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Travelling during national holidays and the holiday season

During national holidays you can travel at the discount associated with your season ticket all day long. In some cases, the discount also applies in the months July and August, between Christmas and New Year and on the Friday after Ascension Thursday.


Which national holidays are recognised by NS?

  • Christmas and Boxing Day: 25 December 2016 & 26 December 2016
  • Good Friday: 14 April 2017
  • Easter: Sunday, 16 April & Monday 17 April 2017
  • King's Day: 27 April 2017
  • Ascension Day: 25 May 2017
  • Pentecost: Sunday, 4 June 2017 & Monday, 5 June 2017
  • Christmas and Boxing Day: 25 December 2017 & 26 December 2017

If you travel with a Weekend Vrij season ticket:

Then you can travel for free on holidays as well.

If you travel with a Voordeeluren season ticket:

Then you can travel with a discount all day during the following periods:

  • On the Friday after Ascension Day - 26 May 2017
  • During the months of July and August 2017
  • Between Christmas and New Year's, from 27 December to 31 December.

You can also travel with a discount for the entire day for Optional Days with a Voordeeluren season ticket.

If you travel with a Dal Vrij, Traject Vrij, Altijd Voordeel, Dal Voordeel and Samenreiskorting:

Then the normal peak and off-peak hours will apply on:

  • the Friday after Ascension Day - 26 May 2017
  • during the months of July and August 2017
  • between Christmas and New Year's, from 27 December to 31 December.

The normal peak and off-peak hours apply during these periods for the Optional Days with a Dal Voordeel or Altijd Voordeel season ticket.

Travelling with a studentenreisproduct

Students travelling with a studentenreisproduct (student season ticket) on their OV-chipkaart are subject to rules different from those that apply to other NS season tickets.

Week season ticket

  • Students with a week season ticket travel on account with a discount on holidays from 04:00 to 04:00 the following morning.
  • On Good Friday (14 April 2017), students travel for free.

Weekend season ticket

  • Students with a weekend season ticket travel for free on holidays from 04:00 to 04:00 the following morning.
  • Students also travel for free on the Thursday before Good Friday (13 April 2017) starting from 12:00.
  • Students also travel for free on the Wednesday before Ascension Day (24 May 2017) starting from 12:00.

For the most up-to-date information, see www.studentenreisproduct.nl

Timetables during national holidays and the holiday season

In principle, NS runs its trains on the same timetable all year long. However, there are occasionally special timetables. For example, the Oranje timetable on King's Day or the Sunday timetables during Easter and Ascension Day. Check the Travel Planner or the NS Reisplanner Xtra Travel planner app prior to departure.