Passengers travelling between Taiwan’s capital city Taipei and Taoyuan International Airport on the Taoyuan Airport MRT will be able to pay fares by tapping their credit cards or mobile phones over a tap-and-go reader starting January 16, 2020.

Taoyuan Metro, a rapid transit system serving the Taoyuan City area in Taiwan, will launch the contactless payment for passengers with Visa, Master, and Union Pay cards as well as mobile devices with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, such as Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Those carrying JCB cards will be able to use the tap-and-go service in June, said Taoyuan Metro chairman Liu Kun-I.

The new service was announced last week by Taoyuan Metro at a press conference called “Smart Taoyuan Metro – smart cards lead you forward to the world”.

Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan said the tap-and-go system for the rapid transit (MRT) line linking metropolitan Taipei and Taoyuan International Airport would bring convenience to both domestic and international travellers.

Taoyuan Metro Chairman Liu Kun-I said the company will introduce third-party and e-payment later next year.

The company has previously introduced Wifi and a QR code system for fare payment in the last two years.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT, which began service in March 2017, is a transit line that connects the municipalities of Taipei, New Taipei, and Taoyuan with Taoyuan International Airport.