While public transportation passes with contactless debit and credit cards are becoming increasingly common in the world, individuals expect the same convenience in the cities they travel to. Touristic cities such as London, New York and Madrid still provide this opportunity. With the opening of the public transportation system of Istanbul to contactless payment cards, it can be ensured that Istanbul stands out among the tourist-friendly smart cities after the pandemic.
As a result of the pandemic conditions that have been going on for more than a year, contactless card payments have become the most preferred method of payment for consumers. In Europe, more than 80% of face-to-face transactions with Visa cards are now carried out as contactless, and in our country, according to BKM data, contactless payments have jumped the threshold by three times the previous year. Experts predict that this trend will be permanent and the areas of use of contactless payments will become more widespread outside of retail shopping. Public transportation is one of these areas.
More than 400 cities around the world accept contactless payments for transportation with Visa technology
More than 400 cities around the world, including London, New York, Rome and Madrid, where business life and tourism are intense, allow contactless passes with local and foreign credit and debit cards in public transportation with Visa technology. Istanbul, which currently offers a contactless transition experience, has the potential to come to the fore among smart tourist-friendly cities in the post-pandemic period, especially by enabling tourists to use public transportation more easily with this technology.
A smoother experience for passengers
Visa's smart transportation solution provides a smoother experience for passengers. Passengers can use their daily credit and debit cards or their loaded mobile devices to directly pass through the turnstiles. This eliminates the need to carry money, buy tickets or upload money.
Tourist friendly cities will become even more important after the pandemic
This system, which also enables the use of foreign payment cards in transportation, allows tourists to easily pass through the turnstiles with credit or debit cards without thinking about where to buy tickets or waiting in the ticket queue in cities with high tourism potential.
"Our greatest desire is to contribute to the prominence of Istanbul among smart tourist friendly cities"
That further dissemination of contactless credit and debit card access public transport adopted around the world pointing Visa General Manager for Turkey Merve Tezel, "We have a successful history of long years of public transportation in the adoption of digital pay with Visa. As a result of our collaborations with more than 400 cities around the world, we opened public transportation to credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards. We have provided a completely different urban transportation experience to millions of people with these applications that we have implemented with transportation operators, public and private sector and technology business partners. With the global expertise and extensive experience we have acquired, it is our greatest desire to contribute to the prominence of Istanbul among smart tourist friendly cities in the aftermath of the pandemic. " said.