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Rail Plus simplifies travel in Japan with new metro card and airport transfers

August 20, 2014 Rail No Comments Email Email

Rail Plus has expanded its range of exclusive products in Japan by unveiling Suica – a re-chargeable smart card for use on Tokyo’s trains, subways and buses – along with door-to-door transfers to and from Narita Airport.

Rail Plus product manager Sana Malihi says Suica – short for ‘Super Urban Intelligent CArd’ and also a pun on the Japanese word for watermelon – is the equivalent of London’s Oyster Card.

“It offers a smooth and convenient way to travel on transport lines across greater Tokyo, with holders avoiding queues and simply passing the card over a reader, which automatically deducts the fare and displays the remaining balance,” says Malihi.

“When credit runs out the card can be topped up at vending machines displaying the Suica mark.

“Suica can also be used as e-money to buy items (such as drinks, snacks and newspapers) from stores and vending machines, especially within train stations and on the trains themselves.”

The card – which is interchangeable with other smart card transportation systems across Japan – is priced from $38, which includes JPY¥1,500 credit.

Rail Plus is also now offering Japan Airport Coach Transfers – a door-to-door transfer service between Narita Airport and central Tokyo Hotels.

Operated by Airport Limousine Bus, the leading provider of the airport transportation in Tokyo, the transfers costs AUD$43 one way.

Rail Plus is charging no booking fees for either Suica or its Japan Airport Coach Transfers.

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