The EZ-Link card is a convenient smart card, equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, enabling users to conduct contactless transactions. This card has become a staple in Singapore for its ease of use.
Introduced in 2002 by EZ-Link Pte Ltd, a branch of the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the primary goal of this system is to streamline payment processes, making them faster and more efficient for consumers.
It's common knowledge that the EZ-Link card is predominantly utilized for settling fares across various public transport options in Singapore. This includes buses, MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), and LRT (Light Rail Transit).
Travelers simply have to 'tap in' and 'tap out' at station gates or when boarding buses, using the card readers provided. This method eliminates the need for cash, offering a smoother travel experience.
But, there's more to EZ-Link than just covering your travel expenses. It's also accepted in several other places. Let's explore these options in detail. Stay with us till the end!
First and foremost, the EZ-Link card is widely used for paying MRT fares, known for its convenience.
Travelers simply tap the card at the MRT entry gate and again at the exit. The fare determined by the distance covered is automatically deducted from the card's balance. Isn't that straightforward? For newcomers eager to navigate the MRT in Singapore, read the article below:
Moving on to other forms of public transport, city buses are another domain where EZ-Link shines. It's accepted for fare payments on buses operated by any company, including SBS Transit, SMRT, or Tower Transit.
The process is similar to ride the MRT. Riders tap their EZ-Link card on the reader near the driver's seat upon entering and use the reader near the back door to tap out when exiting.
Beyond the MRT and buses, EZ-Link extends to taxis and other private transport services. A growing number of taxis are now fitted with EZ-Link card readers. This allows passengers to settle their fares in a manner akin to public transport.
To discover which taxi companies and private transport providers accept EZ-Link, please refer to the link here.
Apart from transportation, EZ-Link cards are also handy for vending machine purchases. A personal favorite of ours in Singapore is iJooz, known for its fresh orange juice.
iJooz machines press the juice right in the machine, offering a delightful and healthy drink at an affordable price – SGD 2 generally, or SGD 3 at tourist spots. It's a must-try in Singapore.
On occasions when we didn't have the exact cash, we easily paid with our EZ-Link cards. Simply tapping the card on the reader initiates the machine, and voilà, your orange juice is ready! To find out which other vending machines accept EZ-Link, you can check this link.
Another great use for EZ-Link is at shopping and retail outlets. Places like Takashimaya Mall, People's Optics, and convenience stores such as Cheers and 7 Eleven accept EZ-Link for payments.
This means no more digging through your bag for cash. Just a quick tap of your EZ-Link card, and your purchase is complete.
However, it's wise to verify if a particular store accepts EZ-Link before you shop. For a list of participating shopping and retail outlets, click here.
Food and beverage outlets are next on the list! It's not just limited to restaurants and cafés; even hawker centers and coffee shops are on board with accepting EZ-Link payments.
For instance, many stalls at the Maxwell Food Center at 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore, are equipped to accept EZ-Link. To explore more dining places where you can use your EZ-Link card, visit this link!
Another intriguing use of the EZ-Link card is for parking payments. The EZ-Link Motoring Card, specially designed for this purpose, works seamlessly with in-vehicle units (IUs) and future on-board units (OBUs), catering to your Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system requirements.
Even if you don't have the specific Motoring Card, your standard EZ-Link card is still functional for parking payments, making the process much simpler. For additional details on this feature, click here!
Last but not least, EZ-Link cards are accepted for various government services, including public libraries and community clubs across Singapore. To learn more about which government services facilitate EZ-Link payments, visit this link.
So, these are eight types of places where EZ-Link payments are welcomed. Not only is this method convenient and versatile, but you can also monitor your transaction history through the EZ-Link app, aiding in effective financial tracking.
Furthermore, topping up your EZ-Link card is a breeze. For more information on this, you can refer to the articles below: