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Pasmo

Melbourne, Australia
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Pasmo

On a tourist information leaflet it seems to mention that the ticket prices for rail trips are more or less doubled by a "fee' if the Pasmo card is used, I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else. Have I misunderstood this, grateful for any help, thanks.

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Tokyo and California
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1. Re: Pasmo

I don't know where you got that idea but you're mistaken. The rail/subway fares are actually a bit cheaper when you use an IC card, including Pasmo, than buying individual tickets. There is no fee of any kind involved when using a Pasmo.

California
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2. Re: Pasmo

Hard to know unless you show the leaflet or otherwise let us know the provenance. But the IC cards are wonderfully convenient and not tickets for rip off.

Hong Kong, China
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for Hong Kong, Osaka
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3. Re: Pasmo

IC cards offer "cheaper fares" because the 8% tax rate is calculated to the very Yen. When using ticket machines to buy individual tickets, the tax is rounded up to the nearest 10 Yen so you might lose a few Yen due to rounding. That's why there is a small difference. Get a Pasmo!

Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Pasmo

thanks for your help

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