The Filipino Commuter’s Guide to Using Beep Card

Venus Zoleta
Beep Card Guide for Filipino Commuters | Moneymax

Modern cashless payment tools such as Beep cards make our commuting life easier and hassle-free. But to maximize the benefits of using a Beep card, you have to know how to use it properly.

Here’s a quick beginner’s guide to using a Beep card in the Philippines.

What is Beep Card?

Beep Card Guide for Filipino Commuters - What is Beep Card?

beepTM is a reloadable stored-value card in the Philippines mainly used to pay electronically for public transportation fares at Metro Manila’s train stations and select bus terminals.

This smart card makes payments more convenient for Filipino commuters. When using this card, you’ll spend less time queuing for train or bus tickets compared to when paying in cash. It also allows you to pay for your fare even if you don’t have coins or exact change.

How Much is a Beep Card?

The Beep card price is PHP 30, which is a one-time issuance fee per card. Beep cards are valid for four years.

What are the Uses of a Beep Card?

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Launched in 2015, the Beep card was initially intended for the riding public in LRT1, LRT2, and MRT3. Eventually, several bus lines (including the BGC Bus, Citylink buses, and most P2P buses) started to accept fare payments using Beep cards.

Over the years, the smart card’s functionality has expanded to include payments for other types of transactions, such as the following:

  • Toll fee payments in NLEX and CAVITEX
  • Fare payments in modern jeepney/PUVs with the following routes:
    • Pasig Palengke to Bagumbayan
    • Fort Bonifacio Gate 3 to Guadalupe
    • San Isidro to Commonwealth Market
  • Clemenisle e-trike fare payments in Intramuros
  • Admission fee payments in Intramuros sites such as Casa Manila, Fort Santiago, and Baluarte de San Diego
  • Purchases at select branches of beepTM partner retail establishments such as Ministop[1], FamilyMart, Wendy’s, Auntie Anne’s, etc.
  • Movie ticket purchases at Robinsons Movieworld
  • Donations to Bantay Bata 163[2] and other cause-oriented groups

Expect the Beep card to be widely accepted in the coming years, particularly in more bus lines, convenience stores, fast-food restaurants, and cafes.

Read more: 6 Ways to Use Your Beep Card Other Than in LRT and MRT

How Do Beep Cards Work?

Beep Card Guide for Filipino Commuters - How to Use Beep Card

If you’ve ever traveled to Singapore, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, you’re probably familiar with their respective smart cards for public transportation. The Beep card works quite similarly with Singapore’s EZ-Link card, HK’s Octopus card, and Taiwan’s EasyCard.

How to Use Beep Card in the MRT/LRT

All you have to do to pay for your fare is to reload your Beep card with sufficient amount, tap it on the card reader of an access gate (with the beep TM logo) as you enter the train station’s platform, and wait for the reader to show your card details.

Once you’ve reached your destination, tap your card again on the reader at the turnstile as you leave the train station. Wait for the card reader to show your remaining balance before you exit.

How to Use Beep Card in a Bus

Before you ride a bus, make sure your card is topped up with the minimum fare amount.

When you get into the bus, tap your card on the machine with the beep TM logo near the driver. The light will turn green to confirm a successful payment transaction. The amount deducted for your fare and your remaining balance will be shown on the small screen. You can then take a seat.

If you’re riding a bus with a single destination and fixed fare, no need to tap your card again when you get out of the bus.

However, if you’re riding a bus with multiple destinations and distance-based fares, you should tap out with your Beep card. This ensures your fare is deducted correctly from your card’s balance.

Can Another Person Use My Beep Card?

You can let somebody else use your card if it’s a standard type (the blue card). Standard Beep cards are transferrable, which means anyone who’s holding a card can use it.

However, personalized Beep cards such as concessionary cards (those issued to senior citizens and PWDs) and co-issued cards are for the exclusive use of the person whose name appears on a card.

