Metro riders can pay for tickets with WeChat or Alipay at the ticket machines at Line 9 stations starting from 11 a.m. today.
After choosing a destination and the number of tickets, riders can scan the QR code that pops up on the screens of the machines to pay for the fare using WeChat or Alipay.
The mobile payment service was first introduced on a trial basis at Shenzhen Bay Park Station in October, which proved effective and widely accepted. At each station along Line 9, at least two ticket machines have been upgraded to support the mobile payment function.
Cashless payment makes using the Metro more convenient for riders, especially tourists and visitors from other cities who have to line up for tickets and often create long lines during holidays, as it eliminates the need to get change to buy tickets.
At present, 24 iTVMs (Internet-based ticket vending machine) at 12 stations on Line 1 have been upgraded to provide ticket booking and collection services.
Riders can also purchase tickets in advance through Shenzhen Metro Co.’s mini app and then collect the tickets by scanning the QR code on an iTVM.
The mobile payment function will soon be added to the new version of Shenzhen Metro app.
According to the company, Metro Line 11 will offer mobile payment services before the end of the month. Other lines operated by Shenzhen Metro, including lines 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, will offer the service before year’s end.