What is it?
The Suica is a prepaid e-money card for moving around and shopping. There is no more need to buy a ticket from a vending machine. Just touch your Suica to the ticket gate and the fare is automatically deducted from your Suica. The Suica can be used not only for JR East trains, but subways and buses as well. See the Suica Map for transportation systems you can use with the Suica.
The Suica can also be used to pay for things with e-money. Buy soft drinks and coffee from vending machines and on the train. Even buy a newspaper at the station kiosk without fiddling for coins. For traveling in Japan, the Suica makes a more pleasant trip.
Prices include a deposit of 500 yen. The difference between the adult's card and the child's card is the amount deducted when using transportation.
When using a child's Suica card, the child's fare is deducted, and when using an adult's Suica card, the adult's fare is deducted.
Using Your Suica Card – Getting Around
- Simply touch the Suica card to the reader at the ticket gate when out and about. There is no need to purchase a ticket from a vending machine.
- The fare is automatically calculated at the station where you get off.
- The Suica comes preloaded with 1,500 yen. When you get off the train, the fare will be calculated at that station. If the balance is insufficient, however, you will need to add more money to your Suica.
Additional tickets must be purchased to use the Suica for travel on a limited express, express or Green Car. The Suica cannot be used for travel on the Shinkansen.
Valid Areas and Transportation Systems
Regions where the Suica can be used
The Suica cannot be used for continuous travel between areas. The use of transportation begun in one area must be ended in that area. When crossing from one area to another, first leave the ticket gate and then re-enter.
Using Your Suica Card – E-money
- The Suica can be used not only for transportation but for shopping as well.
- You can use your Suica to make purchases onboard trains as well as from vending machines, to rent coin lockers and for spending at convenience stores and restaurants.
The Suica can be used wherever the below logos are displayed.
Recharge the Suica
- The Suica can be loaded and used as many times as desired.
- The Suica can be loaded up to a maximum of 20,000 yen at Automatic Ticket Vending Machines and Fare Adjustment Machines displaying the Suica mark.
- Only yen may be used to load a card. A credit card cannot be used to load a Suica.
An Automatic Ticket Vending Machine enabled for the Suica
The Suica logo
- When the card is returned, the deposit of 500 yen is returned along with any remaining amount.
- There is a charge of 210 yen to return a Suica card, which is deducted from the total. If there is less than 210 yen on the card, then only that remaining amount is counted as the return charge.
- Suica cards issued by JR East Japan can be returned only at JR East stations. Suica cards issued by the Tokyo Monorail or elsewhere cannot be returned to JR East. Refer to the issuing company for further details on how to return them.
- If not used for a period of 10 years, the Suica becomes invalid.
- Lost Suica cards cannot be reissued.
- When traveling outside the Suica valid area please purchase a ticket beforehand.
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