When it comes to exploring Tokyo, there are a variety of economical train passes and tickets, some available only to overseas passport holders.
The best ticket for you depends on the lines you intend to travel on during your stay in Tokyo. For example, if your hotel is close to a JR train station, you would most likely take JR lines to travel around the city, such as on the JR Yamanote Line (City Circle Loop). If your hotel is near the subway or metro, you’d be more inclined to get a subway ticket or even a combination ticket for JR/subway lines.
Read more about the types of passes below:
For use on JR lines only
For use on the Tokyo Metro only
For use on the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines
For use on JR, Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines
Tokyo Furii Kippu (Tokyo 1-day Ticket)
One-day pass for unlimited use on all Tokyo Metro subway and Toei subway lines, buses and trams as well as JR lines within Tokyo limits.
Adult: 1,590 yen
Child: 800 yen
Where to buy: Available at JR stations, major subway stations (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, etc.) and sales offices for Toei buses and trams. Read more.
Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass (Tokunai Pass)
Allows unlimited travel for one day on all JR East lines (local and rapid) within the Tokyo City limits.
Adult: 750 yen
Child: 370 yen
Where to buy: Available at major JR stations (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shibuya, etc.) Read more.
SUICA and PASMO are prepaid IC (stored-value) cards. They can be used for travel on JR, subways, buses and private railways in Tokyo as well as neighbouring areas. SUICA is issued by JR East and PASMO by private transport companies however they can be used interchangeably.
Touch the card to the scanner at the entrance and exit of ticket gates and fares are automatically calculated on exit. Cards can be topped up as you go along. Pre-paid IC cards can store up to 20,000 yen. At time of purchase a deposit of 500 yen will be included in the cost. When the card is returned, the deposit will be refunded, less a handling fee of 210 yen. View SUICA official site here.
SUICA from 2,000 yen, including a 500 yen deposit and stored value of 1,500 yen
PASMO from 1,000 yen, including a 500 yen deposit and stored value of 500 yen
Where to buy: Available at travel service centers or at ticket vending machines of major stations.
N’EX TOKYO Round Trip Ticket
A round-trip ticket for savings on the Narita Express (N’EX), a convenient way to travel between Narita Airport and major stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area (e.g. Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Omiya, Yokohama and Ofuna) with no transfers on the Narita Express (N’EX). This discounted ticket is only available to overseas visitors (passports will be inspected).
After boarding the N’EX, passengers may transfer to other JR East trains to any JR East station within the designated Tokyo train area. After exiting a ticket gate, the ticket cannot be used for re-entry.
Adult: 4,000 yen
Child (aged 6-11): 2,000 yen
Where to buy: Available only at the Narita Airport T1 and T2 JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-Madoguchi) and JR-EAST Travel Service Centers. Read more.
Common One-day Ticket for Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway
Allows one day of unlimited travel on all Toei subway and Tokyo Metro lines.
Adult: 900 yen
Child: 450 yen
Where to buy: Ticket vending machines at all Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro stations. Read more.
Tokyo Metro 24 Hour Ticket
Unlimited rides on the Tokyo Metro for 24 hours from first use. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day.
Valid for 24 hours after first use within 6 months of purchase
Valid for 24 hours after first use on the day of purchase
Adult: 600 yen
Child: 300 yen
Where to buy: Available for purchase at major Tokyo Metro stations and at vending machines on the day of travel. Read more.
Tokyo Subway Ticket (24HR, 48HR, 72HR)
Unlimited rides on all lines of the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway. Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours after first use within the expiry date stated on the back of the ticket.
Only available to overseas tourists or domestic visitors residing outside of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Yamanashi.
24-hour Ticket – Adult: 800 yen, Child: 400 yen
48-hour Ticket – Adult: 1,200 yen, Child: 600 yen
72-hour Ticket – Adult: 1,500 yen, Child: 750 yen
Where to buy: Available to overseas passport holders at Narita Airport T1 and T2 1F Arrival Lobby Keisei Bus Ticket Counters and Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal 2F Arrival Lobby Tourist Information Center.
Also available at the following JNTO Tourist Information Centers around Tokyo: Tokyo City i, JNTO Tourist Information Center (Japanese culture experience corner), Tokyo Tourist Information Center Yurakucho, Tokyo Tourist Information Center – Myogadani~TABIMONOGATARI 旅物語~, Central Honshu Information Plaza in Keio Shinjuku, Tokyo Tourist Information Center (Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal)
Available at BIC Camera and LAOX Electronics stores throughout Tokyo. Read more.
One-day Pass for Yurikamome
Allows unlimited travel for one-day on the Yurikamome Line.
Adult: 820 yen
Child: 410 yen
Where to buy: Available at vending machines of Yurikamome Line stations. Read more.
Welcome to Tokyo Airport Limousine Bus Return Voucher
A discounted coupon designed for tourists arriving at Narita Airport.
Adult: 4,500 yen
Child: 2,250 yen
Discount rate 27.4%, total saving 1,700yen*
*Compared to the normal Adult Return Fare of 6,200 yen.
Where to buy: Available at the Limousine Bus ticket counter at Narita Airport. Read more.
All information is based on data as of 16 August 2017 and is subject to change without notice.