Rome introduces contactless payment for ticket-free metro

This is a further significant step towards digital transformation in public transport. The new Atac payment system places Rome among a small group of cities in Italy and around the world that offer similar services, such as Milan, London, Moscow, Chicago, Singapore and Vancouver

Rome’s public transport company ATAC has introduced fast-track payment turnstiles for the city’s metro and train network, allowing passengers to pay using a contactless credit or debit card.


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The Tap&Go system has been hailed by Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi as “a real revolution for public transport that will make life easier for those who use the metro every day.”

Rome contactless payment

The system, launched by the mayor on 18 September, works by placing the credit or debit card near the Tap&Go reader which debits the ticket fee automatically.

The journey must start on the metro although it may be continued on the city’s overground transport for the 100-minute duration of a normal €1.50 ticket.

Currently around half of the city’s metro turnstiles are equipped with the contactless card readers which will be installed by the end of the year at all metro stations on the A, B / B1 and C lines, and on the Roma-Lido, Roma-Viterbo and Termini-Centocelle railways.

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