Thameslink’s Luton Airport shuttle bus now takes contactless payment Image: Govia Thameslink Railway

Contactless payment for rail fares coming in autumn

A new contactless payment system has been introduced onboard Thameslink’s Luton Airport Shuttle bus today (26 June).

Customers travelling between the airport and Luton Airport Parkway railway station will be able to tap their contactless bank cards on the reader to pay for a single fare.

They will also be able to ask the driver for a specific fare (for example a return for three people) and receive a paper ticket and receipt.

The new contactless option onboard the shuttle bus comes ahead of plans to extend contactless Pay As You Go (PAYG) to Luton Airport Parkway train station, which Thameslink plans to introduce this autumn.

Customers using contactless to travel from London to the airport, when it becomes available in the autumn, will see two separate charges.

There will be one for the rail journey and another for the bus journey.

The through fare to the airport will be the same as the ‘add on’ fare option (i.e. rail journey to Luton Airport Parkway plus the bus fare on top).

Govia Thameslink Railway head of revenue development and retail, Liam Ludlow, said:

“We’re pleased to introduce contactless payments onboard our shuttle bus and look forward to bringing contactless Pay As You Go to Luton Airport Parkway station later this year. Our aim is to make passengers’ journeys as smooth and straight forward as possible.”