Keisei Narita Airport Line

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Narita Airport Line
(Narita Sky Access Line)
AE(Ⅱ)kei naritayugawa.JPG
A Keisei AE series EMU on a Skyliner limited express service on the Keisei 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 gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed160 km/h (99 mph)

The Keisei Narita Airport Line (京成成田空港線, Keisei-Narita-Kūkō-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 (成田スカイアクセス, 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 limited express 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 limited express 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 Tōkyō Station, opening a (potentially) faster route to the airport via the Keisei Oshiage Line.

Basic data[edit]

  • 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)
Hokusō Railway
(Category 1)
Hokusō 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[edit]

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

No. Station Japanese Access
Skyliner Transfers Location
KS10 Keisei-Takasago 京成高砂 Katsushika, Tokyo
HS05 Higashi-Matsudo 東松戸
Matsudo Chiba
HS08 Shin-Kamagaya 新鎌ヶ谷
HS12 Chiba New Town Chūō 千葉ニュータウン中央 HS Hokusō Line Inzai
HS14 Imba Nihon-idai 印旛日本医大 HS Hokusō Line
KS43 Narita Yukawa 成田湯川 Narita
KS41 Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 空港第2ビル
KS42 Narita Airport Terminal 1 成田空港
  • 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 Hokusō 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 2008-08-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ 京成電鉄プレスリリース(2009年12月16日) 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 2006-09-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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