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BONNsmart - Germany's first open payment system successfully introduced

|   Fare-Collection-Systems

BONNsmart brought “ticketless” travel to Bonn in 2020 and is now set to extend outside of the city. BONNsmart allows the use of public transport with just a contactless credit/debit card or mobile wallet, with no conventional ticket purchase required, and it’s the first system in Germany to offer this innovative and convenient fare collection service.

The system was introduced by SWB Bus und Bahn in September 2020 and has continued to attract more and more passengers ever since. This is evident in the usage figures, which rose from 77,900 trips in 2021 to 131,800 trips in 2022 – an increase of 70%.

“BONNsmart has absolutely proven itself as a system and is ready for the big stage. […] We are ready to share our experience with others. The next logical step is a roll-out beyond Bonn. This can be accomplished with strong partners.” Anja Wenmakers, Managing Director of SWB Bus und Bahn

“As a technology partner of BONNsmart, we are very much looking forward to the next phase of this project and the extension of Germany’s first open payment system beyond the borders of the city of Bonn.” Mike Ax, Scheidt & Bachmann Fare Collection Systems

Read the complete article on the blog of ÖPNV Digitalisierungsoffensive NRW (German).

BONNsmart is a joint funded project of SWB Bus und Bahn, Postbank, the Kompetenzcenter Digitalisierung NRW, Visa and technology partner Scheidt & Bachmann. Read more


Learn more about Scheidt & Bachmann's open payment and account-based ticketing solutions and our open payment projects.

As an active member of UITP's Urban Mobility Open Payment Forum, we aim to advance adoption of open loop payment systems in public transport across the globe.


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