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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 and metro's, trams and buses.

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 are entitled to an OV-Begeleiderskaart, you automatically receive a Toegangspas Begeleider. Using this access card your companion can open the gates at GVB, RET and NS stations. It is not a ticket. Travelling is only possible with an OV-Begeleiderskaart. The access card is free and valid for 5 years.

Do you have more questions?

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