Narita International Airport (T2)

Tokyo, JP


Getting around the airport

Three terminals, free shuttle bus

Narita International Airport lies around 60km east of Tokyo, and is the second busiest airport in Japan (after Haneda). It has three terminals:

  • Terminal 1, with six levels, a North and a South Wing and five satellite buildings. B1F is the basement floor with a train station. 1F hosts Arrivals. 2F for immigration. 3F has passport control and duty-free shopping. 4F and 5F have restaurants and shops.
  • Terminal 2, with a main building and a satellite building. The main building has five floors: B1F is the basement floor with a train station, 2F has immigration and a walkway to the satellite building, 3F hosts international departures, passport control and duty-free shopping and 4F has shops, restaurants and an observation deck. The satellite building has two floors: Arrivals on 2F and Departures on 3F. The two buildings are connected by a walkway.
  • Terminal 3, a new building exclusively for low-cost carriers. It has a large, 24-hour food court with many dining options.

Travelling between terminals

There are free shuttle buses linking all three terminals over three routes:

  • Route 1 links Terminals 1 and 2, and Higashi Narita Station runs every 7-10 minutes from the Arrivals level
  • Route 2 links Terminals 1, 2, and 3, and Higashi Narita Station, and runs every 15 minutes
  • Route 3 links Terminals 2 and 3, and leaves every 5-8 minutes

However, you can also walk. It's a 10-15 walk along a 500m long covered corridor, landside, and may be more straightforward than finding the shuttle.

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Getting into Tokyo

Take the express train

Narita Airport is a long way from Tokyo, making taxis prohibitively expensive, and the high-speed train the quickest option. 


The Narita Express (N’EX) takes you directly to Tokyo Station, where you can change to the Yamanote line on the underground. Trains run every 15-30 minutes from 07:44-21:44 and journey time is 53 minutes. Stay in the front carriages to continue your journey to Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, and the rear carriages to go to Shinagawa. 

You can also take the Keisei Skyliner Airport Express, but only to Ueno or Nippori, from where it's likely you'll have to negotiate the underground system. Journey time is 30 minutes.

Money-saving tips:

  • Slower train: Take the JR Airport Liner stopping train. It goes the same route as the N'EX, and will take you to Tokyo Station in 80 minutes, but for a cheaper price of JPY 1,280.
  • Discount card: Foreign visitors can buy a discount ticket at the airport for further travel during their stay in Tokyo. It's a N'EX and Suica card, and costs JPY 3,500, which includes the Narita Express, plus JPY 2,000 worth of travel in Tokyo. Buy it at the JR East Travel Service Centers in the basement of both terminals.

Cost: JPY 2,940 one-way, JPY 6,040 return on the N'EX to Tokyo Station (plus JPY 3,110 to travel further into Tokyo)
Buying tickets: Kiosks in the airport railway station
Location: Terminal 1, Narita Airport Station, Level B1F; Terminal 2, Airport Terminal 2 Station (if you arrive at Terminal 3, you'll need to take a shuttle bus or walk (10-15 minutes) to the station in Terminal 2)


The fare may make your eyes water, but if you need to take a taxi, they're plentiful, reliable, comfortable and offer fixed fares. Journey time can range from one to two hours, depending on traffic.

Cost: Around JPY 22,000 to central Tokyo (plus road tolls of JPY 2,250-2,850 - no need to tip)
Location: Terminal 1, Level 1F, bus lane; Terminal 2, Level 1F, bus lane; Terminal 3, outside the main building


The Limousine Bus stops at many big hotels in Tokyo, and some visitors find it to be the most direct and affordable way into the city. Journey time is 60-100 minutes. For more, visit

Cost: JPY 3,000 one-way
Buying tickets: Ticket Counter in Level B1F
Location: Bus stops outside arrivals

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Get some rest

Nine Hours capsule hotel

Nine Hours is a minimalist accommodation with a stack of pods for rooms. The Nine Hours hotel, located under parking building 2 in Terminal 2, has overnight rates from JPY 3,900. You can also get a capsule room with showers and lockers on an hourly basis: JPY 1,500 for the first hour and JPY 500 per additional hour.

The shower rooms in Terminal 2 have closed so this is the best way to freshen up here as well.

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For business and private travellers

There are many lounges in terminals 1 and 2. As Terminal 3 is for budget travellers only there are no lounges in this terminal.

Terminal 1

IASS Executive Lounge, Central building, before security, from the 4th Floor (Departures Level), take central escalators up to the 5th Floor, the lounge is located on the right hand side of the North Wing.  Opening hours: 07:00-21:00 daily

ANA Lounge
Terminal 1, South Wing, Level 1

ANA Lounge & Suite Lounge
Terminal 1, Satellite 4, Level 3

ANA Lounge & Suite Lounge
This lounge has recently been renovated and expanded and offers made-to-order meals, massage chairs, and a well-stocked bar. Passengers report that the Wi-Fi is better here as well. 
A day pass costs JPY 5,500 and must be booked in advance using the ANA My Choice button on the Optional Services page of the website.

