About Octopus Card
Octopus card is a contactless stored value card that provides customers a simple, safe and secure way to pay. First launched in 1997 across public transport systems, the applications of the Octopus card (and other physical Octopus devices such as watches, key rings, ornaments, etc.) have since continued to grow. From a simple way to pay fares on public transport, Octopus has extended its reach into small-value payments in the retail sector as well as many other applications, including government tolled tunnel, parking, access control for residential and commercial building, support for various facilities in schools and self-service kiosks. The card can also be used online with compatible NFC devices. Today, more than 34.8 million Octopus cards are in circulation, with 99% of people in Hong Kong using Octopus cards to travel, shop and dine without the hassle of cash.
Octopus card is secure, highly durable and reliable. There are many types of Octopus cards, including On-Loan Octopus, Sold Octopus, Bank Co-Brand Octopus, Cross Border Octopus, Octopus Mobile SIM (a mobile phone SIM card with embedded Octopus functions) and Smart Octopus in Samsung Pay. On-Loan Octopus have adult, elder and child versions, and can either be anonymous or personalised.
Octopus payment has been rolled out at government tolled tunnels and roads. With just one tap of Octopus, drivers are free from the hassle of cash.
Government tolled tunnels and roads accepting Octopus payment:
- Shing Mun Tunnels
- Aberdeen Tunnel
- Cross Harbour Tunnels
- Lantau Link
- Tseung Kwan O Tunnel
- Lion Rock Tunnel
The application of the Octopus card covers Macau and Shenzhen also. It brings convenience to people frequently travel among Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau.