Whether it’s a train to go to work, a bus to visit family or a metro to see a museum, public transport is a sustainable way of getting around town (without the need for cash as a "travel partner").
Because it’s easy, fast and efficient, contactless payment is being accepted by more services, including public transport. Now, thousands of people will no longer need to pay their fares in cash.
Over time, more train, metro and bus services have started taking contactless payment. According to Statista, this extraordinarily fast trend is bound to benefit many of the 4.2 billion users of public transport worldwide in 2022.
It only requires a card or an electronic device that is linked to a bank account and has near field communications (NFC) technology, which makes instant payments with just a tap on a point-of-sale (POS) terminal.
Common contactless payment systems are:
Contactless has gone beyond paying a fare on public transport. It’s also become a quick, easy and safe way to pay for things at shops, restaurants, hotels and other businesses.