Hakodate’s streetcars are a must-see when visiting the city. They are a reliable means of transportation connecting the main sightseeing areas and are a beloved part of the cityscape. For those who have never ridden a streetcar before, the ride itself is a thrilling experience. Where do I start? How do I know which way to go? How do I pay the fare? We have compiled a list of the basics you need to know when using the streetcars.
Payment Methods and One-Day Ticket
Payment can be made in cash or by IC card.
Most transportation IC cards can be used, including PASMO, nimoca, Suica, Kitaca, and others.
It is nice to be able to use local transportation IC cards.
There are also one-day streetcar passes available, some of which are for the streetcar only, and some of which include both the streetcar and bus ticket.
Route map（From 函館市のホームページ)
Tram only: Adult 600 yen
Streetcars and buses: 1,000 yen for adults.
The first ride on the Hakodate streetcar starts at 210 yen, and the maximum fare is 260 yen.
If you use the Hakodate streetcar more than four times in a day, the one-day pass is more economical.
One-day passes can be obtained inside the streetcar cars, at hotel front desks, convenience stores, and tourist information centers.
How to Ride Hakodate City Tram
Hakodate tram lines have a “get on at the center door and get off at the front door” system.
(1) Board at the center door and take a numbered ticket or touch the IC card.
To pay with cash, take a numbered ticket; to pay with an IC card, tap the card you want to use on the card reader on the right side of the entrance.
If you are using a one-day pass, you do not need to do anything.
By the way, there is a question about where to wait for the tram, but you should wait so that the center of the station is at the front.
There are often markers on the ground.
Press the “get off” button when you want to get off the train.
When the station you want to get off at is announced, press the “get off” button.
(3) Pay your fare and exit through the front door.
If you are paying in cash, check the fare on the panel in front of you and make your payment.
Only 1000 yen bills can be exchanged.
If you are using a transportation system IC card, just tap the card reader and it will be linked to the card, so the appropriate fare will be used.
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