Terminal 1, Satellite 5, Level 3

Korean Air Lounge
Terminal 1, Central Building, Level 3

Delta Sky Club
Terminal 1, Satellite 1, Level 3

Delta Sky Club
Terminal 1, Satellite 2, Level 3

United Club & Global First Lounge
Terminal 1, Central Building, Level 3

Terminal 2

IASS Executive Lounge, main building, before security, From 3rd Floor (Departures Level), take escalator next to 'G' check-in counter to 4th Floor, turn left and proceed straight for 10 meters to the entrance. Opening hours: 07:00-21:00 daily

American Airlines Admirals Club
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Emirates Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Qantas Business Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

China Airlines Dynasty Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Japan Airlines Dynasty, Sakura & First Class Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Japan Airlines Sakura & First Class Lounge
Terminal 2, Satellite Building, Level 3

Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
Terminal 2, Domestic, Level 2 

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Late arrivals and departures

Few restaurants are open late

The airport is officially closed from 23:00 until 6:00 and restaurants close even earlier. If you’ll be travelling late don’t expect to be able to eat at the airport.

These restaurants and cafes are open later than most: FaSoLa Café and Tully’s Coffee are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors, respectively; both are open until 21:30. You’ll be able to get light meals at either, while FaSoLa offers an extensive bar menu.

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Available in terminals 1 and 2

There are three different shower locations in Narita Airport in terminal 1 and 2. They are integrated into the dayroom facilities. 

  • Terminal 1, Central Building, airside, level 3
  • Terminal 1, Central Building, landside, level 2
  • Terminal 2, Satellite Building, airside, level 3

The rate is JPY 1030 for the first 30 minutes and JPY 520 for every 15 minutes thereafter.

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Car rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

Car rentals are available in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Terminal 1

  • Nippon, ORIX and Nissan: Central Building, Level 1, Arrivals
  • Toyota and Times Car Renral: North Wing, Level 1, Arrivals

Terminal 2

  • Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Toyota and Times Car Rental: Main Building, Level 1, Arrivals
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Dedicated Wi-Fi service

Pocket Wi-Fi device for your stay

For regular and consistent access to Wi-Fi during you visit to Japan, rent a pocket Wi-Fi dongle instead of buying a SIM card or using free Wi-Fi services. PuPuRu comes highly recommended because they offer support in English and make it easy to pick up and return the device. You must reserve a pocket Wi-Fi device (about the size of a business card) least three days in advance and you can pick it up at the airport upon arrival or have it delivered to your hotel. The rental fees start at JPY 400 per day.

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Currency exchange offices close early

Exchange cash before passport control

The currency exchange offices after passport control close at 20:00 daily. If you have a late flight you must exchange your cash before clearing security. The four currency exchange counters on the 1st floor of the main building close the latest: 23:00. They open early and close late in rotating shifts so it’s a toss-up as to which will be open in the evening or early morning. The counters on the 3rd floor close at 22:00 on the same schedule.

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PASMO or Suica Card

For multiple trips on public transport

If you’ll be spending a lot of time on the underground or metro area JR trains, get a rechargeable PASMO card or a Suica card. The cards can be recharged in JPY 1,000 increments and can also be used to make purchases at vending machines in stations and participating merchant stores. The card will save time you would otherwise spend buying individual tickets for each journey – and it can be difficult to figure out how to select your destination on ticket machines!

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A glimpse of Japanese culture

Free performances and workshops

Narita airport offers regular performances, workshops, and demonstrations in the airport, which vary monthly. In the past, they’ve held koto performances, tea ceremonies, calligraphy workshops, and a Kabuki exhibit. It’s a great way to learn a bit about Japanese culture if you don’t have the time to leave the airport. The schedule can be found online.

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Public transport in Tokyo

Hyperdia app

If you’re going to be travelling on trains while in Japan, the Hyperdia app will be extremely helpful. Cabs are expensive so it’s good to have a firm handle on the public transport system. Hyperdia is a train app that accurately calculates journey time, distances, fares, and transfers for your journey. The app is free to use for the first 30 days.

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Travelling with children

T2 Kids Parks

There are two Kids Parks after Passport Control: on the second floor of the main building and the 3rd floor of the satellite building. They have playground equipment and mats for babies and pre-school aged children. Follow the sign for “Nursery” to get to them.

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Narita on a layover

Guided tour

Narita isn’t Tokyo but it is more than just an airport city. With the Narita Transit Program (and the necessary documents to enter Japan), you can experience Japanese hospitality and culture with a guided tour. You can visit a 3,000 year old temple, stroll through a park, or go shopping. The guides are volunteers who will show you around and help you get back in time to make a connection. Just find the Narita Transit Program counter in either terminal to join a tour.

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