How Can I Get a Beep Card?

Beep cards are easily accessible to commuters in Metro Manila. Whether you’re buying your first card or replacing a lost or damaged one, here are the different ways to get a Beep card in the Philippines.

Where to Buy a Standard Beep Card

  • Any LRT1, LRT2, and MRT3 station (through the teller’s booth or the self-service ticket vending machine)
  • All FamilyMart branches in Metro Manila
  • Select bus terminals and stops:
    • BGC Bus – EDSA, Market! Market! and Bonifacio One Technology Tower terminals
    • Citylink – Eastwood, McKinley, Newport, and San Lorenzo Place stops (select times only)
    • HM Transport – Market! Market! and Alabang Town Center terminals
    • RRCG – Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 1, Greenbelt 5, Starmall Alabang and Starmall Shaw stops (select times only)

How to Buy a Beep Card Using a Ticket Vending Machine

Beep Card Guide for Filipino Commuters - How to Buy Beep Card Vending Machine
  1. Select the “Stored Value Card” option on the screen.
  2. Insert your bills and/or coins into the appropriate slots on the machine.
  3. Get your Beep card from the ticket bin.

Where to Buy a Beep Card with Design

Occasionally, limited-edition Beep cards with unique designs are released for sale. These special cards get sold out fast, so buy one while stocks are still available.

Here are the beep cards with designs that are currently available and where you can get them.

Hello Kitty Beep Cards

Beep Card Designs - Hello Kitty Beep Card

Hello Kitty fans can get collectible Beep cards with four different kawaii designs in a combination of classic black, white, and gold. Each card costs PHP 188 (with no load) at all Daiso Japan branches in Metro Manila (including Glorietta, Robinsons Galleria, Shangri-la Plaza, Market! Market!, Trinoma, and more) as well as Daiso Japan’s official store in Shopee [3].

PBA Collectible Beep Cards

Basketball enthusiasts can get collectible cards featuring PBA team logos and premium players in action for PHP 399 each.

PBA collectible Beep cards are available at the following stores:

  • Any Lawson convenience store
  • Lazada
  • Shopee
  • PCWORX branches in Gilmore, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM North EDSA
  • TicketNet Araneta
  • TicketNet Online
  • XYTRIX office

AirAsia Beep Cards

Beep Card Designs - AirAsia Beep Card

Sold at PHP 50 per card (with no load), Beep cards with an AirAsia design can be purchased at select P2P bus terminals/stations:

  • BGC McKinley EDSA
  • BGC Market! Market!
  • RRCG (Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 1, Starmall Alabang)
  • Citylink Eastwood
  • Citylink Newport
  • DNS UP Town Center Katipunan
  • TAS Nuvali Solenad

Beep Cards with Local Weave Designs

Beep Card Designs - Local Weave Beep Card

These cards look quite similar to the standard blue card, except for the ethnic weave designs. You can buy one at any LRT and MRT station.

How to Load a Beep Card

You can load a minimum of PHP 13 and up to PHP 10,000 using any Beep reloading site or online channel.

Beep Card Reloading Stations/Channels in the Philippines

  • Teller booths and ticket vending machines in all LRT1, LRT2, and MRT3 stations
  • E-load stations[4] at LRT1 stations, select P2P bus terminals, and other locations
  • Select terminals and stops of bus lines that accept Beep cards
  • Select branches of Ministop, Bayad Center[5], SM Bills Payment, Robinsons Business Centers, Tambunting, and Villarica
  • All FamilyMart branches and Circle K branches in BGC
  • Select Chinabank ATMs
  • BPI Online and mobile app
  • UnionBank EON (using any Mastercard/Visa debit/prepaid card or EON account)
  • Coins.ph app
  • Akulalu app
  • JustPayto website

How to Load Beep Card Using Coins.ph

  • Access your Coins.ph account.
  • Enable NFC in the settings.
  • Tap the beepTM logo.
  • Tap the Load Card button.
  • Choose your load amount and then slide to start.
  • Place and hold the card to the back of your phone to transfer load.
  • Wait until your new balance is displayed.

