How to Get to Shibuya from Nartita Airport

Train, taxi or bus: Which is the best way to go to Shibuya from Narita Airport?

From Shibuya to Narita Airport

Shibuya is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Tokyo among both locals and travelers. The center of Japanese youth fashion is also a fantastic place to stay, as it has a large number of hotels, shopping complex, restaurants and entertainment options while is very well connected.

As Tokyo is a huge city, with numerous public transportation options including different train and subway lines, there is not only one way to get from Narita Airport to Shibuya but several. From direct trains or buses to cheaper options, including private transportation, in this article I would like to introduce you to the different ways to get from Narita Airport to Shibuya and vice versa!

If your hotel or accommodation is not in Shibuya, but in another part of the city, you can check out this article with general information about how to get from Narita Airport to different parts of Tokyo city!

Getting from Narita to Shibuya quick comparison

Before going into the details of each service, let’s have a quick comparison to give you an idea. Basically there are three ways to get from Narita Airport: train, taxi and bus. Within these categories, there are different options and prices.

The following chart shows three of the most important points that people usually look for when deciding that are how much it cost, how many time it takes, and how many people (for example sometimes sharing a taxi can be better than going on express train, etc).

  • Approx fare: This is the lowest cost possible for this service. In some services prices might change depending on where your destination is or the time of day you’re using this service.
  • Time: This is the lowest time possible for this service. Time might change in some services depending on where your destination is or the conditions (heavy rain, traffic jam, etc).
Skyliner N’EX Airport Taxi Regular Taxi  Limousine Bus
 Approx fare  2,300 yen 3,320 yen  from 22,700 yen from 27,000 yen 3,100 yen
Passengers 1 pax 1 pax Up to 6 Up to 4 1 pax
Time 65 minutes 75 minutes 1 hour 1 hour 90 minutes
Booking  Book here Book here  Book here Grab a taxi there Book here

Direct Way: Airport Limousine Bus & JR Narita Express

If you value convenience over price or time, the best way to get from Narita Airport to Shibuya is either by Narita Express or Airport Limousine bus.

Narita Express

Know as N’EX, the Narita Express is one of the fastest options to travel between Narita Airport and Shibuya, but not the cheapest one. It cost 3,320 yen but it goes from Narita Airport to Shibuya station directly in 75 minutes approx, so isn’t the fastest option either. However, the train have a specific space in each carriage where you can leave your suitcases and free Wifi, so you can just relax and enjoy the ride.

It’s a popular option for those who have purchased the Japan Rail Pass, as the Narita Express train is included in the pass. And for those who doesn’t have the JR Pass or they aren’t planning to use it on the first day, if you buy a round-trip ticket there is a 33% promotion so it costs 4,070 yen for adults or 2,030 yen for children.

Please note that not all the Narita Express stops in Shibuya, so make sure about that before getting into the train.

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Airport Limousine Bus

Airport Limousine Bus is one of the most popular choice among many tourists as it takes you from Narita airport to the door of your hotel. It costs 3,100 yen for adults or 1,550 yen for children, but saves you from having to carry the luggage around the city while changing trains, etc.

The downside is that although it stops at most major hotels in Tokyo, it doesn’t stop at all, so it will depend on where you are staying and that you may be delayed if there is traffic jam.

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Shibuya Crossing

Fastest Way: Keisei Skyliner

Usually the Keisei Skyliner is the fastest way to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo. It costs 2,570 yen for adults and 1,150 yen for children from 6 to 11 years old. As the Narita Express, the Skyliner have a space for the luggage and free Wifi available. However, it only stops at Nippori or Ueno Sation, so you have to transfer to the JR Yamanote line from Nippori to Shibuya Station, or the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line at Ueno Station is another option (I recommend use the Yamanote since have a more easy connection with the Skyliner).

So in this case, from Narita Airport to Shibuya Station it takes at least 65 minutes which is almost the same that with the N’EX but with a train change. If you prefer save some money but yet not take too much time, then the Skyliner it would be a good option. Otherwise, I recommend you take the N’EX.

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Most Comfortable Option: Private Transfer

Taxi or private transfer are one of the most used transportation way to get from the airport to the hotel or residence. It’s the most comfortable and easy option, specially if you are in a country that you don’t know much about and you don’t speak the local language.

It’s generally a good option when you are a large group of people, or if you aren’t worried about the budget, since it’s a bit pricey. In Japan taxi services are more expensive than in other countries, even for relatively short trips. As Narita airport is at least one hour away from the center of Tokyo, the rate of regular taxis is around 25,000-30,000 yen, or even more if there is traffic or an accident and it takes more time to arrive. In addition, to this price you need to add the cost of tolls (which is quite high when it comes to entering/exiting Narita).

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Cheapest Option: Keisei Main Line

Basically, the Keisei Main Line is the same as the Skyliner, but with a regular (not high-speed) train with many stops along the way. It’s the most economical and the one used by locals to, for example, go to work at the airport. But it also takes much longer and has no special space for suitcases, so you will have to send them from the airport or carry them with you at all times watching that they don’t move and don’t disturb other passengers.

If you want to take this option, take the Keisei Line from Narita Airport to Oshiage Station and change to the Hanzomon Line direction Shibuya. With this itinerary the cost would be around 1,250 yen and it will take about 90 minutes.

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So, the big question of most of you know probably is, which is the best way to move between Narita Airport and Shibuya? Well, as I said at the beginning, it will depend on your priorities. Here is a small comparative chart with pros and cons.

Express Train Private Transfer Bus Local Train
 Budget Friendly ★★☆ ★★☆ ★★★
 Time ★★★ ★★☆
 Comfortable ★★★ ★★★ ★★☆
 Convenient ★★☆ ★★★ ★★★
 Private Groups ★★★

Although I’m normally a big fan of the Skyliner and it’s my most used option, in the case of Shibuya the N’EX is undoubtedly the best choice in my opinion. Or the limousine bus if you don’t want to walk to the hotel with your bags. For those searching for a private transportation or for large groups without worrying about the budget, then Airport Taxi is the one. But if you prefer to prioritize economy over speed, then the local train.

In general, the best way to get around Japan is by using its train and subway lines. Here is a list of the best rail passes available for tourists in Japan and where to buy them!

For more information about the best places to visit and things to do in Shibuya, or other trips about transportation in Tokyo, these articles may interest you too!

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