You can now pay for Manly ferry tickets by tapping your Mastercard

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The NSW government has taken the next step in electronic payments for commuters on the Manly ferry, launching a trial to allow passengers to pay at the Opal gates using a Mastercard.

Transport minister Andrew Constance said 40% of passengers are visitors to Sydney, and now anyone catching the F1 service from Circular Quay or Manly without an Opal card doesn’t need to buy a single ticket and can pay with a tap of ta credit or debit card, or mobile device linked to one of those accounts

“Australia is a world leader in the uptake of contactless payments in the retail sector so it makes sense to trial this convenience with our transport customers,” he said.

“This is part of the Government’s focus on adapting the technologies of today to make the customer experience easier while testing out this technology for the future.”

The cost is the same as a normal single ticket, and other card providers are expected to sign on later this year.