Airport Narita Rapid Train
The Airport Narita (not to be confused with the Narita Express, NE'X) is a rapid train providing access between Narita Airport and south-western greater Tokyo.
Japan Train Travel: Airport Narita Rapid Train
Airport Narita Rapid Train 快速・成田空港行き
The Airport Narita is a rapid (i.e., express) train service in greater Tokyo provided by Japan Rail East for easy access between the south-western part of the greater Tokyo area and Narita Airport in neighboring Chiba Prefecture without having to change trains.
The Airport Narita goes all the way to the Yokosuka Line as well, although with less frequency to stations towards the southern end of the Yokosuka Line.
The name "Airport Narita" is given only to trains going to Narita Airport; however, there are express (kaisoku) trains going the opposite direction, on the same Narita Line from Narita Airport, that serve the same stations the Airport Narita does, so are virtually the same service. For example, from Narita Airport there are 7 express trains daily that terminate at Zushi, 3 on weekdays (4 on weekends) that terminate at Yokosuka, and 8 on weekdays (9 on weekends) that terminate at Kurihama, the end of the Yokosuka Line.
Most Airport Narita trains are 15-car trains, two cars of which are double-decker Green Cars with more comfortable, reserved, seating.
Airport Narita Rapid Train © まさぴー
Airport Narita History
The Airport Narita service has been operating since 1991.
Airport Narita Stations
Yokosuka Line Stations Served by the Airport Narita
On the Yokosuka Line stretch, the Airport Narita service stops at every station. However, the stations south of Zushi have markedly fewer Airport Narita trains departing from them. For example, from Zushi station there are twenty Airport Narita departures daily, but from the three stations further south: Higashi-zushi, Taura and Yokosuka, only 11 daily on weekdays, and 14 daily on weekends; and from the two stations at the end of the Yokosuka Line: Kinugasa and Kurihama, 10 daily on weekdays, and 12 daily on weekends.
Sobu Rapid Line Stations Served by the Airport Narita
From Tokyo Station eastward, the Airport Narita train stops at the following 17 stations:
- Shin-nihonbashi Station 新日本橋駅
- Bakurocho Station 馬喰町駅
- Kinshicho Station 錦糸町駅
- Shin-koiwa Station 新小岩駅
- Ichikawa Station 市川駅
- Funabashi Station 船橋駅
- Tsudanuma Station 津田沼駅
- Inage Station 稲毛駅
- Chiba Station 千葉駅
- Tsuga Station 都賀駅
- Yotsukaido Station 四街道駅
- Monoi Station 物井駅
- Sakura Station 佐倉駅
- Shisui Station 酒々井駅
- Narita Station 成田駅
- Narita Airport Terminal 2･3 Station 空港第2ビル駅
- Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station 成田空港駅
Airport Narita Rapid Train Green Car
Airport Narita Express From Tokyo Station
Be aware that changing to or from the Airport Narita at Tokyo Station needs more time than usual - about 15 minutes - because the Airport Narita platform is on the lowest underground floor of Tokyo Station, signposted as the "Yokosuka-Sobu Line." The platform is not only deep underground but quite a distance from the main part of Tokyo Station.
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