Visitors getting around Singapore on public transportation no longer need to get a separate stored-value fare card, under a new initiative between Mastercard and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority launched earlier this month.
The new cashless system, SimplyGo, will enable visitors to use their foreign-issued contactless credit, debit or prepaid card or mobile wallet to pay for bus and train trips.
A nominal administrative and overseas transaction fee will be charged.
Singapore is among 150 cities globally to integrate Mastercard’s contactless payments technology into core infrastructure such as public transportation.
“Singapore commuters today join those in cities like London, Sydney, Vancouver, Kaoshiung, Kiev and Milan, where Mastercard has worked with local authorities to implement contactless solutions for open-loop transit systems, integrating digital payments into a city’s core infrastructure,” said Deborah Heng, country manager, Singapore, Mastercard.