Its amazing how long London has had oyster/contactless. More accurately its amazing how many places still are cash only or if they have finally gone for some kind of oyster/contactless its amazing how badly implamented it is.
It is the only option in Edinburger. I was getting a bus from another location to Glasgow yesterday and was utterly amazed it had a contactless pay option! Never seen that on a bus before (and I am a heavy bus user for work).
I also work in some deprived areas where many folk don't have bank accounts so can only use cash.
I always prefer to pay by cash on the bus, sometimes they don't have the machines or look really scary if you ask them.
Cash on buses is no longer an option in the smoke, it's all contactless. Threw The Kaptain completely on a visit a few years back.
It did indeed. I'd never encountered the idea before. It was something that apparently visitors to the south of England were just supposed to know, and to be able to operate without any guidance at all - other than the bus driver shouting "DONTAKEASHOYSTAH!" at one. Which was...less than helpful when one was unclear what shellfish had to do with anything.
In the end I discovered that I could get on a bus buy paying an undisclosed sum of money by means of a debit card, and receiving no confirmation I had purchased the right to travel on said bus or how much I had paid for it after the event. (To this day I am still unclear as to what the fare actually was - which does not impress me as a way to run a public transport service).
Buses around here all take cash and give change, and only the bus company owned by the University have contactless payment machines on them at all. As far as I am aware cash money is generally the only way one can buy a ticket on the bus here. (I am also used to it being the norm in most places I have been in. It is relatively rare for me to encounter card payment options on a bus.