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Request an OV-chipkaart and start your journey

An OV-chipkaart allows you to travel on any train, bus, tram or metro in the Netherlands. If you purchased your OV-chipkaart from NS, then your card is automatically activated and you can immediately travel with NS in 2nd class.

If you purchased your OV-chipkaart from another retailer, such as Albert Heijn, GVB or Primera, then you must first activate your card at an NS ticket machine. There are several ways to activate your card at the machine, including topping up the balance. You can then travel with NS in 2nd class.

If you would like to travel 1st class or take advantage of the combined travel discount, you can also arrange that at the NS ticket machine.

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Different kinds of OV-chipkaart variants and NS-Business Card

Traveling with the OV-chipkaart

OV-chipkaart combined with a season ticket

Travel cheaply with a season ticket

Do you have an NS season ticket? Benefit from the Samenreiskorting combined travel discount!

With an NS season ticket (except for KidsVrij) or an NS Business Card with a season ticket on it, you can bring along a maximum of 3 people during off-peak hours with your 40% discount. Your fellow travelers must also have the combined travel discount on his or her own OV-chipkaart.

Manage your information with Mijn NS

Manage your information with Mijn NS or Mijn NS Zakelijk

Topping up the balance on your OV-chipkaart

Topping up the balance on your OV-chipkaart

Checking in and out at the gates and poles

Checking in and out at the gates and poles

Loading and activating products

First activate your OV-chipkaart, then travel

Important information about the price of your journey

The method for calculating discounts has been corrected.

Stations with closed ticket gates

An overview of the planning for the closing of all ticket gates

NS Ticket Machines

You can find at least 1 of our 3 types of ticket machine at every station

Request a Station Passagepas

At 82 stations throughout the country, NS is installing access gates that will be put into operation in phases. These stations will only be accessible with an OV-chipkaart or a passagepas.

We helpen u graag met de OV-chipkaart