Because Apple Pay is based on existing NFC technology, the service works in hundreds of thousands of locations that accept contactless payments in the countries where Apple Pay is accepted. In 2014, Apple Pay launched with a handful of partners but in the last two years, many more stores have started to accept the payments service.
Apple Pay is recognized in over a million restaurants, retail stores, gas stations, grocery stores, and more across the United States. Some of Apple's partners include Best Buy, Target, Bloomingdales, Chevron, Walgreens, Disney, GameStop, Jamba Juice, Kohl's, Lucky, McDonald's, Office Depot, KFC, Trader Joe's, Safeway, Costco, Whole Foods, etc.
Transit systems in major cities in the US and Canada including Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Boston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and 275 cities in China have added support for Apple Pay.
Apple Pay is also available in many places outside of traditional retail stores, including universities, parks, non-profit organizations, Bitcoin payment providers, and even ATMs from Bank of America, Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo.