Discount Bus and Train Tickets
Bus and Subway Seasonal Discounts
At certain times of year, such as school vacations, New Year, Golden Week, etc. Sendai often has special passes for the bus/subway. Look out for posters on the subway or bus and at stations. Or call the English hotline to see if they know of any current offers.
Bus Day Passes
You can ride the bus as many times as you like in one day, in the downtown or suburban area. Simply scratch the date you wish to use your pass. For the downtown area (all Y250 zones from Sendai Station) the pass costs Y620 (Y310 for children). For the suburban area (all Y340 zones from Sendai Station), the pass costs Y950 (Y480 for children).
Three Day Bus Passes
You can ride the bus as many times as you like for three consecutive days, in the downtown or suburban area. Simply scratch the date you wish to use your pass. For the downtown area (all Y250 zones from Sendai Station) the pass costs Y1,720 (Y860 for children). For the suburban area (all Y340 zones from Sendai Station), the pass costs Y2,650 (Y1,330 for children).
One Day Subway Pass
You can ride the subway as many times as you like for one day:
Sunday/Holiday Subway Pass
You can ride the subway as many times as you like on a Sunday or public holiday:
There are numerous private companies with long distance bus services to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc. Usually their websites are only in Japanese, and you will need a Japanese friend to assist you if you canft read the information. One point to be careful of - most private companies leave from near bus or train stations, but not where the JR buses leave. Make sure to confirm the exact departure point, so you aren't left wondering what happened to your bus.
JR often has special offers on at different times of year. For example, steam train packages for viewing autumn leaves, Golden week passes, etc. The best way to find out is to look at the pamphlets on display near ticket offices, or in View Plaza. Often passes will be for trains within a certain region, specific shinkansen routes, or slower trains.
Discount Shinkansen Tickets
Near Sendai Station, there are several discount ticket stores. Just look out for the small stores with lots of flyers or tickets in the window. These shops basically buy tickets at a bulk rate and then sell them individually for less than the usual fare. This can be a good option if youfre heading to Tokyo, but don't want to stay in a hotel, or only want a one-way ticket.
If you are traveling to Tokyo, Yokohama, or other large cities for a weekend break, a train/hotel package can be great value. Go to View Plaza and check out the pamphlets for the area you'll visit. They usually have a wide range of options, varying in price, location, etc.
Youth 18 Ticket
The seishun juu-hachi kippu is a bargain, if you don't mind traveling on slow trains. It's only available during university vacations, but despite the name, it can be used by anyone. The ticket costs Y11,500 and can be used for 5 24-hour periods. You can use it various ways; for example, one person for five consecutive days, five people for one day, etc. For further information, see http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/seishun18.html
For information on other JR discounts and passes, see: