No greater Tokyo pass than this!
Do you find it difficult to navigate Japan’s complex (and rather costly) public transportation system? If so, thank your lucky stars you can now buy the Greater Tokyo Pass for the most cost-effective and convenient way to travel ever!
The Greater Tokyo Pass is a transport ticket that offers the user three full days of unlimited rides on railways and streetcars across 12 companies and buses operated by 52 companies in the Kanto area. If you’re intending to head there during cherry blossom season, good news! The Greater Tokyo Pass will be available for sale just in time for the season from 1 Apr 2018 onwards.
P.S. If you need an idea of just how worth it this pass is, a trip from Narita International Airport to downtown Tokyo can set you back approximately JPY3,000!
Read on to find out how you can get your hands on one!
Where can I use my Greater Tokyo Pass?
The Greater Tokyo Pass is valid for railways operated by the following 12 companies:
- All Odakyu lines
- Keikyu Line
- Keio Line
- Keisei Line* – includes train from Narita Airport to town
- Sotetsu Line
- Seibu Line
- Tokyo Metro Line
- Tokyu Line
- Toei Subway
- Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line)
- Tobu Line
- Minatomirai Line
- Yokohama Municipal Subway
Passengers may incur a separate fee when using limited express trains requiring a fare and reserved seating.
*When travelling on the Narita Sky Access Line, you may use your pass between the following stations:
All stations of the Keisei Line (excluding the Hokuso Line section between Shinshibamata and Inba Nihon-idai Stations) and Narita Airport stations
The Greater Tokyo Pass is also valid for use on buses operated by 52 companies in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama.
Note: The Greater Tokyo Pass does not include travel on JR Lines. If you’re interested in JR Passes, check out this list of commonly asked questions on the JR Pass to decide if you need one for your next trip!
Where can I buy my Greater Tokyo Pass?
The Greater Tokyo Pass will launched on 1 Apr 2018 at the following locations:
How long is the pass valid for?
3 days from date of purchase. Your ticket is considered first used from the time of use.
Therefore, you should aim to use your pass as early in the day as possible in order to maximize its validity.
How much does it cost?
How do I use my Greater Tokyo Pass?
The Greater Tokyo Pass will be issued in the form of a paper ticket. This paper ticket cannot be used at automatic ticket gates and must be used at manned gates for railways only. If you’re using the Greater Tokyo Pass for travel on a bus, simply present your ticket to the attendant. You may be asked to present your passport for identity verification purposes.
What if I don’t use my Greater Tokyo Pass?
Travellers can refund their pass with a JPY220 service charge deducted from the price.
You can only refund your pass if it meets the following conditions:
- The pass is refunded before start of travel
- The pass is refunded within the period of validity
Is it worth it?
If you need a sense of just how much money you’ll be saving, here’s how much it will cost you for single trip tickets in-between these famous Japanese landmarks.
Moreover, instead of buying multiple different passes, you can breeze through the gates with one single pass.