Narita Express trains serve various stations in the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area. Trains are formed of dedicated 253 series 3- and 6-car EMU sets, with all trains passing through Tokyo Station, where services are coupled or uncoupled. Usually, a train from Ōfuna or Yokohama will be coupled with a train from Shinjuku, Ikebukuro or Ōmiya to form one train set for the remainder of the journey to Narita Airport (via the Sōbu Main Line and Narita Line). On the return journey, the reverse is true.
The majority of Narita Express services do not stop between Tokyo and Airport Terminal 2 Station. In the morning and evening rush hours, however, the Narita Express serves as a commuter express, stopping at Chiba, Yotsukaidō and Narita. The average time between Tokyo and Narita Airport is between 55 minutes and an hour.
All seats are reserved, with both Standard and Green (first class) accommodation available.
The 253 series trains are scheduled to be phased out from autumn 2009 onward following the introduction of new E259 series EMUs.
Until 1991, rail service to Narita Airport was limited to the Keisei Skyliner, which at the time used a station separated from the terminal complex. JR had initially planned to run a high-speed line, the Narita Shinkansen, to a station underneath the main airport terminal. This plan was abandoned in the 1980s, and the space originally slated for the underground station and Shinkansen tracks was used to connect both the JR Narita Line and Keisei Main Line directly to the terminal. Narita Express began service to the new station on March 19, 1991, and Skyliner switched its service to the new station at the same time.
Until March 2004, the Wing Express Limited Express service complemented the Narita Express with one return working a day between Ōmiya/Ikebukuro/Shinjuku and Narita Airport. This service was replaced by an additional Narita Express service.
In December 2005, smoking became prohibited on all Narita Express trains.
|Shinjuku / Ikebukuro / Shibuya||¥1,450|
|Ōfuna / Totsuka / Hachiōji / Takao||¥2,210|
A new fleet of trains for Narita Express linking Tokyo Central and Narita Airport entered service on October 1.(News)
Nov 01, 2009; A NEW fleet of trains for Narita Express linking Tokyo Central and Narita Airport entered service on October 1. JR East has...