When traveling around Osaka, you can choose from a variety of discount tickets, based on your goals and travel styles! Many of them can be purchased abroad in advance from travel agents.
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Osaka Unlimited Pass
Get unlimited rides on trains, buses, and new trams in Osaka for one full day during the applicable period. You can also enter 28 popular tourist sites including Osaka Castle, and get discounts at other sightseeing spots, restaurants, and shops, as well as receive some gifts. Ride around on trains and buses, and play, eat, and shop to your heart’s content! The more you use this, the more you save, so it’s the perfect way to fully enjoy Osaka!
Both one-day and two-day passes are available.
Kansai Thru Pass
This three-day or two-day ticket is convenient for taking trips in Kansai. It allows you unlimited rides on designated public transportation in Kansai. Also, by showing a pass that you’ve used that day, you can get special treatment at special facilities along the railways.
Yokoso! Osaka Ticket
This ticket gives a discount when traveling from Kansai International Airport Station into Osaka City, including a one-way ticket for the Nankai Electric Railway “Rapi:t” train to Namba Station (which can also be used one way on a Nankai train other than Rapi:t), and a one-day all-you-can-ride pass for Osaka’s subways, new tram, and buses. You can also enjoy Osaka’s sightseeing spots at a discount, by showing a ticket that you’ve used that day for discounts at tourist sites within Osaka City.
Osaka Visitors’ Ticket
We recommend this for visitors who plan to travel around within the Osaka city center for a full day or more. It allows you unlimited rides on the Osaka subway, New Tram, and buses. Also, by showing a pass that you’ve used that day, you can get special treatment at special facilities along the railways.
Osaka Kaiyu Ticket
This discount ticket set includes an admission ticket to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, as well as a one-day all-you-can-ride ticket for Osaka’s trains and buses. Thirty tourist locations in the Osaka Bay area offer discounts of up to 50% off.
※The Osaka Kaiyu Ticket is not sold at the Kaiyukan. The ticket includes many other benefits, including discounts for the Tempozan Ferris Wheel, sailing ship Santa Maria, and Captain Line, the shuttle boat between the Kaiyukan and Universal City Port.
【Sale and use period】March 13 (Weds), 2013 to March 31 (Sun), 2014.
One-day ticket Enjoy Eco Card
The Enjoy Eco Card is a one-day all-you-can-ride ticket for Osaka’s subways, New Tram, and buses, and also includes discounts for tourist locations within the city. It costs 800 yen for adults (or 600 yen on weekends and holidays), and 300 yen for children.
Multiple Ride Card
The Multiple Ride Card is a prepaid discount card which is valid for transportation on the subway, New Tram, and city buses. No term of validity is set.
3,000 Yen (good for 3,300 Yen worth of travel) for adults
1,500 Yen (good for 1,650 Yen worth of travel) for children
Rainbow Card (An even more convenient ticket system.)
The Rainbow Card is one of the prepaid cards issued by the Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau, and is valid for travel on the subway, the New Tram, and city buses. The Rainbow Card is good on part of the “Surutto KANSAI” transportation network, including the Hankyu, Hanshin, Kita-Osaka Kyuko, Keihan, Nankai and Kintetsu lines etc. Cards issued by these railway companies will apply to the same transportation services as those of the Rainbow Card. No term of validity is set for the Rainbow Card.
500 Yen, 1,000 Yen, 2,000 Yen, 3,000 Yen for adults
500 Yen and 1,000 Yen for children
PiTaPa is a convenient multi-function payment service card that can be used to pay for train and bus tickets, shopping, and food.
ICOCA is a convenient IC card for JR, subways, private railways and buses which allows you to go through the ticket gates within even removing the ticket from your pass case.
ICOCA & HARUKA is a special set that combines "ICOCA", an IC card that can be used for JR, subways, private railways, buses, and shopping, with a discount ticket for the Kansai International Airport limited express train "Haruka".ICOCA & HARUKA can be purchased only at JR Kansai Airport Station.
JR West Rail Pass
The JR West Rail Pass (Kansai) is a good deal for those who want to travel around Kansai for a full day or more, and is convenient for traveling to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji, or Nara, etc., via JR. It allows you to ride in the free seating section of the limited express Haruka from Kansai International Airport.
JR West Rail Pass WIDE
The JR West Rail Pass Kansai WIDE is a good deal for those traveling for a full day or more around Kansai and also Okayama, Kurashiki, Kinosaki hot springs, Shirahama hot springs, and other locations via Sanyou bullet train or limited express. It allows you to ride in the free seating section of the Sanyou bullet train and limited express trains.
Kintetsu Rail Pass／Kintetsu Rail Pass WIDE
The Kintetsu Rail Pass is a good deal for those traveling within a wide area around Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Nagoya over five days or so.
Hankyu Tourist Pass
The Hankyu Tourist Pass is a good deal for those traveling for a full day or more around the Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto areas.