Tap and Pay System launched in Athens

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Tap & Pay system for contactless payments via bank cards and digital wallets—has been launched on Express bus lines of the Athens International Airport.

Passengers on the bus lines (X93, X95, X96, X97) can use bank cards or activated device cards (smartphone, smartwatch) for payments, including contactless options.

The system reads cards or digital wallets, charging the fares directly.

With Tap & Pay, passengers traveling to and from Athens International Airport can now alternatively pay for their ticket contactless by swiping their bank card over the bus validation machines with the relevant indication of contactless transactions.

Equipment installed on selected buses "reads" the card or digital wallet and charges the value of the trip to the passenger's account.

The contactless fare payments are in addition to ATH.ENA Ticket or ATH.ENA Card.

By 2024, contactless ticket transactions will expand to all public transport—buses, trolley buses, trams, and metro—run by OASA, which is active in the Greek capital, Athens.

The initiative aims to simplify fare payment and eliminate the need for ticket purchases from vending machines.

The alternative possibility of using a bank card (debit, credit, or prepaid) to board public transport marks the entry of Athens Transport into a new digital era for the transportation services provided to the passenger public, organizers said during an event introducing the new project.

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