Apple Pay Express Transit expands in the UK to all First Bus group travel operators
Apple Pay Express Transit has been expanded in the UK for the first time since launch, with the service now available across one of the UK’s largest bus operators, First Bus.
First Bus, with a fleet of approximately 5,200 buses in the UK, added Apple Pay Express Transit support late last year, but the expansion of the service has seemingly been overlooked until now. With Express Transit, passangers can pay for their journey by simply tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch on the bus’s card reader, without having to authenticate the payment with Face ID or Touch ID, even when the battery on the device has died.
Apple Pay Express Transit launched in the UK in late 2019 on the London Underground. Since then, the service has expanded to other metro services across the world including, all forms of public transport that accept Octopus card in Hong Kong, oporators in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, DC, and more.
In a post online, First Bus said: “For those of you using Apple Pay, we are now accepting Express Mode on our buses. With Express Mode for Apple Pay, just tap the blue card reader with your device (iPhone or Apple Watch) when boarding the bus. There is no need to wake or unlock the device, open an app or use Face ID or Touch ID, easy and quick!”
Thanks for the tip, Dee.