China Macau bus starts scanning code payment

Take a BUS scanning QR code in Macau to pay the fare will soon be implemented.

Residents of Macao, China, will be able to pay bus fares by scanning their mobile phones starting from Friday (June 7), and will also enjoy preferential bus fares. The gazette of the government of the Macao special administrative region (SAR) published a new provision on the payment method of bus fares on February 27 to facilitate the payment of bus fares through QR codes on mobile apps, further facilitating the use of bus services.

The transport affairs bureau of Macao, China, pointed out earlier that at present, public buses in Macao only accept cash and contactless electronic currency stored value CARDS for payment. With the innovation and development of electronic payment in recent years, some merchants in Macao have also introduced mobile QR codes for small payment.

In line with the SAR government’s smart city development strategy, a new provision has been added to the chief executive’s directive no. 65/2018 regulating bus fares by the Macao transport bureau for passengers who pay their fares electronically approved by the transport bureau and introduced by the Macao SAR credit authority. Passengers can also enjoy the same fare concessions and transfer concessions as the e-Money stored value card from June 7.

According to the macau transport bureau, the first phase of the Mpay mobile phone application (Mpay) provides privileged registered users with mobile bus qr codes (ride codes) to pay their fares and enjoy bus fare discounts (i.e. 3 patacas for regular routes and 4 patacas for express routes) and transfer discounts.

In mainland China, where electronic payments are growing rapidly, there are already many cities where subways and buses can pay their fares through mobile phone scans. In neighboring Zhuhai and other Chinese cities, passengers can download the two-dimensional code of the bus ride on their mobile phones through WeChat or Alipay procedures, and can pay the fare by scanning the code on the car’s camera, eliminating the hassle of carrying change or bus cards.