Myki is officially hitting Android phones

25 March 2019

Written by: Allanah Sciberras

Public transport users in Melbourne will soon be using their smartphones as tickets when Mobile Myki launches Thursday.

Melbourne public transport commuters will soon be able to touch on and off with their Android smartphones as of Thursday.

The new technology will use Google Pay to allow commuters to purchase tickets and top up their account anywhere, anytime.

President of Victoria’s Public Transport User Association, Tony Morton, told ABC News that iPhone users will have to wait to use the online ticketing service.

“Unfortunately it’s still only available in Android, but we understand the Government is in negotiations with Apple to extend that to the iPhone platform,” he said.

The online option can be used on trains, trams, and buses.

The introduction comes after extensive testing of the online ticketing program in July 2018.

Feedback from participants rated Mobile Myki 80 percent for overall satisfaction.

Minister of Public Transport Melissa Horne said it will help them to deliver a better transport product.

“It’s the next step in building a smarter, more reliable public transport network and is on top of our record investment in major transport projects – to deliver more services, more often, right across the state,” she said.

Lucky for you Android users, the app will be ready for use as of 7am Thursday.

Photo: C1-class Melbourne tram by Bernard Spragg. NZ available HERE and used under a Public Domain Attribution. The image has not been modified.