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Already 10.000 SMS tickets sold at De Lijn

A week after the launch of the new SMS ticketing service, Flemish transport company De Lijn has already sold 10.000 tickets by SMS.  That’s an average of 1.300 SMS tickets per day.

Buying a SMS ticket can be done by sending the code DL (ticket for 60 minutes) or the code DL120 (ticket for 120 minutes) to the shortcode number 4884.  The confirmation message that is received, can be used as a valid ticket on the bus.  The ticket costs 1,30 euro for 1 hour or 2,10 euro for 2 hours, which is about 28% cheaper than the tickets bought from the bus driver.

SMS ticket for the bus available in February

As of the 1st of February 2010, passengers travelling by bus in Flanders will be able to buy their ticket by SMS.  Public transport company De Lijn has worked out a SMS payment system, but unfortunately only with Proximus.  Negociations with Mobistar and Base are being held but not yet finished.

To buy the ticket, you just send a SMS to the shortcode 4884.   If your bus ride lasts 60 minutes or less, you send the code DL at a tariff of 1,30 Euro; for 120 minutes you send DL120 and you pay 2,10 Euro.  The confirmation SMS that is received, counts as your bus ticket.  De Lijn claims the SMS ticket is about 28% cheaper than the ticket bought from the bus driver.