Top tips for renting a car at Tokyo Narita Airport
If you’re looking at car hire at Tokyo Narita Airport, then you’ll be pleased to know that finding the car hire desks at the airport is extremely simple. Once you’ve come through Arrivals after collecting your luggage, move through the Arrivals Hall on the first floor of the central building in Terminal 1 and you’ll see the car hire desks. If you arrive at Terminal 2, the car hire desks are also located in the main building on the first floor and easily sign posted. Prior to your arrival we recommend finding the best deals and booking your car hire online through KAYAK.
Tokyo Narita Airport car hire is a brilliant way to explore the iconic city of Tokyo and its picturesque surroundings. The airport is based outside of Tokyo city itself, so it can take a bit of time to get into the city’s centre, around 1h in driving time for the 45-mile distance. Narita Airport has excellent train and bus connections to the city, you can take Narita Express Train that takes 50min to get to the centre and costs around ¥3,070 (£20) for a single journey. However, though efficient, and regular, public transport in Tokyo can be complicated with the vast networks being difficult to navigate. If you want to travel around other regions, especially rural ones, then hiring a car is a good option as you have more control, more freedom and don’t need to worry about train connections and timetables.
A fine characteristic of Narita Airport is its location and huge array of connecting motorways leading to Tokyo and numerous other regions. From the airport, you can connect with major road networks such as the E65 and the E51, which leads to Tokyo going west, or in the opposite direction northeast and up the eastern coast towards the cities of Mito and Hitachinaka, which are both around 1h 40min away from the airport. To explore south of the airport, in the Chiba region, you can take the 62 and 102 highways and find places like the idyllic Kujukuri Beach, which takes just over 1h to drive. Other major roads like the 408, which you can connect to from the E51 and 295, will take you north through Narita city and onward.
When you’re looking at car hire at Tokyo Narita Airport, it’s essential that you are aware of your chosen car hire company’s policies, especially when it comes to returning your vehicle. This is important because you’ll find that each company has differing policies and the returns policy can be one that catches out a renter. So, when booking your vehicle, make sure to check the car hire company’s operating hours and whether returning the car outside of office hours is included in the rental agreement. Some companies may not include late returns and could charge you extra if you return the car when they are closed. For example, ORIX’s hours are from 08:00-20:00 while Nippon Rent a Car is open from 05:00-23:00 every day.
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FAQs about renting a car at Tokyo Narita Airport
When arranging car hire at Tokyo Narita Airport, you’ll need to provide a valid driving licence, and an International Driving Permit (IDP), which can be applied for at your local post office in the UK. Keep in mind you cannot hire a car without this document. Along with these you’ll need your booking reference, your passport, and a credit card to process payment.
For consistently good reviews from customers, check out Nippon Rent a Car. They are well-known for their professional and caring customer service, and you’ll be sure to collect your vehicle swiftly and with little fuss. They have a fast and easy drop-off shuttle service in place that will collect you after you have finalised your agreement.
To get around busy streets easily, and to navigate those country roads, we recommend hiring a compact car. These cars generally provide the best value for money, as well as being the easiest vehicle to drive on Tokyo’s busy roads.
On average a rental car at Tokyo Narita Airport costs $73 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($46/day), Nippon Rent-A-Car ($48/day) and Avis ($51/day).
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Tokyo Narita Airport to off-airport locations include Nico Nico Rent-a-Car, Budget, Times, Nissan Rent-A-Car, ORIX Rent a Car, Hertz, National, Europcar, and Nippon Rent-A-Car.