Thailand’s Old Trains Get New-Age Payment System

Published on 7th July 2018 by Stickboy BKK

Thailands Old Trains Get New-Age Payment System

Thailand’s state railway reached the first stop on its long journey to become a cashless system with the introduction of QR code-based ticket purchasing.

The State Railway of Thailand and Kasikornbank have teamed up to put 140 code readers in 56 stations nationwide. Fourteen of those are in Bangkok at Hua Lamphong station.

In order to use the QR code readers, however, you must have a credit card and a mobile banking app. Kasikorn’s system scans the QR code generated by the app, charging the fare to Visa or Mastercard, including debit cards carrying either logo.

The readers are the first step in what will be a very long route to being a cashless railway. Currently 92 percent of all riders pay cash for tickets and nearly all the rest are paid for by credit cards.

KBank President Patchara Samalapa said that KBank the QR code payment service already is in use at Thai airlines, ferries and public bus systems. Its partnership with the SRT “caters to the changing lifestyle of commuters and makes the payment process fast and convenient, while offering them a seamless experience toward the cashless society,” he said.

In addition, the QR code payment for train service will help SRT reduce the management cost and ease the workload of SRT officers, Patchara said.

Hopefully that translates into the purchase of newer trains that actually run on time.

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