Instant Bank Pay
Collect one-off payments seamlessly
Complement your recurring payments with a simple, convenient way to collect one-off payments powered by open banking.
Tackle the challenges of collecting one-off payments
The current options are limited: cards have expensive transaction fees; bank transfers offer a poor customer experience; bank debit is not optimised for one-off payments.
Instant Bank Pay is designed to complement bank debit using open banking. These bank-to-bank payments are confirmed instantly, which means better visibility for you and your customers. Save time chasing one-off payments and create a smoother customer experience.
Made for one-off payments
This bank-to-bank payment offers real-time confirmation for you and your payers.
Typically 54% cheaper than online card transactions.
Save admin time
Spend less time chasing down late or failed payments.
Try Instant Bank Pay by donating to The Trussell Trust
Try Instant Bank Pay and make a one-time donation to The Trussell Trust, a charity supporting over 1,200 food banks with the mission of ending hunger and food insecurity in the UK. One-hundred percent of your donation will go to charity.
How it works
Add Instant Bank Pay to your checkout, or send your customer a link requesting payment.
We connect your customer to their bank and they authorise the payment. Watch a demo of the payer experience.
Once payment is made, you both receive an instant confirmation.
In our first month using the feature, two-thirds of customers who experienced a failed payment were reached by Instant Bank Pay.
Oliver Nelson, Head of Service, Cuckoo Broadband
Instant Bank Pay is ideal for:
Taking a first-time payment
When a new customer signs up, take their first payment instantly before bank debit collections begin.
Collect one-off payments quickly by sending customers an invoice with an Instant Bank Pay link.
One-off charges for goods or services
Invite customers to purchase additional goods or services which can be paid for outside of their recurring payment, or follow-up on a failed payment.
Prompt your customers to instantly top-up their accounts with a one-off payment and continue to use your services.
Cuckoo Broadband reduces costs
“We’re excited to continue using Instant Bank Pay for one-off payments. Not only will it prevent our customers from losing access to our services, it’ll also help reduce the time we spend chasing late payments and the risk of costs outstanding.” - Alexander Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO at, Cuckoo Broadband
Have a look through our API documentation here
Using GoCardless through a partner?
If you connect to GoCardless through a partner application, Instant Bank Pay is coming soon. Register your interest.
Do you have more questions?
We've put all the frequently asked questions about Instant Bank Pay on a dedicated FAQs page.
Are you a GoCardless partner?
Give your users Instant Bank Pay - a better way to collect instantly-authorised, one-off payments. Here's everything you need to know.