Sunday, January 5, 2020

Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Tickets

The fastest and most convenient way to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo—that's if you're staying near Nippori Station or Ueno Station—is via Keisei Skyliner. The Skyliner only stops at Nippori and Ueno stations and the travel time is a little over 40 minutes. A one way ticket costs 2,520 yen.

Tickets (one way, roundtrip, and/or with Tokyo Subway ticket) can be purchased online at a discount on the Keisei Website. But, wait, there's more...more discount on Klook! (No, this is not a sponsored post.)

Photo above shows just the 24-hour Tokyo Subway Ticket and the envelope the ticket and voucher for the return Skyliner ticket comes in. I forgot to take a photo of the voucher for the return Skyliner ticket.

I bought the roundtrip ticket with 1-day Tokyo Subway Ticket (for use on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines) for 4,650 yen from Klook. Buying it on the Keisei website would have cost 4,780 yen; buying it individually from the machine at the station would have cost 5,040 yen for two Skyliner tickets (you cannot purchase a roundtrip ticket from the machine) plus 800 yen for the 24-hour Tokyo Subway Ticket.

The voucher from Klook has to be exchanged into tickets. I just showed my voucher and passport at the Keisei and Skyliner Information Center (open daily from 7am to 9pm) at Narita Airport and I was given the Skyliner ticket going to Ueno (my choice of time and station where to get off along the Skyliner route: Nippori Station or Ueno Station), the 24-hour Tokyo Subway ticket (activated on the day of use), and a voucher for the Skyliner back to Narita (to be exchanged for the actual ticket on the day of use).

Skyliner ticket from Nippori Station to Narita Airport Terminal 2

The Klook page did say the voucher for the return Skyliner ticket (Ueno or Nippori Station to Narita Airport) can only be exchanged on the day of use. Since my flight back to Cebu departs early in the morning, I planned to take the first Skyliner. To ensure I won't waste time looking for the ticket exchange counter in Nippori Station, I made a visit to the station a few days ahead (I was staying near the station). Turns out the ticket exchange counter is inside and I needed to pass through the ticket gate. I just asked permission from the station staff and he let me through so I could check where the ticket exchange counter is. The person manning the counter actually allowed me to have my ticket exchanged in advance!

And the Tokyo Subway Ticket? I planned to go to Shinjuku, Ueno Park, Seaside Top Observatory, and Tokyo Station—places that I could go to using the Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway lines—all in one day. I used the 24-hour Tokyo Subway Ticket for five rides, the fares totalling to 1180 yen. Ah, this pass was very convenient and economical!

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