a VirtualTourist member from Malaysia
Slightly confused with PASMO. I read that there is a deposit of 500yen refundable when we return the card. However, when I look at their official website I also saw a mention of a refund fee of 210yen...
So do I get back total of 500yen (thus there is no charges at all) or that minus a refund fee of 210yen?
As it explains the 210 yen is deducted for a handling charge which will be deducted from your deposit or any credit you may have remaining on your card. I have seen similar deductions in other city's transport cards too!!
Upon reading that, I think the 210 handling fee might, and I do stress might, be related to refunding any remaining balance on the card. If you have 0 balance, or less than 210 yen balance, you may still get the 500 yen deposit back. Best thing to do is find out and let us know so we can tell anyone else who asks the question in the future. ^^
I got this very precise answer from Nao H in another forum :
If the remaining balance is 0, 500yen will be refunded.
If the remaining balance is between 1 and 210yen, 500yen is refunded.
If the remaining balance is more than 210yen, the 500yen + remaining balance - 210yen is refunded.
Very clear... However, may not use the PASMO on this trip since we will only be in Tokyo for 5 days. Have decided to just stick to normal tickets.