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Tokyo Airport, which is located some 40 miles to the northeast of downtown Tokyo, is one of Asia’s largest and busiest airports. More commonly referred to as Tokyo Narita International Airport, the facility is a fair distance from the capital of Japan. However, with train, bus and coach services, getting to the downtown Tokyo area from the airport is simple. Public transport is buffered by car rental in Tokyo Airport, which is recommended for travellers who wish to explore beyond the city.
Who to Book With
Tokyo Airport has a number of car rental companies for tourists to choose from. They all have offices in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Most of the offices operate between 07:00 and 21:00 every day of the week. Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Japaren, Toyota and Mazda all have a presence in both terminals.
Need to Know Essentials
Several documents need to be shown before renting at Tokyo Airport:
- An international driver’s licence
- The credit card used for booking
- A valid passport and visa
- Booking confirmation sheet
Many people overlook driving in Tokyo and Japan in general due to the extensive public transport network available. Nevertheless, self-drive is highly recommended for reaching those out-of-the-way places. Roads are clean and safe, and drivers in Japan are respectful of the road rules. Expressways are heavily tolled, meaning driving long distances can be expensive. However, motorists can off-set the costs by travelling in groups. Traffic drives on the left, as in the UK. Road signage is not always in English in rural areas.
Rail is by far the most common transport used from the airport. Two operators provide rail connections to the heart of Tokyo, JR East and Keisei Electric Railway. Airport bus service regularly travel to central Tokyo, but are much slower than railway connections. Taxis are another, albeit expensive, option. However, car rental at Tokyo Airport is one of the most comfortable transport methods.
East JR Trains operates the Narita Express and the Airport Narita services. Taking 55 minutes to reach the city, the Narita Express is the fastest train link available. It costs about £20 to reach Tokyo Station from the airport. The Airport Narita service is significantly slower, taking 1 hour, 20 minutes. However, it is only £10 per journey. Keisei Trains travels into Nippori and Ueno Station, and offer several different lines. The Skyliner is the fastest line, taking 50 minutes and costing about £18. The Limited Express is the slowest line as it takes about 1 hour, 20 minutes at only £7.
Airport taxis are available outside the Arrivals hall of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Taxis are expensive compared to other forms of transportation, but are safe, clean and reliable. The taxi services from the airport are operated by the Narita Airport Tokyo Taxi Council Members.
Tokyo Airport to Chuo Ward Tokyo is about £150
Tokyo Airport to Shinagawa Tokyo is about £160
Tokyo Airport to Tokyo Kita ward is about £180
Most of the bus services at Tokyo Airport are operated by Airport Transport Service and Keisei Buses. Tourists can travel from the airport to Tokyo Station for about £22 in around 1 hour, 15 minutes. Check out the rates for other destinations around Tokyo via Airport Transport Service. It is possible to reach the central wards of Tokyo with Keisei Buses, too. Prices are generally about £20 to £25.
Tokyo Airport has two large terminals. Passengers must use a train or bus to travel between the buildings. Terminal 1 was built in a satellite design and includes the Central Building, the North Wing and the South Wing. The North Wing is mainly used by SkyTeam carriers, while the South Wing accommodates mostly Star Alliance aircraft. Terminal 2 is divided into two concourses. Japan Airlines and other OneWorld carriers are serviced at Terminal 2.
The airport withholds four parking garages. P1 and P5 are convenient for Terminal 1 passengers, whereas P3 and P4 parking lots are located adjacent to Terminal 2. Prices vary according to the parking zone and the length of time motorists require to park. In P1 and P2 costs £2 for the first 3 hours. Between 3 hours, 30minutes and one whole day aprking, the price costs around £15. P3 and P4 are slightly cheaper than P1 and P2.
Wireless internet services are available in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Wireless connection can be made for free. Internet kiosks are present before and after security. Prices are usually less than £1 for 10 minutes.
Information desks are located on every floor of Terminal 1 and in the Main Building and Satellite Building of Terminal 2.
Tokyo Airport Information: +81 476 34 8000
Lost Items Terminal 1: +81 476 32 2105
Lost Items Terminal 2: +81 476 34 5220
Wheelchair rental is available free of charge at any of the information booths in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The airport is equipped with elevators, ramps and specially-designed toilets. Passengers should inform their airline of reduced mobility issues when making a booking.
Restaurants and Bars
Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 have an enormous selection when it comes to food and bars. Tourists can enjoy delectable cuisine in the Central Building and wing areas of Terminal 1, including at restaurants like Fujiya, Jai Thai and Kaisen Misakiko. Alcoholic beverages can be found at Café and Bar Avion. Terminal 2 boasts more than three dozen cafés and restaurants, including fast-food venues like McDonalds and local cuisine restaurants like Sanbei.
Air France Lounge
Korean Air Lounge
Delta Sky Club
Qantas Business Lounge
First and Business Class Lounge (Cathay Pacific)
Sakura Lounges (Japan Airlines)
First Class Lounges (Japan Airlines)
Money and ATMs
Plenty of ATMs are located before and after security and passport control. Banks like Citibank, UFJ, Mizuho Bank and Chiba Bank provide cash machines across both terminals. More than a dozen banks offer currency exchange services in both terminals of Tokyo Airport.
Both terminals have a massive range of shopping sites to explore. Everything from Mikimoto jewellery to Seiko watches and Fukujuen tea culture can be found. International brand names like Burberry, Cartier and Chanel are available. Japan Duty Free and Fa-So-La Duty Free have branches in both terminals.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).