London buses now accept NFC contactless payments
The Transport for London has emailed customers to announce the activation of NFC contactless payments on the city’s fleet of 8,500 buses.
From today, anyone who swipes a debit, credit, or charge card with the logo above — or at least the middle part of the logo, with the four bars — should theoretically be allowed onboard for the same single fare as a traditional Oyster Card user.
That’s £1.35 instead of the £2.30 cash fare.
Currently, many Londoners use Oyster smartcards, introduced in 2003, to travel, and often receive an annoyed look if you choose to fiddle around with cash. Now, Transport for London (TFL) — who is in charge of such projects — are moving further ahead with quick and easy payment methods, following Stagecoach’s lead, who installed NFC payment services in 2009.
Currently using an Oyster card? No problem — readers have been upgraded to accept both types of payment. Smartphones installed with the technology to mimic a card are also expected to be compatible
Customers are also being advised to avoid swiping wallets which contain two potential payment methods — such as an NFC card and an RFID-based Oyster Card — so they can control which card gets billed.