Keisei Narita Airport Line
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Keisei Narita Airport Line
Narita Airport Line
(Narita Sky Access Line)
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A Keisei AE series EMU on a Skyliner limited express services on the Narita Airport Line in July 2010
TypeCommuter rail
LocaleTokyo, Chiba prefectures
Narita Airport Terminal 1
OwnerKeisei Electric Railway
Operator(s)Keisei Electric Railway
Rolling stockKeisei 3000 series, Keisei 3050 series, Keisei 3700 series, Keisei AE series, Keikyu 600 series, Keikyu N1000 series
Line length51.4 km (31.9 mi)
Track gauge
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed160 km/h (99 mph)

The Keisei Narita Airport Line (?, Keisei-Narita-K?k?-sen) is a Japanese railway line connecting Keisei-Takasago Station and Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station. The entire route from Keisei Ueno Station, including the Keisei Main Line as far as Keisei-Takasago, is branded Narita Sky Access (, Narita-sukai-akusesu).

The Keisei Electric Railway operates over the entire line, while other companies operate over certain sections of it, such as Hokuso Railway. The new line is used by Skyliner services operating at up to 160 km/h using new Keisei AE series EMUs.

Narita International Airport Corporation owns a 63.74% majority stake in Shibayama Railway as of July 2009.[1]


Trains utilize the Keisei Electric Railway's Main Line between Keisei Ueno and Keisei-Takasago. Trains run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h, thus completing the run from Nippori to Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 in a minimum of 36 minutes, 15 minutes faster than the previous Skyliner route, which took 51 minutes. The reserved-seat Keisei Skyliner fare for the route between Narita airport and either Nippori or Ueno stations is ¥2,400 and takes 36-41 min., but the Access Express commuter fast train costs ¥1,200 and takes about 78 min.[2][3] Express trains also operate to Haneda Airport from Narita Airport via Keisei-Takasago and Aoto then via the Keisei Oshiage Line to Oshiage, and on the Toei Asakusa Line via Shimbashi to Sengakuji, the Keikyu Main Line and via Shinagawa to the Keikyu Airport Line. This makes it possible to connect the two airports in a minimum of around 65 minutes, compared to the previous minimum of 106 minutes.[4] Many Express trains separate (or connect) at Aoto station and continue to the Keikyu Haneda International Airport station (¥1,630, about 76 min.) or one can transfer at Shinagawa (on the way to Haneda) to stay on the Keikyu Main Line for Yokohama (¥1,630, about 101 min.).

There are also plans to build a spur from the Toei Asakusa Line to T?ky? Station, opening a (potentially) faster route to the airport via the Keisei Oshiage Line.

Basic data

  • Total length: 51.4 km (31.9 mi)
  • Service operators and track owners:[* 1]
Station Keisei-Takasago Komuro Inba-Nihon-Idai (Tsuchiya) Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Narita Airport Terminal 1
Operating carrier Keisei Electric Railway
(Category 2)
Hokus? Railway
(Category 1)
Hokus? Railway
(Category 2)
  East Japan Railway Company (JR East)
(Category 2)
Owner Chiba New Town Railway
(Category 3)
Narita Rapid Rail Access
(Category 3)
Narita Airport Rapid Railway
(Category 3)
Tracks Existing New Section Existing
  1. ^ Descriptions of the various categories are available at Rail transport in Japan.

Station list

Trains stop at stations marked "?" and pass those marked "|".[5]

No. Station Japanese Access
Skyliner Transfers Location
KS10 Keisei-Takasago ? ? | Katsushika Tokyo
HS05 Higashi-Matsudo ? |
Matsudo Chiba
HS08 Shin-Kamagaya ? ? |
HS12 Chiba New Town Ch ? ? | HS Hokus? Line Inzai
HS14 Imba Nihon-idai ? | HS Hokus? Line
KS43 Narita Yukawa ? ? | Narita
KS41 Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 2 ? ?
KS42 Narita Airport Terminal 1 ? ? ?
  • KS Keisei Main Line
  • ? Narita Line (Airport branch) (JO37)


The Keisei Narita Airport Line in relation to existing tracks

Service on this line commenced on July 17, 2010. The line involved the refurbishment of 32.3 km of existing track on the Hokus? Line, as well as the construction of 19.1 km of new dual track to Narita Airport, partly using disused rights-of-way originally planned for the cancelled Narita Shinkansen project. The total cost, according to the Narita Rapid Rail Access website, was estimated to be ¥126 billion, or about US$1.3 billion.[6]


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ NAA Annual Report Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Keisei Skyliner fares
  3. ^ Matsutani, Minoru, "Skyliner to get quicker but pricier Narita link", Japan Times, February 12, 2010, p. 3.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ (2009?12?16?) Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Narita New Rapid Railway Development Project" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2006-08-30. Retrieved .

External links

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