Transportation in Tokyo

The Tokyo public transport system is the fastest and the most convenient way to travel around the city.

Trains & Subways

Tokyo is covered by a dense network of train, subway and bus lines, which are operated by about a dozen different companies. The train lines operated by JR East and the subway lines are most convenient for moving around central Tokyo.The center of the system is the Yamanote Line, which loops around the city and links to all the major stations. The Chuo Line cuts across the Yamanote “loop”. Apart from JR East, there are other private train companies. Japanese trains are very punctual, and quite reasonably priced.

Tokyo's subway network is operated by two companies, the Toei Subways with four lines, and Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan Subways) with nine lines. For ease of use, each station is coded with a letter and number. You will find these on platform signs and route maps.


Riding on a bus has become convenient, now that you can use the PASMO or Suica card. Within Tokyo’s 23 wards, you can ride the green, Toei buses. You pay when you get on and the cost for one journey is 200 Yen. If you pay with your PASMO or Suica card and change buses within 90 minutes from the time you boarded the first bus, the fare for the second bus will be 100 Yen. The fare for the third bus will be 200 Yen again, and 100 Yen for the fourth bus.