Another aspect of daily life becomes more technical from early on Sunday when fewer coins will jangle on Citybus and New World First Bus, which are extending QR code payments on over 300 routes.
The payments take in AlipayHK's EasyGo and Transit QR code and UnionPay's Transit QR code.
Commuters opting for such payments must open a QR code on their phones before boarding then scan the code with the e-payment system reader installed next to the Octopus fare processing unit. Adult fares are set on the e-payment system reader while buttons for the children and elderly fare are provided on the screen as well.
Passengers using a QR code payment with the same user account can continue to enjoy a bus-bus interchange fare concession, two-way section fares and Citybus Cityflyer same-day return fare discounts.
But the HK$2 fare concession for passengers aged 60 to 64 traveling on Citybus routes on Sundays and public holidays is not applicable to QR code payment except Octopus cards. That will be a relief.
And if you're an oldie wondering whatever next, look out for e-payment services with no-contact and mobile credit cards within this year.