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New Railway, “Narita Sky Access,” Opening July 17 - Connecting Airport and Downtown in as Little as 36 Min.

New Railway, “Narita Sky Access,” Opening July 17 - Connecting Airport and Downtown in as Little as 36 Min.

The newly-desigbed Narita Sky Access trains (left). Photo: Keisei ELectric railway Co.

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On February 19, Sumida Ward, Tokyo-based Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. announced it will open its new ground transport service, the Narita Sky Access Line, on July 17, connecting Narita Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture with downtown Tokyo.

Newly designed trains will travel along the route of the new line at speeds of 160 kph, the fastest in Japan on conventional (non-Shinkansen) tracks. It will connect the airport’s Terminal 2 and Nippori, Taito Ward in as little as 36 minutes, 15 minutes faster than the Skyliner that now travels via the Keisei Main Line.

The company stated that by greatly reducing the travel time to and from downtown Tokyo, the railway “will provide airport access that also compares favorably internationally.”

Fare between Narita Airport and Keisei Ueno will be 2,400 yen on the New Skyliner and 1,200 yen for riding regular trains (approval pending).

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