Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Narita Express to Tokyo proper, Japan Railpass validation and 'Suica and NEX' information


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narita access map

==Update on 10 June 2011==
The Narita Express currently runs on a limited schedule due to power shortage caused by the 311 Eastern Japan Earthquake. Please take a look at the temporary timetable.

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Firstly, those intending to have your Japan Railpass validated, please make sure where to do so.
JR pass validation office

Introduction of Narita Express by JR East

Suica and NEX one way package for 3,500 yen in ordinary car, or 5,000 yen in green car: This combo consists of 1,500 yen ticket for Narita Express and connecting trains rides to your final destination in the greater Tokyo Area ( refer to this map (scroll down) for the designated destinations on the NEX money-saving ticket ), and a 500 yen suica card which is refundable after use and 1,500 yen suica credit that can be used on any public transportation and many shops in and around Tokyo, and can be topped up via the ticket machine etc in increments of 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen and more as you need it.

The Suica and NEX round trip package is now available for 5,500 yen in ordinary car and for 8,000 yen in green car. This is valid for two weeks. You can make a reservation for the return (airport bound) leg at any ticket counter of JR East station at any time. A round trip between Narita Airport and central Tokyo on the Narita Express can be made virtually for 3,500 yen in ordinary class.

When you travel to the greater Tokyo Area on the Narita Express, make sure to use the 'NEX money saving ticket (1,500 yen ticket) instead of the suica attached to the package.
Please be reminded that when you have the suica card deposit refunded, make sure you have no credit balance left on it, otherwise JR charges you a handling fee of 210 yen for the credit balance refund.
Direction of how to use suica

The seats on Narita Express are all reserved. You must make a seat booking before boarding.

Ticket office, or 'Midori no Madoguchi' (green counter)
The clerks at this ticket counter validate the JR pass and sell 'Suica and NEX' combo from 6:30 to 8:15, and from 19:00 to 21:45

Official JR East Travel Service Center site

JR East Travel Service Center
JR East Travel Service Center: You need to have your Japan Railpass voucher validated here from 8:15 to 19:00 hrs. The 'Suica and NEX' combo is also sold here in that time period.

Printed on the entrance doors of the Travel Service Center
Japan Rail Pass and 'Suica and NEX'

Inside the travel center

What are needed for applying for the JR Pass validation
What are needed for applying for the JR Pass validation

Queue here for JR Pass application
Queue here for JR Pass application.

According to the agent there, You may wait for between 5 minutes and 1 hour to have the pass validated depending on the number of customers. In case of congestion, they may refuse to book train seat tickets, which they are willing to do when they are not busy.

You can postdate the starting date of the Japan Railpass up to one month ahead when you activate it.
Suica and NEX purchase counter
Suica and NEX combo purchase counter

Tokyo bound Narita Express seat availability
Tokyo bound Narita Express seat availability

JR Station entrance
JR Station entrance

Tokyo bound Narita Express timetable
Narita bound timetable

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Narita Express images (Series E259)

コピー (3) ~ DSC_0099

コピー ~ DSC_0102
Ordinary class seats

コピー ~ DSC_0103
Luggage space



Mattias said...

Just want to say thanks! It helped me a lot.

gsps_lws said...

Same here! It helped a lot! Appreciate that...

Anonymous said...

how does one read the seat availability sign?

Anonymous said...

How do you read the train schedule? I do not see tokyo listed.

Erik said...

What is an "Exchange Order" and how do I go about getting one? Thanks. Your site is very helpful.