Buy your Suica Card online before you travel!
The Suica Card comes ready to use and is credited with 2,000 yen (including 500 yen deposit*). Easily add more credit if required.
For ease and convenience when using Japan’s public transportation system, get yourself a Suica card. It is a prepaid, rechargeable IC card that you can use to pay for train and bus fares around the country by simply touching it on a reader every time you enter and exit a train station or get on or off a bus.
Purchase your Suica card online before you leave for your trip!
If you do not want to have to deal with figuring out how the ticket vending machines work or how to find your way to the JR East Travel Service Centers after a 12-hour flight, you can always buy a Suica card online, days, weeks, or months before your departure.
SIM Card Geek can ship your Suica card to your home address, totally free of charge, so you can have one with you ready for use as soon as you arrive to Japan.
The cost of a Suica card
Suica cards are available for adults at the cost of JPY ¥4000. The Suica Card comes ready to use and is credited with 2,000 yen which includes a 500 yen refundable deposit.
Using Suica on trains and buses
To use on trains: Tap your Suica card onto the readers at the train station ticket gates to enter. And, once the train arrives to your destination, tap your card once again onto the reader at the ticket gates to exit. Your fare is automatically deducted from your card.
To use on buses: Tap your Suica onto the reader found next to the doors or the bus driver every time you board and/or get off. The correct fare is automatically deducted from your card.
Train and bus lines that accept Suica
You can use your Suica card on various train and bus networks around Japan and is valid not only on JR lines but also on many non-JR lines. You do not have to buy a different IC card if you plan to get out of Tokyo and hit tourist spots located in Kansai, Tohoku, Kyushu, Hokkaido, and others.
Take a look at this Tokyo Metropolitan Area Map and this Suica Map to know which train and bus lines in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and the regions outside of it accept Suica card.
Shopping with Suica
Did you know that you can also use your Suica card for shopping? It is like an e-wallet that you can store money in and use to pay for food and other products during your stay in Japan.
All over the country, you can find vending machines where you can use Suica to purchase coffee, tea, water, soda, and other items. You can also come across many convenience stores and even restaurants that accept Suica cards as modes of payment. If you need a quick storage place for your backpacks and suitcases, you can look for coin lockers with a pay-with-Suica option.
The Suica Card can be used wherever the below logos are displayed.
Recharging your Suica card
There are recharging machines for Suica cards found at JR and non-JR train stations around Japan. To use one, simply insert your Suica card into the card slot, and select the amount that you would like to load into your Suica. The choices start at 1,000 yen and go up in multiples of 1,000 yen. You can recharge your card as often as you need to, up to a maximum stored value of 20,000 yen each time.
A Suica card does not expire, so you can keep yours and use it again on your future trips to Japan! However, the Suica Card will become invalid if it isn’t used in a period of 10 years. In this case you can then either:
- Get a replacement Suica card
The charge on the invalid Suica will be transferred to your new card.
- Get a refund
A refund will be made after subtracting a refund fee from the charge on the invalid Suica. The initial deposit of 500 yen will also be refunded.
Your Suica Card arrives credited with 2,000 yen including a 500 yen deposit. It is not possible for you to spend the 500 yen deposit but you can claim this back at the end of your trip – see getting a deposit refund below.
Getting a deposit refund
To get a deposit refund, simply return your Suica Card to any JR East Travel Service Center. Your 500yen deposit will be returned to you along with any remaining credit on your card.
Please note that if the credit on your card is more than 220yen, you will be charged a 220yen admin fee. If the credit on your card is less than 220yen, you will only receive your deposit back.
- If you have 1,000yen of credit remaining on your card, you will receive your 500yen deposit plus 780yen (1,000yen credit minus 220yen admin. fee).
- If you have 100yen of credit remaining on your card, you will only receive your 500yen deposit (no additional admin. fee will be charged, but you will lose your 100yen of credit).
- If you have no credit remaining on your card, you will receive your 500yen deposit (no admin fee will be charged).
Pay by Debit or Credit Card securely through PayPal.
Airport Pick-up Options
If you would like to collect your order when you arrive in Japan, you can simply arrange to have your order sent to a Post Office located within the airport. For more information about airport collection please click here.
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John J –
It was my first trip to Japan and I was researching how to travel around the country on the cheap. I came across a few sites mentioning this card but it didn’t look like there was a way to get this in advance of my trip. Eventually I came across another website who linked directly here where I also managed to purchase a sim card in advance as well. Happy days!
Both the suica and sim were a dream to have and I am so pleased I was armed with them on arrival.
Japan is an amazing country and if I am ever lucky enough to go back I will definitely be shopping here again.
Also a big shout out to the staff who helped me with a few questions prior to ordering!
I would not travel to Japan without it!
Denise Thistleton –
Amazing company very helpful. Can’t wait to use my sim card ans suica csrd next week when we arrive in Japan.
James R. –
The Suica card is the best. We have used Suica cards for more visits to Tokyo than I can recall. They always work perfectly and (at last time I used mine) give you a small discount on most train/subway fares. Not having to look up fares and buy tickets (which are easily lost) is benefit enough, but soaring through the turnstile makes you feel like local and look like a pro. We keep our Suica after every trip and they always work as soon as we pull them out (even after years). I can’t say enough good about these cards. Paying at vending machines and convenience stores is also so smooth. No fumbling with coins. The only way these could be improved is if I could reload them with a credit card or PayPal.