Samsung Pay launched with TfL

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Samsung Pay on Samsung smartphones can now be used to travel on London’s transport network as part of its wider UK launch.

The new payment app, which can be downloaded from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store, supports MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards.

It can be used for Pay As You Go journeys by bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services in London.

Samsung has worked with Transport for London (TfL) to allow users to set a payment card specifically as a transport card to use on all TfL services and most National Rail services in London. Customers add their payment card to the app and nominate it as a transport card. Once registered, the phone screen does not have to be on – users touch the middle of their phone on the yellow card reader in the same way they use their Oyster or contactless payment card.

When customers pay as you go using contactless, TfL applies a daily or weekly (Monday to Sunday) cap where appropriate to ensure passengers do not get charged for further journeys in the same travel zones.

Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL, said: “Its great to see another mobile ticketing option introduced into the market.

“More than 900 million contactless journeys have already been made in London and the ability to nominate a specific transport card with Samsung Pay will significantly benefit customers using this simple and secure mobile payment solution.”

Conor Pierce, Vice President, IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “Following the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ earlier this year, we are thrilled to be introducing another innovative service to our latest flagship devices, reinforcing our commitment to making people’s lives easier.”

TfL was the first public transport provider to accept contactless payments, with around 40% of all Pay As You Go journeys made in London now made using them. Of these, 9% are now made using mobile devices.