There will be no price increase; digital tickets will be available at the same price as the traditional ones.
Edit Juhász, Secretary of financial and public utility services, announced that the test period of e-ticket project in Budapest public transport will get started by next month.
As she said – “The most important elements of a modern and efficient public transport system are cashless ticket payment and e-ticketing”.
In June 2018, The National Mobile Payment Plc. introduced its project of mobile-based ticket payment that turned out to be an excellent solution to avoid queuing-up for long hours. Later on, Kecskemét and Debrecen also joined this procedure.
It is important to mention that the digital ticket system will issue no additional cost, neither regarding public transport nor in the case of adventure parks. They will be available at their original price.
According to Mihály Veres, Chief Executive of The National Mobile Payment Plc., the most demanded services of the five-year-old mobile payment system are motorway vignettes and parking, while they are continuously working on providing more services to their clientele. The system has completed 137 million transactions so far, satisfying 2.6 million users. He added – 95 service providers were integrated into the system, including banks, mobile operators and Hungarian SMEs.
According to the Chief Executive, public services should be digitalised as it would result in a more transparent and trustworthy digital economy. The cloud-based infrastructure provides the integration of the service providers, while consumers have the freedom of choice by the complex platform.
As it is reported by the Hungarian news portal szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, the company supports the idea of making electronic products available at a lower price than those which are purchased in a traditional cash-based way. The number of electronic payments in Hungary shows an increasing tendency; however, 80% of money circulation still happens in cash, which should be changed – added Mihály Veres.
The majority of them are state subsidies and social allowances. By way of example, educational support could be demanded by mobile payment. The proportion of e-payment could reach 50% if such social transfers would be resolved by applying digital tools.