Since May, customers using Transport for London (TfL)’s services, including the Tube, buses and trams, as well as most National Rail services in London, have been able to travel using Android Pay on their mobile phone.
The new payment app, developed by Google, supports MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s major financial institutions. To use Android Pay, customers just need to download the app from the Google Play Store and set up their account with their bank card. They then simply touch in and out with the top half of their phone on the yellow card readers at stations, or touch in only on a bus or at a tram stop, in the same way they use their Oyster or contactless payment card.
TfL then calculates the best fare for each day or week, depending on where and when customers have travelled. The costs of all journeys a customer makes are then added together and, if appropriate, daily and weekly (Monday to Sunday) caps are applied. Contactless payments have been a huge success with more than 400 million contactless journeys made already across all TfL and most National Rail services in London, using cards from over 80 countries.
Around a third of all pay as you go journeys made in London are now made using contactless payments. One in ten contactless transactions in the UK are made on TfL’s network, making TfL one of the largest contactless merchants worldwide. More than ten million unique credit or debit cards have been used on TfL services so far.