Tokyo Shuttle: Narita Airport-Tokyo Station Low-Cost Highway Bus Serving LCC Flyers

In a partnership between Sumida Ward, Tokyo-based Keisei Bus Co., Ltd. (part of the Keisei Group) and Narita, Chiba Prefecture-based Narita Airport Transport Co., Ltd., the two companies began operating the Tokyo Shuttle low-fare highway bus service between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station on July 3.

The Tokyo Shuttle provides more convenient ground service to Narita Airport as a response to early morning and late-night domestic flights operated by low-cost carriers (LCCs). Fare varies according to purchase time and method, with one-way fare ranging from JPY 1,000 to 2,000. Adult and child tickets for a "debut price" of JPY 800 are also on sale until early September. Reservations methods include telephone, travel websites and convenience store ticket machines.

For the time being, the Tokyo Shuttle is making 15 roundtrip runs a day, taking as little as 70 minutes. The shuttle departs from Narita Airport's Terminal 2 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. and from Tokyo Station's Yaesu Gate at 1:30 a.m. and from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. More runs will be added gradually as the situation demands.

Jetstar Japan Co., Ltd. will begin operating domestic flights out of Narita Airport's Terminal 2 on July 3, as will AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd. on August 1. In addition to traveler expectations for cheap ground transport to match LCC airfares, securing public transportation to accommodate the late-night and early morning flights had also been an issue.