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[TOKYO Narita Airport] How to get there from Tokyo early in the morning (What to do if you can't catch the first train in time? Recommended introduction)

In order to board a flight departing from Narita Airport early in the morning, many people plan to arrive at the airport one to two hours before the flight time.

However, depending on your departure location, the first train may not be able to make it in time. In this article, we will introduce early morning transportation to Narita Airport.

What are the first departure times for JR and Keisei lines?

We have summarized the first departure times (earliest arrival times at Narita Airport) of JR and Keisei Lines, which are one of the transportation methods used by many people.

JR (approx. 1 hour 25 minutes)

direction First train time arrival time
 Tokyo Station → Narita Airport Station 5:04 6:30

The first Narita Express train departs at 6:18am and arrives at Narita Airport at 7:19am.

Keisei Line (approx. 1 hour 10 minutes)

direction First train time arrival time
Keisei Ueno Station → Narita Airport Station 5:03 6:17
Shinagawa Station → Narita Airport Station 4:57 6:15

The first Keisei Skyliner departs from Keisei Ueno Station at 5:40.

The Keisei line will get you there about 15 minutes faster than the JR line.

If you are using Terminal 1, Narita Airport Station is the closest station. If you are using Terminal 2 or 3, the nearest station is Airport Terminal 2 Station, which is one station before you.

Means other than train

Let's take a look at what other options you have when you can't catch the first train in time.

transportation detail
taxi Taxis are available 24 hours a day. However, you should take into account that the fare will be higher due to the distance from Tokyo to Narita Airport.
bus Early morning buses run from Tokyo to Narita Airport. It is possible to arrive at Narita Airport slightly earlier than the first train.
stay There are many hotels around Narita Airport. If traveling early in the morning is difficult, you have the option of staying the night before and moving the next day. This is especially useful if you have a late night or early morning flight.


We recommend carpooling "nearMe."

"nearMe." is a service that allows you to travel between your home and the airport in a shared vehicle that seats 9 people. You can move door to door. This is especially useful when you have a lot of luggage and find it difficult to travel by public transportation. Another advantage is that it runs early in the morning. ( Click here for explanatory article )

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Although taxis are expensive, they are one of the most convenient means of transportation. There will be a surcharge if you use the service until 5 a.m., so it's best to consider the distance from Narita Airport to your home.

It may be difficult to catch a taxi in the early morning hours, so we recommend that you reserve a fixed-rate taxi in advance.

We recommend fixed-fare taxis, which allow you to ride at a pre-set fare. Nippon Kotsu's fare table from Tokyo is as follows.

area Regular fixed fare (5:00-22:00) Late night/early morning flat rate fare (22:00 - 5:00 the next day)
Katsushika Ward, Edogawa Ward, Sumida Ward, Koto Ward, Daiba, Minato Ward, Higashiyashio, Shinagawa Ward 19,000 yen 23,000 yen
Adachi Ward, Arakawa Ward, Taito Ward, Bunkyo Ward, Chiyoda Ward, Chuo Ward 23,000 yen 28,000 yen
Kita Ward, Toshima Ward, Shinjuku Ward, Shibuya Ward, Minato Ward (excluding Daiba), Meguro Ward, Shinagawa Ward (excluding Higashi Yashio), Ota Ward 25,000 yen 30,000 yen
Itabashi Ward, Nerima Ward, Nakano Ward, Suginami Ward, Setagaya Ward, Musashino City, Mitaka City 27,000 yen 33,000 yen

Prices may vary, so please check with your taxi company for details.

We also recommend the shared taxi service ``nearMe.''. Since it is a shared ride, it is not only cheaper than a taxi, but also has the advantage of being able to take you from the airport to your home.

[nearMe.Airport] You can get a ¥1,000 discount coupon .

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Early morning bus (Airport Bus Tokyo/Narita)

The most cost-effective means of transportation is the early morning bus.

For Airport Bus Tokyo/Narita, the last bus is as follows.

Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit Departs at 5:00
Narita airport Terminal 3 6:02
Terminal 2 6:05
Terminal 1 6:10

Compared to the train, you will arrive about 15 minutes earlier.

Please check the official website for details as times may change or there may be cancellations .

Stay at a hotel near the airport

I think it takes a lot of physical strength to wake up early and arrive at the airport early in the morning, just like many other people. Staying at a hotel near Narita Airport is also a useful option to avoid unnecessary fatigue before your flight.

You will also no longer have to worry about bus or train cancellations, delays, or getting stuck in traffic jams.

nine hours Narita Airport (less than 10,000 yen per person)

Nine Hours Narita Airport is a capsule hotel located inside Narita Airport Terminal 2. Shower rooms and toilets are shared. Amenities such as bath towels, toothbrushes, and nightwear are provided upon check-in. There are personal lockers that can accommodate up to two large pieces of luggage. Other luggage can be left at the luggage storage area at the airport.

By using Priority Pass, you can use this capsule hotel at a discount of 3,400 yen per night.

TOKYO Narita Airport “Nine Hours” (capsule hotel) Priority Pass usage review


Narita Tobu Hotel Airport (around 10,000 yen per person)

Narita Tobu Hotel Airport is located approximately 5 minutes by hotel free shuttle bus to Narita Airport Terminal 2. The first free shuttle bus runs from 5:00.

An early morning shuttle bus is also available for customers using early morning LCC flights. There are various types of guest rooms, including deluxe twins, and the beds are wide and comfortable. Facilities include a fitness sauna, indoor pool, free shuttle service, and room service. Check-in is possible between 14:00 and 25:00. There is also a restaurant and bar on site.

Features/equipment detail
position Approximately 5 minutes to Narita Airport Terminal 2
traffic Hotel free shuttle bus, early morning shuttle bus
Guest room Various types including deluxe twin
fitness sauna can be
indoor pool can be
Transfer free
room service can be
Check-in time 14:00~25:00
Restaurant/Bar Adjacent

Hotel Nikko Narita (around 10,000 yen per person)

This hotel is located approximately 10 minutes by shuttle bus from Narita International Airport, and is an international hotel that combines airport hotel and resort functions. A convenience store is also available within a 5-minute walk. There are also beauty salon facilities and an outdoor pool.

A shuttle bus runs from the hotel to Narita Airport. The first shuttle bus departs at 4:30.

Features/equipment detail
position 500 Torika, Narita City, Chiba Prefecture
traffic Hotel free shuttle bus
Guest room Room 685
room service can be
Check-in time 15:00~24:00

Stay at the airport until the first flight

There are many chairs inside the terminal where you can lie down, so if you don't mind staying in a place like this until the morning, this is an option for you.

Terminal Available time
Terminal 1 (ANA etc.) Domestic floor 5:00~
Central exit C1 is available 24 hours a day
Terminal 2 (JAL, etc.) Domestic floor floor 3:30~
Central exit available 24 hours a day
Terminal 3 (LCC, etc.) Available 24 hours

Always keep your belongings close to you to avoid problems such as theft. Free Wi-Fi is provided at the airport, so you don't have to worry about data communication.

in conclusion

If you are taking an early morning flight to Narita Airport, we recommend that you prepare your transportation in advance. Ticket prices tend to be cheaper for early morning flights, but depending on the means of transportation, transportation costs can be high. You could end up wasting your savings.

If you're willing to spend more than 30,000 yen on a taxi, it doesn't seem like a bad idea to stay at a hotel and go home in the morning. Each option will vary depending on the distance to your home, so decide in advance which option is best for you.

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