Tap Tap Cap!It's here...... Contactless payments with the added bonus of daily capping

From 24 July, our services will accept contactless payment with daily fare capping – a first for Scotland.

Our daily capping, similar to the London system, gives a fast and convenient way to pay on our bus services. You will no longer need to know what ticket to buy before you travel, just tap your card on the reader when you board the bus and you will be charged an Adult Single fare. After three or more taps, the fare will be capped at our AdultDAYticket price.

Nigel Serafini, Lothian’s Commercial Director said:

We are delighted to be launching city-wide contactless payment for our customers. With more and more of our transactions becoming ‘cashless’, it was important to recognise the demand for this capability across our fleet.

“This has been at the top of customers’ wish lists for some time and we’re pleased to be able to deliver an easy and convenient method of payment, which removes the need to carry cash, or know at the start of the day how many journeys you plan to make. The capping system means that our customers will always get the cheapest daily fare possible, no matter how their travel plans might change throughout the day.

The new contactless payment system on Lothian’s services has been developed by long-term ticketing and fare collection technology partner Flowbird Transport Intelligence, working with Visa, the global digital payments company.

Owen Griffith, Managing Director of Flowbird Transport Intelligence, said:

This new contactless and fare capped system will make bus travel in the city easier than ever before, while simultaneously applying maximum daily fares rules for multiple journeys. We have delivered this innovation in partnership with Lothian and it marks another successful milestone in our long-standing relationship.

Steven Orelowitz, Head of Transit, Europe, Visa, said:

The UK continues to lead the way when it comes to contactless payment systems on public transport and we are thrilled to have partnered with Lothian to bring contactless to their buses. People now expect to pay as swiftly and seamlessly for travel as they do for any other purchase, so the introduction of contactless is a huge step forward for Edinburgh, and a boost to the customer experience for both residents and visitors to the city.

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