Customers purchasing tickets on London’s transport network can now use Samsung Pay, the payment mobile application.

The contactless capabilities of the app allow travellers to use their phone much like they use their Oyster or payment card to pay-as-you-go.

The app supports MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from major UK financial institutions, and will be accepted for journeys by bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, Transport for London (TfL) Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services in the capital city.

Customers simply need to download the app, add their payment card and nominate it as a transport card. This means that once registered, the phone screen does not need to be turned on and users can simply hover the middle of their phone over the yellow card reader (pictured) to ticket their trip.

Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL, said: “It’s great to see another mobile ticketing option introduced into the market. More than 900 million contactless journeys have already been made in London and the ability to nominate a specific transport card with Samsung Pay will significantly benefit customers using this simple and secure mobile payment solution.”

Conor Pierce, vice president of IT & mobile division at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “We hope the UK launch of Samsung Pay will transform the way our customers pay for day-to-day items, giving consumers a safer, smarter mobile wallet.”