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Switching classes: 1st class upgrade

Feel like travelling in style today? Upgrade to 1st class. If you have an NS Flex season ticket, you can switch classes every day. Your class switch will also be valid for other carriers. Kids Vrij season tickets always take the same class as the companion's season ticket.


Switching classes NS Flex season ticket

With our NS Flex season tickets, you can switch classes up to 15 minutes after checking in, all week long. If you have a Vrij season ticket that entitles you to unlimited travel, such as Weekend Vrij or Dal Vrij, it will often be cheaper to buy a month-long 1st class upgrade. Discover the best option for your season ticket.

  • Basis, Dal Voordeel, Weekend Voordeel, Altijd Voordeel

    You can switch classes in the NS app or in Mijn NS:

    1. Sign in to Mijn NS
    2. Switch to 1st class
    3. Choose for how long you would like to switch: today, up to a certain date, or open-ended
    4. Press ´Confirm´

    Prefer switching back to 2nd class? You can revert back to your original class in the NS app or in Mijn NS.

  • Dal Vrij, Weekend, Vrij, Altijd Vrij, Traject Vrij

    If you expect you will be travelling in 1st class more often, you can switch classes for one month or more. All you have to do is order a 1st-class NS Flex vrij season ticket in Mijn NS. After a month, you can switch back to a 2nd-class season ticket.

    1. Log in to Mijn NS
    2. Go to ´Products´
    3. Click on ´Change season ticket´
    4. Pick your current season ticket and select 'Standard 1st-class travel as an extra option´

    Prefer switching one or more days? You can upgrade to 1st class up to 15 minutes after checking in via the NS app or Mijn NS.

    1. Log in to Mijn NS
    2. Switch to 1st class
    3. Choose for how long you would like to switch
    4. Select ´Confirm´

    Please note: All travel outside your Vrij season ticket is 2nd class without a discount. With NS Flex Traject Vrij you get a 40% discount on off-peak travel beyond your fixed route in the same class as your season ticket. If you have NS Flex Traject Vrij 1st class, you can travel in 1st class on other routes as well.

  • Switching classes after a transfer

    If there is a transfer on your trip and you only want to spend the first or second part of your trip in 1st class, check out at the transfer station and check back in. Use the NS app or Mijn NS to switch classes before starting the 1st-class part of your trip.

Switching class on-balance season ticket

If you have an on-balance season ticket, switching classes works a little differently. Just buy a class upgrade (Surcharge) on the day you want to use it. Discover the options for your season ticket.

  • Dal Vrij, Weekend Vrij, Altijd Vrij, Traject Vrij, Grensabonnement and Student travel product

    For all on-balance season tickets , Dal Vrij, Altijd Vrij, Traject Vrij, Grensabonnement and the Student travel product, the following applies:

    1. Go to an NS ticket machine
    2. Scan your OV-chipkaart. On the display, select "Download miscellaneous products"
    3. Select 'Supplement 2 -1'
    4. Choose your preferred version
    5. Follow the payment instructions
    6. Scan your OV-chipkaart a second time

    Your 1st-class upgrade will take effect immediately and last until 4 am.

  • Dal Voordeel, Altijd Voordeel en Voordeeluren season ticket

    For on-balance season tickets, Dal Voordeel, Altijd Voordeel en the Voordeeluren season ticket, the following applies:

    Weekdays

    1. Go to an NS ticket machine
    2. Scan your OV-chipkaart
    3. Select 'Change class' on the screen
    4. Select '1st class today'
    5. Follow the payment instructions
    6. Scan your OV-chipkaart again

    Your 1st-class upgrade will take effect immediately and last until 4 am.

    Weekend

    1. Go to an NS ticket machine
    2. Scan your OV-chipkaart
    3. Select 'Change class' on the screen and select 'Supplements 2-1'
    4. Select 'Supplement 2-1 weekend'
    5. Follow the payment instructions
    6. Scan your OV-chipkaart again

    Your 1st-class upgrade (2-1 weekend supplement) will take effect immediately and last until 4 am.

  • Keuzedagen

    Travelling 1st class on a Keuzedag costs € 5. Remember to download the Keuzedag to your OV-chipkaart before you change travel classes.

    To change travel classes on your Keuzedag ticket:

    1. Go to an NS Ticket Machine.
    2. Hold your OV-chipkaart against the card reader.
    3. Select 'Change travel class Current: 2nd' on the screen.
    4. Select the option 'Supplements 2-1'.
    5. Next, select: 'Supplement 2-1 Keuzedag'
    6. Follow the payment instructions.
    7. Hold your OV-chipkaart against the card reader again.

    Your upgrade to 1st class is valid immediately, and will remain valid until 04:00 in the morning.

Switching classes without an NS season ticket

Do you have a valid OV-chipkaart but no NS season ticket? You can still upgrade to 1st class.

  1. Head to an NS ticket machine
  2. Scan your OV-chipkaart
  3. Select 'Change class' on the screen
  4. Select '1st class today'
  5. Scan your OV-chipkaart a second time

Your 1st class upgrade will take effect immediately and last until 4 am. When you check out, we'll calculate your fare automatically.

Class switch costs

Travelling 1st class costs more than 2nd class travel. Find out more about your fare here.

  • NS Flex season ticket

    • Weekend supplement: 50% over the full or discounted 2nd class fare
    • Weekday supplement: 65% over the full or discounted 2nd class fare
    • Travel 1st class for 1 month with a Vrij season ticket: supplement depends on your season ticket.
    • Travel 1st class for one day with a Vrij season ticket: supplement depends on your season ticket. For a full list of NS fares, please visit our Fares page.
  • Season ticket on balance

    • Supplement 2-1 Day: travel in 1st class all day for € 25
    • Supplement 2-1 Off-peak hours: travel in 1st class for € 9 during off-peak hours (Monday to Friday before 06:30, between 09:00 - 16:00 and after 18:30).
    • Supplement 2-1 Weekend day: travel in 1st class for €5 during the weekend.
    • Keuzedag: travel in 1st class all day on your Keuzedag for € 5.
  • Without an NS season ticket

    See the rates for our individual tickets and supplements on our rates page.