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Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with 42 million residents, including the Greater Tokyo area. Such a large city has numerous places to visit, from skyscrapers and historic temples to cherry blossom gardens. Among the most popular attractions are the temples of Auka, Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace. For spectacular aerial views, visit the World Trade Center Building.
Public transportation in Greater Tokyo includes an extensive mass network system of trains (900 stations), metro (13 lines), monorails, buses and electric trams. The metro Yamanote circle serves Central Tokyo, while trains run to different destinations in the Greater Tokyo area. Each transportation mode is operated by several different companies, at different rates. However, this creates confusion for most visitors, as the maps have no additional details. Avoid using public transfer in rush hours, as the train platforms are overcrowded.
National, regional and local train services are available from the busiest stations in Tokyo, the central station, the Shinjuku station and Shinagawa station.
Besides the extensive public transportation, Tokyo taxis are also available. The Tokyo taxi service is pricey and includes a start fee and additional cost per km. A night fare surcharge applies for rides between 22:00 and 5:00.
Renting a car in Tokyo is not recommended due to the unmarked/narrow streets, expensive parking and slow moving traffic. Car rental services are available online and at the airport.
Two airports serve the city of Tokyo and the surrounding area. The most convenient transit airport for travels to Europe and North America is the main Narita Airport (NRT). Passengers travelling on domestic flights usually use the Haneda Airport (HND).
Narita International Airport (NRT), the largest airport in Japan, is around 70 km away from Tokyo. Free shuttle buses connect the three terminals.
The most convenient Narita airport transfer options are express trains (JR Narita Express, Narita Sky Access Skyliner, Keisel Electric railway) which depart from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. If you are travelling with a lot of luggage, you can take the airport shuttle bus. For travelling on a budget, the cheapest airport transfer option is Keisei bus, which terminates at Tokyo station where train connections are available.
Licensed airport taxis have green plates. Tokyo airport taxis with white or yellow plates are not licensed, so it's better to avoid them.
Haneda International Airport (HND) is the second airport that serves Greater Tokyo. The airport operates with two domestic and one international terminal. International flights are scheduled for early in the morning or late at night.
Tokyo Monorail provides the most scenic ride from Haneda Airport. Alternatively, private Keikyu line is available to reach Shinagawa and Yokohama. Limousine shuttle buses connect both airports on a frequent schedule.
If you arrive in Tokyo on an early or late flight, there are no trains, monorails nor shuttle buses available. The most convenient way to reach any of the airports or your accommodation is by Tokyo airport taxi.
Tokyo is known to have the most crowded public transportation during rush hour. To stay away from crowds, book a private Tokyo airport transfer with us. We offer fixed, all-inclusive rates including flight monitoring and meet and greet service. No matter your arrival time at the airport, the rates remain the same. The English-speaking driver will meet you at the airport and take you directly to your accommodation.