with Skyliner
This service eliminates luggage burdens. Instead of hauling suitcases in and out of trains and taxis, you can check your luggage with Keisei Railway at Narita Airport and they will deliver it to you at your hotel. If you check by 11 AM, they deliver same day! (* From October 1st, this service is available only for the 23 wards of Tokyo.)
Hand-Free Travel with Skyliner Ticket Prices
For luggage check-in before 11 AM: 4,210 yen
For luggage check-in between 11 AM and 3 PM: 4,510 yen
For more information about these services and more, please check the Keisei Electric Railway website (English)
Where to Exchange Vouchers and Purchase Tickets at Narita Airport
At Narita Airport, you can go either to the Skyliner & Keisei Center or to the Keisei Ticket and Liner Counter to exchange your vouchers and purchase on-site tickets. To visitors to Japan, we highly recommended using the services of the Skyliner & Keisei Information Center, open from 7 AM to 9 PM, directly across from the station gate. (* Outside these hours, please go directly to the Keisei Ticket and Liner Counter.)
At the Skyliner & Keisei Information Center, there is a counter to exchange money, to provide travel information, to buy convenient transportation tickets, and most importantly, to exchange your voucher for a Keisei Skyliner Ticket and Tokyo Subway Pass.
At the Skyliner & Keisei Information Center, you will find staff who speak English, Chinese, Thai, and Korean, who will serve you politely.
Directions: Airport to Narita Airport Station and the Skyliner & Keisei Information Center
Here’s how to get to the Skyliner platform after arriving at Narita Airport.
From Terminal 2, once you exit baggage claim, you will come out of the gate into the main airport service area. Before you, there will be many different counters, including the "Train Tickets" counter. Although you can check train times here, please don't stop here. To exchange your pre-purchased voucher please go to the Keisei Information Center on the B1 floor! That is where you will get the assistance you need.
Look up at the signs, and follow the arrows to the "Train". When you come to an escalator, go all the way down to B1.
You are now at Narita Airport Station, where you should see timetables and ticket counters.
To the right will be a bright blue Keisei Liner Counter. Directly across from this, marked by a sign, is your destination: the Skyliner & Keisei Information Center.
(Terminal 1 also has a Narita Airport Station in B1. Please follow signs, similar in Terminal 2 instructions, and proceed to the Skyliner & Keisei Information Center.)
Should your plane arrive at Terminal 3, please follow the track below your feet (red) to Terminal 2. It is a short walk of about 630 meters, or you can take a free shuttle bus that comes every 3 to 7 minutes. The ride with the shuttle bus itself takes approximately 5 minutes. (*If you have a lot of luggage, we recommend taking the shuttle bus.)
Boarding the Skyliner, the Train and Benefits
Once you have your Skyliner Ticket, it is time to board. Enter through the Keisei Line gate (marked in blue), and follow the signs to platform 1.
Everything is highlighted in orange so you won’t get confused.
Place your Skyliner ticket in the gate, and walk through. Please make sure you don't insert the Tokyo Subway Pass into the ticket gate at this stage.
Be sure to take your pass with you when it comes out the other side.
Once you are on the platform, search the ground for your car number. This will be written on your pass, beside your seat number. The platform may be crowded with travelers and their suitcases, so watch your step.
The train will arrive precisely on time, so please be lined-up and ready.
When you step into your car, you will notice luggage racks. If you have large suitcases, please store them here while you ride. The seats are wide (47 cm) enough for you to place the small luggage at your feet under the seat.
On the wall above the rows of seats will be seat numbers and letters, so look for yours carefully, take a seat, and relax.
The Keisei Skyliner is wonderfully convenient, and one of my favorite ways to get to and from Narita Airport. To Keisei Ueno Station, it takes as little as 41 minutes, and to Nippori Station, where you can change to a train on the JR Yamanote Line, it takes only 36 minutes.
There is free Wi-Fi (KEISEI FREE Wi-Fi、Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi、TRAVEL JAPAN Wi-Fi) on the train, and chargers for you to power your electronic devices. There are also barrier free-bathrooms and vending machines between the cars.
Arriving at Ueno Station
In no time at all, you’re at Keisei Ueno Station! Exit the gate (insert your ticket for the last time into the ticket gate), and follow the signs.
Note the Skyliner Ticket Sales Counter to your left once you exit the gate, as this is where you should check in for your return ticket on or until your return day to Narita.
The subway lines are marked in gold, silver, and purple (Tokyo Metro's Ginza and Hibiya lines, and the Toei Subway Oedo line respectively). The Teito Taxi driver will be waiting before the Skyliner sign on the wall of the ticket counter four near the ticket gate. There are ATMs, lockers, and a Tokyo Tourist Information Center as well.
Feel free to explore Ueno, it’s wonderful museums and parks, while you have a chance! For more on Ueno, please see our guide here: Ueno Park Guide: Ueno Zoo, Museums, Temples and Other Highlights!
From Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo by Skyliner
Narita Airport → Ueno Station: 41 minutes
Keisei Skyliner Ticket (Narita Airport → Ueno Station): One-Way 2,200 yen (Adults), 1,100 yen (Children); Round Trip 4,300 yen (Adults), 2,150 yen (Children) *These prices apply for Skyliner e-tickets, Skyliner Coupons, and Skyliner Value Tickets reserved online before arrival in Japan.
* The regular Skyliner fare for on-day tickets from Narita Airport to Keisei Ueno is 2,470 yen.
Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket:
One-way: 24-hour Ticket 2,800 yen, 48-hour Ticket 3,200 yen, 72-hour Ticket 3,500 yen
Round Trip: 24-hour Ticket 4,700 yen, 48-hour Ticket 5,100 yen, 72-hour Ticket 5,400 yen
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