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Metro card: how to recharge and check balance of Metro Card online

Metro Card recharge, which once required standing in a queue, can now easily be done online without any hassle. Not only do the official websites of metro rail corporations allow users to recharge online, but digital wallet platforms like Paytm also offer the same. Users can also check the balance of the metro card online to know when the next recharge is due.

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Currently, metro rail exists in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. In this article, we will cover how to recharge and check balance of Metro Card online. In case you are a regular metro commuter, it’s wise to invest in a metro card to avoid queues and save. Let’s take a look at how you can recharge and check balance of Metro Card online for each city mentioned before.

Delhi Metro Card

How to recharge and check Delhi Metro Card balance online

How to recharge and check Delhi Metro Card balance online

Delhi Metro users can get a new metro card for Rs 150 including a refundable security amount of Rs 50.  Afterwards, the minimum value for recharge is Rs 200 and goes up to Rs 3,000. The validity of Delhi Metro card is 10 years. Below are the steps to recharge your metro card online.

How to recharge Delhi Metro card online

  1. Visit the official Delhi Metro Rail portal
  2. Enter the 12-digit card ID and recharge amount
  3. Enter the captcha and click on ‘Continue’
  4. Make payment using a debit card, credit card, net banking or Paytm
  5. Go to Add Value Machine (AVM) at the metro station and complete the topup

How to check Delhi metro card balance online

Users can check their metro card balance through add value machines, customer care centers, automatic token vending machines, and while exiting the metro. While swiping the card at the exit, the gate will display the current balance. Currently, Delhi Metro doesn’t have the facility to check balance online.

Mumbai Metro Card

Mumbai Metro card can be recharged online on Reliance website

Mumbai Metro card can be recharged online on the Reliance website

Mumbai metro is operated by Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure (69 percent), MMRDA, (26 percent), and Veolia Transport RATP Asia, France (5 percent). As such, the online recharge facility is provided by Reliance Infrastructure. Here’s how you can recharge Mumbai metro card online.

How to recharge Mumbai Metro card online

  1. Visit the Mumbai Metro Instacharge portal
  2. Enter your Smart Card (CSC) number printed on the back of the card
  3. Re-enter the CSC number to confirm
  4. Enter the captcha and click ‘Confirm’
  5. Input the recharge amount on the next page
  6. Select the payment gateway options and click on ‘Recharge’
  7. Provide your personal details including name, email id, and phone number
  8. Choose from credit card, debit card, and netbanking
  9. Make the payment
  10. You can now validate the topup from any of the metro station ticket vending machines after two hours

Keep in mind that your Mumbai metro card must have Rs 5 remaining balance to be able to recharge online. Additionally, the minimum recharge amount for Mumbai metro card is Rs 100. The validity of Mumbai Metro card is six months, which keeps extending with every recharge.

How to check Mumbai metro card balance online

You can check your Mumbai metro card balance through the Mumbai Metro Instacharge portal as well. Below are the steps.

  1. Visit the Mumbai Metro Instacharge portal
  2. Enter your Smart Card (CSC) number printed on the back of the card
  3. Re-enter the CSC number to confirm
  4. Enter the captcha and click ‘Confirm’
  5. On the next page, you’ll be shown the current balance

Hyderabad Metro Card

Hyderabad Metro Rail Smart Card can be purchased from a ticketing office at any of the metro stations for Rs 100. Of the Rs 100, Rs 50 is a one-time security deposit. The minimum recharge value is Rs 50 and the maximum amount is Rs 3,000. The card comes with a validity of one year. You can recharge your Hyderabad metro card online on the official website.

How to recharge Hyderabad Metro card online

  1. Visit the Hyderabad metro card recharge portal
  2. If recharging for the first time, sign up by providing your name, smart card ID, mobile number, email ID, and password
  3. On the next page, choose the ‘Recharge’ option
  4. Choose the recharge amount from the drop-down list
  5. Click on ‘I agree’ checkbox and tap on ‘Recharge’ to proceed
  6. Choose from Paytm wallet, debit/credit card or net banking payment options
  7. At the metro station, visit the ticket vending machine or add value machine and select the prepaid top-up option to complete the recharge

How to check Hyderabad metro card balance online

Currently Hyderabad Metro doesn’t have the facility to check the smart card balance online. Users can head to the nearby Metro station after 2 hours and check the details at Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) or Add Value Machine (AVM) by selecting the prepaid top-up option.

Bengaluru Metro Card

The Bangalore Metro Card, also called Namma Metro card can be purchase for Rs 50 from any metro stations in the city. The Rs 50 is the charge for the card and users will need to top-up their card further with a desired amount to be able to travel. The card is valid for 60 days, which extends with every subsequent recharge. Below is the procedure to recharge the Namma metro card online.

How to recharge Bangalore Metro card online

  1. Go to the official BMRC portal
  2. Click on the Quik Topup button on the homescreen
  3. Enter the Engraved ID (card number), recharge amount, email ID, name, mobile number, and captcha
  4. Click on ‘Next’
  5. Choose from various payment options and complete the transaction

Once you have completed the transaction, you’ll need to visit the Automatic Gate (AG) at the nearest metro station to complete the recharge process.

How to check Bangalore metro card balance online

Bangalore Metro doesn’t offer the facility of checking metro card recharge balance online as of now. However, the customer can visit the nearest metro and check their balance at the Automatic Gate or on the Remaining Value Check Terminal (RVCT) near Customer Card/EF.

