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Traveling with the OV-chipkaart

You can use an OV-chipkaart to travel on the train, bus, tram and metro. Your OV-chipkaart is activated as soon as you have topped up its balance and used it to travel with NS. You use the card to check in and out, but you can also load other products onto it. For example, a season ticket, a combined travel discount or changing class.

Plan your journey using the Travel Planner

Useful to know....

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

Traveling with the OV-chipkaart

Topping up the balance on your OV-chipkaart

Topping up the balance on your OV-chipkaart

Manage your information with Mijn NS

Manage your information with Mijn NS or Mijn NS Zakelijk

Checking in and out at the gates and poles

Checking in and out at the gates and poles

OV-chipkaart combined with a season ticket

Travel cheaply with a season ticket

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.

Combined Travel Discount with an NS season ticket

With an NS season ticket (except for Kids Vrij) 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.

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 can help you with the OV-chipkaart

Travelling with the OV-chipkaart is easier than it seems. The first few steps can be a little troublesome, but we can help you with that.