ComfortDelGro Taxi and Alipay+ announced a partnership that enables mobile payments from Malaysia and South Korea, namely the Touch ‘n Go eWallet and Kakao Pay, to be accepted as cashless payment options in all its Comfort and CityCab taxis. Users of these mobile wallets can simply pay for the cab fare using the wallet apps without the needing to exchange currency.
ComfortDelGro Taxi is Singapore’s taxi operator with an estimated combined fleet of 9,000 Comfort and CityCab taxis. Aside from cash payment, all ComfortDelGro Taxis currently support about 20 different cashless payment methods.
Introduced by Ant Group in 2020, Alipay+ is a suite of global cross-border digital payments and marketing solutions designed to enable businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses, to process a wide range of mobile payment methods and reach 1 billion regional and global consumers, through one-time integration and simple technical adaption.
“With Singapore reopening its borders, we are looking forward to having tourists come to visit. As such, our partnership with Alipay+ is a vital one as it allows cashless payment options such as Malaysia’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet and soon South Korea’s Kakao Pay available on board ComfortDelGro taxis, making it more convenient for both Malaysian and South Korean tourists to pay for taxi fares. This saves them the hassle of having to have ready cash in local currency as they are able to pay the fares upfront on their own Touch ‘n Go eWallet or Kakao Pay App,” said Jackson Chia, CEO of ComfortDelGro.
“Transportation is an essential daily need; taxi of all modes of transportation is even more important especially to travelers. Through the support and collaboration with ComfortDelGro Taxi, we aim to deliver to all users of mobile payments supported by Alipay+ a seamless and smart digital travel experience in Singapore, where they can pay with mobile wallets they are familiar with,” said Cherry Huang, General Manager, Global Merchant Partnership, South and Southeast Asia of Ant Group.
“This partnership also comes at a great time, as Singapore leads the way in opening up its borders and welcomes tourists back in the city state. We believe this is the perfect moment for tourists to reimagine travel experience post pandemic,” added Huang.