Over 30 percent of metro passengers use non-cash and contactless payment options

Over 30 percent of metro passengers use non-cash and contactless payment options
Bank cards are accepted by all ticket offices and mobile ticket-takers. A bank card or an NFC-enabled smartphone can also be used at 1,200 ticket vending machines or turnstiles at nearly 80 metro stations. 

Moscow Metro passengers have been paying fares with bank cards, including those supporting PayPass and PayWave technology, and smartphones with Android Pay, Apple Pay and SamsungPay apps twice as often as last year. Last year, about 16 percent of passengers used non-cash payment methods at ticket offices, ticket venders and turnstile readers. That number reached 33 percent this year.

“Passengers on the Moscow Metro can pay fares with a bank card or an NFC-enabled smartphone at all ticket offices. In addition to that, over 1,200 ticket vending machines take cashless payments,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor, Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Maxim Liksutov.

Another way to pay for a ride without cash is at mobile cashiers available in the entrance halls at Kievskaya metro station on Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line, Komsomolskaya station on Sokolnicheskaya Line, and Savyolovskaya, Chkalovskaya and Tushinskaya stations.

More than 80 metro stations include turnstiles with readers that provide access upon waving an NFC-enabled smartphone or a bank card through a validator.

According to Maxim Liksutov, the Moscow Metro continues to upgrade the readers on turnstiles in the Moscow Metro. In 2018, contactless payments will be accepted at all metro stations.

Nearly one third of Moscow Central Circle (MCC) riders make contactless payments.

This payment option is operational at ticket offices, ticket venders and turnstiles in all MCC stations.