Did you read my post on local trains in Poland, Norway, Japan and Indonesia? Here is another post on trains, this time on airport trains connecting terminals and cities or the lack of them. It covers airport trains to/from Jakarta (Indonesia), Oslo (Norway), Paris-Beauvais (France), Tokyo (Japan), and Warsaw (Poland).
Airport Trains in Poland
Two airports are serving Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. First and main is Chopin Airport in Okęcie district of Warsaw. There is no need for a train; you can use regular city bus or SKM line (fast city trains) to go from the airport to the city centre. The cheapest option ever, currently only 4,40 zł (around 1 EUR or 1,5 USD).
The second airport in Modlin is serving the cheap airlines. The train goes only to Modlin town, where a shuttle bus to the terminal arrives. Therefore, I recommend going there by a Modlin airport bus line from the city. For more information on airport train, check out the official website.
Airport Trains in Norway
Oslo has three different airports serving various carriers. For my first trip to Oslo, I went from Oslo Torp airport (cheap airlines) by train. It was almost 2 hours ride. First, by the terminal, you get on a shuttle bus that arrives at the train station just a minute before the train. I bought the tickets on the train when the conductor came along. It was possible to pay in NOK or EUR or by card, but I heard they accept only Norwegian cards. The current cost of the train is 273 NOK.
Airport Trains in France
Out of the several airports around Paris, I have used the one in Beauvois. Like with Modlin, the train comes only to the town, you need to take a taxi to the terminal. So, I have taken one of the bus lines from the terminal to the city (around 17 EUR).
Airport Trains in Japan
The main international airport for Tokyo is Narita Airport. It’s located in Chiba prefecture, around 70 km from Tokyo. I have used both Narita Express (shorty called: NEX) and non-express trains (with transfers). It’s easier and faster to use NEX, of course, but it’s slightly more expensive. If you bought JR Pass (East or country-wide) a special pass to ride JR trains “for free” you can use it on Narita Express without problems.
When NEX arrived at the terminal, the staff quickly cleaned up the train and rotated the seats to adjust them to ride direction. I was enjoying the landscapes behind windows, and from time to time I was reading the information displayed on the train LCDs, including the route map, transfers, tickets and news (in Japanese and English). I think there were announcements in Japanese, English, Chinese and Russian too. Food and drinks are available to buy on NEX.
Airport Trains in Indonesia
No trains from Soekarno-Hatta airport to Jakarta. Only buses or cars. There are many no-meter cars around there, so better use a taxi with meters.
Did you use airport trains? Please share your opinions in the comments.