Customers will be able to pay for food and drink costing £15 or less if their Visa debit or credit cards have the contactless feature enabled.
McDonald’s hopes the service, launched jointly with Visa Europe, will be in place at its 1,200 UK restaurants by this summer.
Jill McDonald, president and chief executive of McDonald’s UK, says: “We were the first major quick-service restaurant to launch payment by cards and we’re delighted to be leading the way again with the roll out of contactless payment technology.”
In-store and point of sale marketing activity will push the service ahead of launch.
The payment services company estimates that there will be 20 million contactless Visa cards in use in the UK by the end of 2011.