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With an OV-Begeleiderskaart, one companion can travel with you in the train, metro, tram or bus for free.

What is an OV-Begeleiderskaart?

You can request an OV-Begeleiderskaart if you live in the Netherlands and are unable to use public transport alone as a result of a disability. With an OV-Begeleiderskaart, one companion can travel with you for free. The OV-Begeleiderskaart is registered under your name, which allows you to travel with various companions. The card is valid for 1 year or 5 years and can be used on almost all trains, metros, trams and buses. Cards issued after 20 March 2017 also have a chip to open to open access gates at train stations and GVB and RET metro stations.

Conditions for an OV-Begeleiderskaart

  • You and your companion must be at least 12 years old
  • You make the entirety of the journey together
  • You travel with a valid ticket, while your companion travels using the OV-Begeleiderskaart as ticket
  • Neither you nor your companion are permitted to use the wheelchair bridge; only the travel assistant is permitted to do this.

No valid ticket

It is possible that you are unable to buy a ticket in advance. If you are travelling without a companion, but are able to provide ID, then the conductor will allow deferred payment. Your OV-Begeleiderskaart counts as a valid ID in such cases. You then receive a payment slip delivered to your home, with which you can pay the normal rate.

How to apply for an OV-Begeleiderskaart

To apply for an OV-Begeleiderskaart you must telephone Argonaut 030-2354661.

Your Toegangspas Begeleider

If you were issued an OV-Begeleiderskaart before 20 March 2017, then you also received a Toegangspas Begeleider. This Toegangspas allows your companion to open the access gates at train stations and GVB or RET metro stations. It is not a ticket. Travel is only permitted with the OV-Begeleiderskaart. The Toegangspas is free and valid for 5 years.

Since 20 March, if you apply for a new OV-Begeleiderskaart or a replacement you will no longer receive 2 cards. Instead you will receive 1 hard plastic OV-Begeleiderskaart with a chip to open access gates.

If you still have an OV-Begeleiderskaart with a separate Toegangspas Begeleider then you may continue to use them until they expire.


For specific questions regarding travel with an OV-Begeleiderskaart with NS, contact NS Customer Service.