Customers can use Android Pay on their mobile phone to travel using pay as you go on TfL services, including the Tube, buses and trams, as well as most National Rail services in London.
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 reader at a station, or touch in only on a bus or at a tram stop, in the same way they use their Oyster or contactless payment card.
Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Customer Experience at TfL said:
“It’s great to see another mobile ticketing option introduced into the market. Android is a popular mobile operating system and we have been working closely with Google to ensure that Android Pay is fully incorporated into the Capital’s transport network.
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. As more people see the benefits of this quick and easy to use technology, we’re confident the number will increase even more.”
Spencer Spinnell, Director of Business Development at Google, said:
“We want to make payments simpler for everyone, so we’ve worked with TfL to enable Android Pay on the Tube, buses and trains across London. This adds to the list of almost 460,000 contactless payment terminals in the UK where people can seamlessly tap and pay with their Android phones.”
TfL was the first public transport provider to accept contactless payment cards and will continue this record of innovation by becoming the first transport organisation in the world to accept Android Pay as a method of ticketing. 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.
This is a great example of TfL working in collaboration with other organisations to develop innovative solutions for our customers that makes it easier for them to move around London.