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 card. The Suica can be used not
only for the Tokyo metro, but JR East trains, other subways and
buses as well.
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.
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
The fare is automatically calculated at the station where you
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
The Suica can be used on JR East lines in the Tokyo
metropolitan area as well as for subways, buses and the Tokyo
Monorail that connects Haneda Airport with Tokyo. Click
here for the map of Tokyo metropolitan area
In addition to the Tokyo area, the Suica can be used for
certain transportation systems in the Sendai and Niigata, Hokkaido,
Tokai, West Japan and Kyushu areas. Click here
for other areas that accept the Suica Card.
Using Your Suica Card -
Cards come with a credit of JPY1,500 and can be topped up to a
maximum of 20,000 in Japan.
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 these
logos are displayed.