How to Get to Ueno from Nartita Airport
Train, taxi or bus: Which is the best way to go to Ueno from Narita Airport?
Popular for its zoo and park, Ueno is one of the most selected neighborhoods by tourists to stay in Tokyo. It has many hotels, restaurants and stores, is well connected to Narita airport and is a quieter area than other neighborhoods such as Shinjuku or Shibuya.
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 Ueno 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 Ueno and vice versa!
Are you staying in a different neighborhood? This articles may help you:
If your area is not in the above list, check out this article with general information about how to get from Narita Airport to different parts of Tokyo city! How to Travel Between Narita Airport and Tokyo
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Getting from Narita to Ueno 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).
|from 22,700 yen
|from 27,000 yen
|Up to 6
|Up to 4
|Grab a taxi there
Best Value for Money: Keisei Skyliner
If you are staying in Ueno or near by the Skyliner, the express train from Keisei company, is no doubt your best option time/price/quality. For 2,570 yen (1,150 for children) you can be in Ueno in only 41 minutes.
You can think that it’s a bit pricey but is still cheaper than most part of the other options, and besides the speed one of the reasons why it worth paying the price is because there is a specific space in each carriage to leave your suitcases and free Wifi is also available. So you can relax in a comfortable seat and enjoy the ride without worrying about your suitcase moving or disturbing other passengers.
Where to buy and where to take the Train in Narita Airport?
The Keisei Line counters for the are located on B1 of Narita Airport, as well as access to the tracks. You can find more information in this article: How to Travel Between Narita Airport and Tokyo
Travel Comfortably: Private Transfer
The express train is really a very convenient option, but as the only negative point you have to get by yourself from the station to the hotel, which involves several problems. First you have to know how to get to the hotel, and then you have to carry your luggage there via stairs, etc.
For those who travel with too much luggage (especially if with children), or those who prefer to pay more but have more comfort taxi or private transfer are the best way to get from Narita Airport to Ueno. In most airports around the world simply taking a taxi at the airport is one of the easiest ways. But be careful, since in Japan taxi services are more expensive than in most part of the countries. Narita airport is over one hour away from the center of Tokyo and a regular taxi can cost around 25,000-30,000 yen that can increase if there is a traffic jam or anything that can make the journey take more time than the usual. Additionally, you need to add the tolls fee (which is quite high).
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Directly to the Hotel: Airport Limousine Bus
For those who prefer to arrive directly from the airport to the hotel door but the taxi option is out of their budget, Airport Limousine Bus is a popular option for many people. This special bus stops at most major hotels in Tokyo from Narita airport and it costs 3,100 yen for adults or 1,550 yen for children, so it’s more economical than a taxi and still convenient.
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.
Money Saving: Keisei Main Line
In addition to the Skyliner the Keisei Railway company have a regular train that connects Narita Airport with Ueno Station for 1,050 yen more than half the cost of the express train. However, the regular Keisei line train have many stops along the way so takes 80 minutes to arrive and without any 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 disturb other passengers.
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So with all these options, which is the best option to move between Narita Airport and Ueno? Let’s check this small comparative chart with the pros and cons of all the options!
If having to walk with your luggage isn’t a problem for you, I highly recommend the Skyliner. If you prefer to arrive directly at the hotel’s door then private transfer or limousine bus, depending on your budget. The local train is only recommended if you really want to save money.
If you are if you are wondering how to get around Tokyo once you get there, this article may help you ▶︎The Ultimate Guide for Transportation in Tokyo
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