traveling in public with iPhone or Apple Watch

Travelers in Arriva’s city buses in Lelystad can now check in and out with a contactless debit or credit card. It is also possible to pay for tickets with Apple Pay.

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OVPay lets you pay in public transport with an iPhone

The system is called OVPay. Because entrance gates and gates have to be renewed, Lelystad is for the time being the only place in the Netherlands where the system is active. Gates that have OVPay can be recognized by the pink logo. The video below explains how the system works.

OVPay allows travelers to check in and out with a contactless debit or credit card, so you can also pay with Apple Pay. That way you can travel by public transport with an iPhone or Apple Watch. It is important that travelers use the same card during check-in and check-out. This is how OVPay works:

  1. Get on the bus and check in with your debit card, credit card or Apple Pay;
  2. Is this your stop? Then check out with the same card that you used to check in;
  3. The payment is automatically processed and the next day you will see the amount in your payment overview.

The new payment system will roll out more widely in the Netherlands in the coming years and should ensure that traveling via public transport should become easier. OVPay allows users to check in and out via a smartphone, debit card or credit card. The OV chip card is also supported. Several transport companies work together on OVPay, including Arriva, GVB, HTM, Qbuzz and NS.

More about Apple Pay

Apple Pay is a method developed by Apple to pay contactless with an iPhone or Apple Watch. The payment service has been available in the Netherlands since 2019. Not all banks support Apple Pay yet. In some countries it is already possible to use Apple Pay on public transport. It is expected that this will also be possible in the Netherlands in the coming years.

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