You Can Now Tap In With Your Samsung

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 13 months ago
You Can Now Tap In With Your Samsung
We're not 100% this phone's a Samsung, but anyway. Photo: Dave Kirwin

Samsung Pay is now in action for pay as you go users across London's transport network.

Anyone with a Galaxy S8/S8+, S7/S7 edge, or S6/S6 edge* can tap in/out on bus, tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, River Bus and most National Rail services in London. Oh, and the Emirates Air Line, should the mood take you.

What's the benefit? Aside from stringent security measures (including fingerprint and iris reading technology), Samsung Pay sounds like it's easier to use than Apple Pay. Whereas with the latter, you need to faff about with screens/buttons before getting to the ticket gate/reader — all you need to do with Samsung Pay is touch the middle of your phone on the reader. No need to press anything or have the screen on. In theory, this could lessen the ticket bunch-up you sometimes get at rush hour, thanks to unprepared iPhone users.

Says Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL, "It's great to see another mobile ticketing option introduced into the market... Samsung Pay will significantly benefit customers using this simple and secure mobile payment solution."

Over 900 million TfL journeys have been made using contactless technology, since it was launched on London buses in 2012 and tube and rail services in 2014.

*Subject to a software update.

Last Updated 01 June 2017


If you have to 'faff about' with an iPhone, because you are too stupid to use it, the answer is not to buy a Samsung. The answer is perhaps to limit yourself to more traditional payment methods. Trying to argue that the iPhone is somehow difficult or inconvenient to use is such a stupid opinion. The iPhone, and the various Android copies of it, have become the de facto standard for modern smartphones precisely because people find them easy to relate to. Simply because Samsung have made their own version of Apple Pay does not mean it is some big revolution. It's like trying to argue that Visa is easier to use than MasterCard or vice versa. Just BS 'reporting' with personal bias.

Alex M

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Samsung Pay requires a swipe up and a fingerprint scan to activate, essentially making it exactly the same amount of "faff" as an iPhone. Heck, if I use my Apple Watch it's one gesture and far less faff than either phones.
Gotta be honest, with sPay being so new this article really comes across as a thinly veiled advert for it.


You have been able to do this using Android Pay (also with no unlocking, swiping, faffing etc.) on all modern Android phones (including Samsung) on TFL for ages now. How come no mention?

Jon Gibson

One day we won't carry money.

Richard Schembri

iPhones don't require you to press any buttons to use Apple Pay, only to have your thumb comfortably resting over the Touch ID sensor. This definitely sounds like an article written with sponsorship or bias, I'm dissapointed Londonist.

Clunking Fist

But will it work through a protective case? My wife kept taking her Galaxy S5 out of its Otter case for "Snapper", WellingtonNZ's version of Oyster. And after 2 smashes and repairs, third time, she now uses a hand-me-down phone.