The Queensland Government has announced that Smart Ticketing is now live on all Brisbane River Ferries.

Adult-fare customers travelling on Brisbane River ferries can now use Smart Ticketing to pay the same as an adult go card fare. This first milestone comes as part of the progressive rollout of new contactless payments across all buses and ferries in South East Queensland.

Smart Ticketing payment methods are contactless Visa, Mastercard or American Express debit or credit cards, including cards in the digital wallet of a smartphone, smart watch or other smart devices. 

While customers have been able to pay for their travel using Smart Ticketing payment methods for some time on South East Queensland trains and trams, it is a new feature for those who regularly use Brisbane River ferries. 

It is expected to benefit visitors to Brisbane who can now use Smart Ticketing to travel on the ferries without needing to purchase a go card or paper ticket.

With the Smart Ticketing project being delivered in a phased approach, planning is underway for the rollout to Southern Moreton Bay Island ferries and all South East Queensland buses in 2024. 

Once complete, all modes of public transport in South East Queensland will have Smart Ticketing available for adult-fare customers. 

Customers travelling on a child or concession fare will need to continue to use their go card or purchase a paper ticket and until the rollout extends to buses, customers using a connecting bus service will also need to continue using their go card. 

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