Apple Wallet App Gaining Support for Transit Cards in Paris and Toronto

Apple has announced that the Navigo transit card can be added to the Wallet app starting today, allowing iPhone and Apple Watch users to simply tap their devices to pay for rides on the metro, trains, buses, and more in the Paris, France area.

Apple Wallet Paris Navigo Transit Card
With the Navigo card in the Wallet app, a rider no longer needs to visit a ticket vending machine, or reload the card at retailers. Instead, passes can be purchased directly in the Wallet app on the iPhone, or in the Île-de-France Mobilités app.

Apple also announced that real-time transit information for the Paris area will be available in Apple Maps starting this week. This feature will allow riders to view detailed schedules, live departure and arrival times, delays, outages, and any connections required to complete a trip across multiple transit systems.

In related news, it was recently announced that the PRESTO transit card in the Toronto, Canada area will soon support the Wallet app too.

Apple Wallet PRESTO Transit Card Toronto
In both cities, the transit cards will support Express Mode, meaning that riders can simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a payment reader to pay for their ride, without needing to unlock or wake the device. Express Mode continues to work for up to five hours after an iPhone has run out of battery power.

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fwmireault Avatar
5 weeks ago

Too bad it won't happen in Montreal until 2045 at this rate.
God damn you Quebec.
2045? That’s an optimistic timeline
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Evan Davis Avatar
5 weeks ago

I have the Navigo card when I travel to Paris. When I try to add it while I'm at home in the States, it doesn't find it in the search even though I have the app on my phone. I must return to Paris to add it as a transit card it seems.
You don’t need to use the app or your existing card.

Just go into Wallet and hit the + button, then Travel Card, scroll down to France.

It’ll then give you the ticket options. A new virtual card is generated by the Wallet app after payment.

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Evan Davis Avatar
4 weeks ago
I’ve just made a purchase of 10 tickets in advance of a trip to the Olympics in August.

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A few things to note.

1. The card is automatically added to Wallet after payment
2. If the card adding fails, it’ll be available to add later. You won’t lose your card.
3. You can have both the Travel Card AND a debit/credit card active in Express Transit. It’ll use whichever one is valid in the transit system you are using.
4. You can be notified when you are running low on tickets
5. There’s a tab for transactions.

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Evan Davis Avatar
4 weeks ago

If the virtual Navigo card can get transferred to a new phone once you upgrade your device just like all other cards in  Pay can then the initial 2 EUR deposit is negligible in the long run.
There's no €2 deposit/fee for the virtual card. Only the physical plastic card has that fee.

I'd expect that if you got a new iPhone, you might not (or maybe you might) be able to transfer the card. You'd just get a new virtual card. Not sure what would happen to your 10 ticket carnet if you had bought one of them and had to replace your iPhone if the virtual card can't be transferred over.
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adrianlondon Avatar
5 weeks ago

I have the Navigo card when I travel to Paris. When I try to add it while I'm at home in the States, it doesn't find it in the search even though I have the app on my phone. I must return to Paris to add it as a transit card it seems.
Unfortunately, the new functionality is for creating a totally new, virtual, wallet-Navigo. I also have an existing card and there's no way to transfer the remaining credit/carnet to the wallet.

There's a €2 deposit on the physical card I own which I don't think one can get refunded if I decide to move over to the virtual/wallet version, so I'll just stick with using the card for now.

This is quite different to other cards, such as Octopus (Hong Kong) and Pasmo (Japan) which scanned the cards and took the remaining credit from the physical cards to the new virtual ones.
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nebo1ss Avatar
5 weeks ago

You can still use the app, but you won't be able to add your existing card to Wallet.

Wallet allows you to buy (using Apple Pay only) the ticket or pass in that app and then creates a virtual card to use with your iPhone or Apple Watch.

It seems designed more for irregular/tourist use.
Yes you are spot on I did as you outlined and purchased five tickets. I have 2 cards on Wallet one of which is a multi currency card so was able to pay in Euro's
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