Read more: Coins.ph App: A Quick Guide to Using the Mobile Payment Platform

How to Load Beep Card Using a Ticket Vending Machine

  1. Place your card on the reader.
  2. Select “Add Value” on the screen.
  3. Insert the bill or coins into the appropriate slot on the machine. Pay for the exact load amount only because the machine does not provide change.
  4. Wait for the reloading process to complete.
  5. Once your new balance is displayed, remove your card.

How to Load Beep Card Using BPI Online/BPI Mobile App

  1. Access your online banking account via BPI Online or BPI Mobile App.
  2. Under the Payments or Load tab, select “Load e-Wallet.”
  3. Choose “Beep.”
  4. In the Reference Number field, enter your 16-digit Beep card number (found at the back of the card).
  5. Enter the load amount.
  6. Enter your one-time PIN (OTP) for verification.
  7. Go to the nearest beepTM e-load station to verify your transaction and transfer the load to your card.
  8. Insert your Beep card in the slot and wait for your new balance to be displayed on the screen before removing it.

How to Load Beep Card Using UnionBank EON

How to Load Beep Card Using Unionbank
  1. Visit UnionBank EON’s online payment facility[6] for Beep.
  2. Select your load amount.
  3. Click the Continue button.
  4. Enter your 16-digit Beep card number (found at the back of the card).
  5. Click the Checkout button.
  6. Go to the nearest beepTM e-load station to verify your transaction and transfer the load to your card.
  7. Insert your Beep card in the slot and wait for your new balance to be displayed on the screen before removing it.

How to Load Beep Card Using JustPayto

  1. Visit the JustPayto page[7] for Beep reloading.
  2. Enter the 16-digit Beep card number (found at the back of the card).
  3. Select your payment method.
  4. Select your load amount.
  5. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  6. Click the Pay Now button.
  7. Go to the nearest beepTM e-load station to verify your transaction and transfer the load to your card.
  8. Place your Beep card on the slot and wait for your new balance to be displayed on the screen before removing it.

How to Load Beep Card Using China Bank ATM

  • Go to any China Bank ATM and insert your ATM/debit card into the slot.
  • Enter your PIN.
  • Select “Beep Transaction” > “Beep Reload.”
    The screen will show a notification that a PHP 10 service fee will be deducted from your load amount.
  • Choose “Yes” to proceed.
  • Select or enter your load amount.
  • Choose Savings or Checking account.
  • When you hear a tone, tap and hold your Beep card on the designated area under the ATM screen.
  • Your card balance details will be displayed to confirm your successful transaction.
  • Select Print Receipt.
  • Get your receipt, ATM card, and Beep card.

Beep Card Balance: Four Ways to Check

There are various easy ways to check the balance on your Beep card:

  • Any FamilyMart branch and ticket vending machines in any LRT/MRT station – Tap your card on the reader and wait for your balance information to be displayed
  • Teller booths in any LRT/MRT station – Give your card to the teller and request him/her to check your balance.
  • beepTM mobile app
  • Coins.ph app – Tap the beepTM logo and then place and hold your card behind your phone.
    beepTM at select terminals and stops of bus lines that accept Beep cards
  • China Bank ATM:
    1. Go to any China Bank ATM and insert your ATM/debit card into the slot.
    2. Enter your PIN.
    3. Select “Beep Transaction” > “Beep Balance.”
    4. When you hear a tone, tap and hold your Beep card on the designated area under the ATM screen.
    5. Your card balance details will be displayed.
    6. Select “Exit” and get your ATM card and Beep card.

Final Thoughts

Got questions or need help with your Beep card? Call the Beep customer hotline at (02) 8737-9600 and follow its Facebook page and Twitter account  to talk to an agent.

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