Keisei Train + JR Train

Tokyo Travel Guides / November 28, 2016
Keisei Train + JR Train Image credit: amnachphoto

If you choose to use the combination of Keisei Train and JR Train to get to city centre, you will have to transfer from the former to the latter at Nippori Station. This option requires one transfer, but it is still a relatively quick way to reach central Tokyo.

Directions to reach Tokyo Station using Keisei trains:

  1. Get to the Airport Station and get on board one of the three Keisei trains: (1) Skyliner, (2) Sky Access Express or (3) Limited Express
  2. Take a ride to Nippori Station
  3. Transfer to the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
  4. Get off at Tokyo Station

There are three types of service patterns on the Keisei Main Line:

  1. Keisei Skyliner is just as fast as using the JR Narita Express (see above) and makes no stops along the way to Nippori Station
  2. Keisei Sky Access Express is nearly two times less expensive than the Keisei Skyliner, but slower, as it makes stops along the way to Nippori Station
  3. Keisei Limited Express is even cheaper and slower than the Sky Access Express, and it makes even more stops along the way

However, we strongly recommend taking the Keisei Skyliner even though it’s more expensive than the other two Keisei options.

That’s because the Keisei Skyliner is (1) faster, (2) there is reserved seating, which means you’re guaranteed a seat, and (3) each car has large luggage space equipped with security cameras.

Travel time

  • 55 minutes (Skyliner)
  • 75 minutes (Sky Access Express)
  • 80 minutes (Limited Express)

plus approx. 10-minute ride on JR trains (included in all three options)

Cost

  • 2,630 yen ($23.23) by Skyliner
  • 1,490 yen ($13.16) by Sky Access Express
  • 1,190 yen ($10.51) by Limited Express

plus 160-yen JR train fare (included in all three options)

Service hours

  • around 07:00 – 22:00 daily (Skyliner)
  • around 05:00 – 22:00 daily (Sky Access Express)
  • around 05:00 – 23:00 daily (Limited Express)
  • and 04:26 – 01:18 daily (JR trains)

Service schedule

  • every 20 to 40 minutes (Skyliner)
  • every 30 to 60 minutes (Sky Access Express)
  • every 20 to 30 minutes (Limited Express)
  • every 3 minutes during rush hours and every 4-5 minutes during off-rush hours (for JR trains)
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