The State Railway of Thailand (SRT), in cooperation with Kasikornbank (Kbank) have introduced a traing ticket payment service via QR Code at Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong Station).
Voravuth Mala, Acting governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), said that the new service offers convenience and another payment channel for train passengers.
He added that SRT and KBank have installed EDC machines at many train stations to accept fare payment with VISA and MasterCard credit cards. There will be 140 EDC machines available at 56 main stations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Nongkhai, Hat Yai Junction, Chumphon, among others. Of this, 14 are located at Bangkok station. Customers will be able to scan QR code of any mobile banking service via EDC to buy train tickets. This initiative marks another milestone of SRT to embrace the cashless society. Additional EDC machines will be gradually installed to ensure service coverage.
At present, 2.4 million Thai and international passengers use rail transport services per month or around 80,000 daily and the number is set to increase in line with Thailand's booming tourism industry, particularly after the completion of additional rail transport systems including dual-track railway and high-speed train. Currently, a majority of 92 percent of passengers prefer using cash to pay for train fares, with only 6 percent of them using credit card for payment.