Suica Pre-paid Transport pass
- Can be used as an electronic wallet
- Pre-charged and ready to use
- Valid in Tokyo and other major cities
The Suica card is a prepaid chip card that allows use of most forms of public transport (metro, trains, buses, monorail and taxis) in Japan. The card is charged for each journey or purchase by simply touching the terminals displaying the Suica card logo.
- The Suica card is already loaded and ready for use. You will be able to add credit during your stay if necessary.
- Only one Suica card per person is required: once the credit has been used up, the card can be topped up at the station as many times as needed.
- The Suica card can be purchased prior to your departure to Japan, without affecting its operation.
The card was created by the company JR East, but can also be used throughout Japan on other prepaid card networks, such as Pasmo.
Suica card validity
The Suica card can be used in the majority of Japanese public transport: subways, buses and all local trains, as well as in buses and taxis displaying the Suica logo.
Please note that the Suica card does not work on express trains, shinkansen, highway buses or airport shuttles.
The card also functions as an electronic wallet. You can make small purchases on board trains, at vending machines, mini-markets, shops and restaurants displaying one of the Suica card symbols. It can also be used to pay for taxis and station lockers.
For more information, visit the official JR East website.
Practical information on the Suica card
- The Suica card is ready to use and already credited with 2000 yen (including a 500 yen deposit). To recover the deposit, you will have to return your card in Tokyo only, at JR East stations.
- You can keep your Suica card for your next trip. It will remain valid for 10 years.
- The Suica cards we offer are non-personal and are reserved for adult travellers. Children's Suica cards can be purchased directly in Japan.
- Although it is now possible to load your Suica card onto your phone and use it as a payment card linked to your bank account, we strongly advise against doing so. Indeed, if you do, the physical card is no longer usable, and unjustified withdrawals have been noted among some users; certainly due to the link with a non-Japanese bank card and the inherent international money transfers. Japan Experience cannot be held responsible for these inconveniences, as the sale was made for a physical Suica card only.
Common questions related to the suica card