What exactly is the SUNQ Pass?
The SUNQ Pass is an unlimited ticket which lets you ride highway buses, city buses, and ferries in Kyushu and the Shimonoseki area for your chosen consecutive 3-day (or 4 day) period. There are 4 types of SUNQ Pass. There are two version of the “All Kyushu Pass” (¥11,000 for 3 days, or ¥14,000 for 4 days) for unlimited bus and ferry rides in 7 prefectures of Kyushu as well as in Shimonoseki. The “Northern Kyushu Pass” (¥9,000 for 3 days) is for unlimited bus and ferry rides in the 5 northern prefectures of Kyushu (Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, and Oita) as well as in Shimonoseki. The “Southern Kyushu Pass” (¥8,000 for 3 days) is for unlimited bus and ferry rides in 3 southern prefectures of Kyushu (Kumamoto, Kagoshima, and Miyazaki).
There are approximately 2,400 eligible routes in all of Kyushu, 1,500 of which are in Northern Kyushu. This pass allows you to get the most out of the Kyushu bus network.
In what circumstances can one get the most out of the pass?
A SUNQ Pass is convenient for anyone who does not have a driver’s license, is not accustomed to driving, or who plans on drinking alcohol while enjoying their meals at their travel destinations.
Also, with the very economical pricing of the All Kyushu Pass (¥11,000 for 3 days, ¥14,000 for 4 days), Northern Kyushu Pass (¥9,000) and Southern Kyushu Pass (¥8,000), they are ideal for those who want to visit as many tourist destinations as possible at any given location.
How can I use it?
Do I have to take a boarding ticket?
Yes. City buses and some highway buses have a boarding ticket machine on them, so please take a boarding ticket when boarding those buses.
What will happen if I go outside of the “Northern Kyushu Pass” area to somewhere like Miyazaki or Kagoshima?
You will need to pay the one-way fare for that section of the route traveled.
Can I use night buses?
Yes, you may board Kyushu night buses on these lines: Fukuoka to Kagoshima, Fukuoka to Nobeoka/Miyazaki, and Oita to Kagoshima. For a 3-day pass, when boarding on the last day of the usage period (the third day), you may still board even though you will arrive on the morning of the fourth day.
When boarding using a SUNQ Pass, is it possible to get off part way?
On routes for which the SUNQ Pass is eligible, as long as it is within the period of validity of the SUNQ Pass, you can get off as many times as you like (however, you may not get off at boarding-only stops). However, on routes which require seat reservation/time reservations, if you do not have a reservation in advance, you may not be able to board, so please make sure to make reservations.
Can I get a refund or change the usage period for my SUNQ Pass?
You may up to the day before the usage period begins, but on the day it begins onward, neither a refund nor change in usage period will be accepted in any circumstances. Additionally, no refund, extended period of use, or transit by alternate means will be provided, even if the route you were planning to use is closed due to unusual weather conditions. Thank you for your understanding.
What will happen if I lose my pass part-way through my trip?
We will not re-issue the pass. Please keep it in a safe place.
What will happen after I have used up my pass? Can I keep it?
Yes, we will not collect the pass. However, if you use it past the usage period for any reason, a fine will be charged to you.
Does “SUNQ Pass” mean something?
The name SUN-Q comes from the image of warmth associated with both the sun, and with Kyushu, as well as the Japanese word for “three” (the numbers of days the pass is valid for) sounding similar to “sun.” The Q added to the name comes from the first syllable of “Kyushu,” represented by a single letter. Also, the Japanese pronunciation san-kyuu sounds very close to “thank you,” which is a sentiment we would like to convey to customers from the bottom of our hearts.
Where can I buy it?
Is there special pricing for children or people with disabilities?
Unfortunately, there is no special pricing for children or people with disabilities.
Depending on the area and number of trips you used, it may be less expensive in total to pay for individual child/handicapped person discounted fares instead of purchasing a SUNQ Pass, so please be aware of this and look into it.
(Child fares are charged for children in elementary school and older, but in cases where an infant occupies a seat on a highway bus, a child fare will be charged for them as well.)
Can I use the SUNQ Pass on the Kyushu Odan Bus?
Yes, you can.
There are a fixed number of seats available. After making a reservation, please proceed to the ticket window in advance to complete the procedure. For more details on the Kyushu Odan Bus, please view the Kyushu Odan Bus information, or contact the Kyushu Sanko Bus Kyushu Odan Bus Reservation/Information Center. Kyushu Odan Bus information
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