Chennai Metro Card

The Chennai metro card can be purchased from any metro station for a small sum of Rs 50 and desired add value. The maximum recharge amount for the Chennai metro card is Rs 2,000 and it comes with a validity of one year. Below are the steps to recharge Chennai Metro Card online.

How to recharge Chennai Metro card online

Currently, the official website of Chennai Metro shows that the online recharge facility will be available soon. However, you can still recharge online using the CMRL app on the smartphone. Below are the steps to do so.

  1. Download the CMRL app from Play Store or App Store
  2. Open the app and select Travel Debit/Credit recharge
  3. Enter your card details by clicking on ‘Add new card’ option
  4. Choose from debit card, credit card, and netbanking payment options
  5. Make payment

How to check Chennai metro card balance online

As of now, Chennai metro card balance cannot be checked online. Passengers will have to head to nearest metro station and show their card on the Ticket Reader installed near Customer Card/EFO. Alternatively, they can insert the card in at the AVM/TVM installed at every metro station and then clicking on theHistory button.

Kolkata Metro Card

Passengers can purchase the Kolkata metro card at all stations for Rs 60 and a minimum recharge value of Rs 100. The Kolkata Metro Smart Card comes with a validity of one year. Below are the steps to recharge your Kolkata metro card online.

How to recharge Kolkata Metro card online

  1. Visit the official online recharge portal of Kolkata Metro
  2. Enter you metro card number and retype it to confirm
  3. Provide your email ID
  4. Input your mobile number
  5. Enter captcha
  6. Select recharge amount from the dropdown ( Rs 100, Rs 200, Rs 300, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000)
  7. Click on ‘Make payment’
  8. Choose your preferred mode of payment and complete the transaction

How to check Kolkata metro card balance online

Currently, there’s no way to check the Kolkata metro card balance online. Passengers will have to touch their Kolkata metro card on the Add Value Machine (AVM) in the metro station to check balance.

How to claim online recharge at metro station

Once you have recharged your metro card online, you will still need to visit the nearest metro station to complete the recharge and add the top-up value to your card. Below is the process to do the same.

  1. Go to the Add Value Machine (AVM) installed at the metro station
  2. Touch your metro card to the AVM and select the ‘Top Up’ option
  3. The machine will show a prompt saying ‘Top Up is available’
  4. Tap on ‘Valid’
  5. Your charge process is complete

How to recharge metro card and check balance on Paytm

Passengers can easily recharge or check their balance on Paytm as well. The online digital payment platform currently lets Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai Metro passengers avail recharge services on its platform. Follow the steps below to recharge and check the balance of your metro card on Paytm.

Metro Passengers of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore can easily recharge their metro card on Paytm

Metro Passengers of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore can easily recharge their metro card on Paytm

How to recharge metro card on Paytm

  1. Open the Paytm app on your smartphone
  2. Tap on ‘All services’ under ‘My Paytm’ tab
  3. In the sidebar, tap on ‘Recharge and Pay Bills’
  4. Select ‘Metro’ from the list
  5. On the next page, click on ‘Change City’ and choose your city from the dropdown
  6. Enter your card number
  7. Input desired recharge amount
  8. Click on ‘Proceed’
  9. Take your pick from Wallet, UPI, debit card, credit card, and netbanking
  10. Complete transaction

You’ll have to visit the TVM or AVM at the nearest metro station to complete the recharge process.

How to check balance of metro card on Paytm

  • Open the official website of Paytm or app
  • Go to the Metro section and select the relevant metro
  • Enter your metro card number
  • Now, click on the check balance option
  • You will see the balance by expanding the consumer details tab

Metro card recharge offers on Paytm

Paytm has an ongoing offer for metro card recharges on its platform, where users can get Rs.100 cashback by completing five Delhi Metro recharges in 35 days. The minimum recharge value for the offer is Rs 200 and it’s valid only for new metro recharge users, who have completed KYC.

How to recharge metro card and check balance on Amazon

Amazon Pay users can recharge Delhi metro card on the platform

Amazon Pay users can recharge Delhi metro card on the platform

If you are an Amazon Pay user, you can recharge your metro card using the service. However, at the moment, Amazon supports only Delhi Metro card recharge. We can expect the platform to introduce more metro services in the future. Below are the steps to recharge and check your metro card balance on Amazon.

How to recharge metro card on Amazon

  1. Open the Amazon app on your smartphone
  2. Tap on three-line icon in top-left corner
  3. In the sidebar, tap on ‘Amazon Pay’
  4. Click on ‘Explore All’ at the end of second scrollbar under ‘Pay now’ section
  5. Select ‘Metro’ from Recharge section
  6. Enter your smart card number
  7. Input desired recharge amount (Minimum recharge amount is Rs 100)
  8. Click on ‘Proceed’
  9. Take your pick from Wallet, UPI, debit card, credit card, and netbanking
  10. Complete transaction

You’ll have to visit the TVM or AVM at the nearest metro station to complete the recharge process.

How to check balance of metro card on Amazon

Currently, Amazon Pay doesn’t offer the facility to check your metro card balance on its platform. Users need to visit the nearest metro station and tap the card on the AVM machine. Then click on the “Enquiry” button to check your balance

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