Heading back to Narita Airport after 6 days in Tokyo, I headed for the Keisei Skyliner as part of my Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket package from KLOOK, purchased and collected earlier in my trip. This would also allow me to try both airport rail links to Narita Airport, having tried the Narita Express already on my previous trip 4 years ago, and the journey into Tokyo on this trip with my first JR TOKYO Wide Pass.
Heading down to Keisei-Ueno Station from Ueno Station to get the Keisei Skyliner.
Keisei-Ueno Station is located on the south side from the main Ueno Station on the JR Lines.
Heading into Keisei-Ueno Station.
There are both elevators and escalators to go down to the ticket concourse.
The ticket concourse of Keisei-Ueno Station.
With the Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket package from KLOOK, redemption can only be made at the manned counters.
My ticket envelope for the Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket package from KLOOK.
My coupon in the Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket package from KLOOK to redeem for a one-way ride on the Keisei Skyliner from Keisei-Ueno or Nippori to Narita Airport.
The regular single Skyliner fare of ¥2,470 as compared with the combined fare of ¥3,465 of the Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket package from KLOOK. This essentially is a ¥505 overall discount.
Heading to the ticket counter to redeem my ticket.
The next train departure times and availability are clearly shown on the counter.
The counter staff presenting me my tickets.
My redeemed Liner ticket for the Keisei Skyliner 37 to Narita Airport.
The timetables of next departing trains from Keisei-Ueno split according to Liner and Ordinary trains.
The next Skyliner train out would be mine.
Heading to the ticket gates.
Head to the non-IC gates to use the paper Liner ticket.
Inserting my paper Liner ticket into the ticket machine.
Picking up my Liner ticket from the other end.
The fast trains depart from Platforms 1 and 2. Stop information and line travelled are also shown on the screen.
My Keisei Skyliner 37 will be departing from Platform 2.
Heading to Platform 2.
The door information for the Skyliner and Eveningliner using the Keisei AE series.
The Keisei Skyliner at Platform 2.
The end of the line at Keisei-Ueno.
Due to the barricade at the end of the platform, it was not possible to get a proper shot of the Keisei AE series.
Looking up the Skyliner platform from the end.
The destination sign of the Keisei Skyliner in both Japanese and English.
The destination sign also shows the line used despite the Skyliner not stopping at any of the stations on the Narita Sky Access Line en route.
Platform 1 was used for the Limited Express service, while Platform 2 was used for the Skyliner service.
The Keisei Main Line Limited Express departed first.
Boarding the Keisei Skyliner. Goodbye Tokyo city.
The interior of the Keisei Skyliner AE series.
Luggage racks are available by the side of the train doors.
The rear view of the interior of the Keisei Skyliner AE series.
Seats are arranged in a single-class 2+2 configuration.
The generous legroom on board the Keisei Skyliner AE series.
Power sockets are available below the seat in front of you.
The view when looking at the seat in front of me.
The map of the train featuring the various amenities on board.
The view of the train car from my seat.
The screen is large and with clear and concise information.
The stop after Nippori is Narita Airport Terminal 2·3.
The geographical route information of the Keisei Skyliner using the Narita Sky Access Line.
Information is provided in English too.
Before the train departs, Keisei thanks everyone for travelling with them.
Departing from the underground Keisei-Ueno Station.
Rising above the JR tracks heading towards Nippori.
Crossing over the JR tracks with passing Yamanote Line trains.
Approaching Nippori Station on the Keisei elevated tracks.
The platform screen doors of Nippori Station. The doors on the left opens for regular commuter trains, while the doors on the right open for Skyliner, Cityliner, and Eveningliner trains.
Departing from Nippori Station.
Splitting away from the Yamanote Line.
Goodbye Yamanote Line.
Passing under the Nippori-Toneri Liner tracks towards Nishi-Nippori and Minumadai-Shinsuikoen.
The Keisei Skyliner continues from here straight to Narita Airport.
Crossing over the Sumida River.
Overtaking the earlier Keisei Main Line Limited Express at Senjuohashi Station.
Passing over the Joban Line tracks.
Crossing over the Arakawa River out of downtown Tokyo.
The residential part of Tokyo.
Taking a curve towards Aoto.
Crossing over the Naka River.
Approaching Keisei-Takasago Station.
Passing through Keisei-Takasago Station as seen from the live feed from the cab.
Crossing over the railway crossing which I used to get on the Keisei Kanamachi Line the day before.
Passing by the Takasago Train Base.
A Toei 5500 series parked in Takasago Train Base for the Toei Asakusa Line through services.
Heading on to the Narita Sky Access Line after Takasago Train Base.
Looks like there’s lots of noise barriers on this line.
Time for a toilet break since I can’t see anything out of the window. Toilets are located in Car 5 only.
There is a wash basin area outside the toilet cubicles.
A male standing urinal toilet is available near the gangway.
The standing male toilet on board.
The regular toilet cubicle on board.
The toilet comes with a large mirror so it actually feels spacious despite its small size.
A refreshment area is located in Car 4.
There is a standing table with AED in the corner.
Instead of a refreshment trolley, drinks can be purchased from the vending machine here.
Car 5 is wheelchair-friendly with the seats closest to the door having sufficient space for wheelchairs.
The special seats with extra legroom reserved for wheelchair users.
The wheelchair space in front of the special seats.
In case the passenger-in-wheelchair doesn’t want to move to the seat, there is also a tray table and emergency call button which the passenger can use while in the wheelchair.
Heading on by the countryside.
That’s a big standalone Uniqlo along the way.
Solar panels are installed by the railway line.
Thanks, Captain Obvious.
Passing by Lake Inba-numa.
Heading onto the viaducts initially meant for the now-abandoned Narita Shinkansen.
Meeting the JR Narita Line tracks at Tsuchiya Point.
The airlines operating from Terminal 2 flashed on the Keisei Skyliner.
The airlines operating from Terminal 3 flashed on the Keisei Skyliner.
The airlines operating from Terminal 1 flashed on the Keisei Skyliner.
Heading into the first of many tunnels towards Narita Airport.
Passing by Horinouchi Signal Field on the JR Narita Line Airport Branch.
Passing by a Narita Express train heading towards Tokyo.
Heading into the last tunnel down into Narita Airport.
The lit tunnel in Narita Airport’s premises.
Before arriving at Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station, Keisei Skyliner thanks everyone for using their train service.
The various Thank You’s in different languages.
Making a brief stop at Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station.
The station sign of Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station.
The stop after Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station is Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station.
A reminder to bring along all belongings before leaving the train.
Disembarking from the Keisei Skyliner at Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station. The journey from Keisei-Ueno to Narita Airport Terminal 1 took just 44 minutes.
The station sign of Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station.
Heading up to the concourse by the escalators.
Heading out of the ticket gates.
Passengers need to pass through the former security channels before entering the terminal premises, due to the local protests at the time of airport construction – a similar reason to why the runways and taxiways in Narita Airport can be a bit awkward to avoid the conflict areas. This manned security channel has been abolished since 30 March 2015 but the walking path remains the same.
Heading to the International Departures area out of the station.
The escalator up to the International Departures area.
Escalators are available to head up to the International Departures area on the 4th Floor.
However, there is also a dedicated direct elevator which is easier and faster.
Overall, a quick and pleasant journey on the Keisei Skyliner. The journey time is also faster than the Narita Express at just 44 minutes end-to-end from Keisei-Ueno to Narita Airport Terminal 1, though it may not be as well conveniently connected to other lines at the terminal station. The Keisei Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket package from KLOOK is pretty worth it for this trip.