Commuters can use Visa cards to pay for public transport fares from June 6

From June 6, 2019, commuters will be able to use their Visa contactless cards to pay for public transport fares.

Following the launch of SimplyGo with Mastercard in April 2019, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced in a press statement that it will be expanding the service to include Visa.

SimplyGo enables commuters to use their contactless cards, or mobile wallets on transit, thereby eliminating the need for top-ups.

With Visa coming onboard, commuters will have greater convenience and choice, LTA said. With both Mastercard and Visa coming aboard, most contactless card users in Singapore can enjoy the benefits of SimplyGo.

Photo: Connected to India
Photo: Connected to India

“We are encouraged by commuters’ response towards the launch of SimplyGo,” said Mr Yeo Teck Guan, LTA Senior Group Director, Public Transport. Since its launch, there has been a steady uptake of the service, with an average of over 120,000 daily trips. 

Mr Kunal Chatterjee, Visa Country Manager for Singapore & Brunei, said, “The launch of SimplyGo for Visa contactless cards will bring the convenience of contactless transit payments to local Visa cardholders and international travellers visiting the country. Opening new contactless acceptance channels, especially transit, will transform the payment experience and consumer journey for Singaporeans and tourists wherever they go.”

To use SimplyGo with contactless cards, cardholders who have EZ-Link/NETS FlashPay functionality built into their Mastercard or Visa contactless bank cards will need to  switch their cards’ payment mode to Bank Card. They can do so at a General Ticketing Machine (GTM) at any MRT or LRT station.

In addition, commuters can enjoy added convenience by signing up for a SimplyGo account to view their travel history and fares via the TransitLink SimplyGo Portal or TL SimplyGo mobile app.

Registered users of contactless bank cards can opt to receive push notifications via the TL SimplyGo mobile app to be informed on the fares after each trip is completed.