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Rates in 2019

View the consumer rates for 2019. You can also find the rates in the NS App.

The prices for a number of train tickets and season tickets will increase on 1 January 2019 to reflect the expected rate of inflation and the increase in the low VAT rate from 6% to 9%.

The most important changes

  • One-way and return second-class tickets using the OV-chipkaart, the NS-Business Card, single-use chipkaart, or e-ticket will increase by an average of 1.8%, plus higher VAT rate. The price increase for first-class and return tickets will only include the higher VAT rate.
  • Fietskaart Dal will cost € 6.90, and a Dagkaart Hond will increase to € 3.20.
  • The prices for one-way and return tickets will be rounded off to the nearest 10 cents. Other rates (1st class full fare and discount tickets) will no longer be rounded off to the nearest 10 cents. 

Season tickets:

If you already have an NS season ticket, then the price increase will go into effect when you renew your season ticket. 

  • The prices for many season tickets will increase.
  • The price of a Voordeeluren season ticket will increase to € 67, and travellers who check in before 06:30 will also receive a 40% discount.
  • Kids Vrij will remain free of charge.


What are the consequences of the higher VAT rate?

As of 1 January 2019, the government will raise the low VAT rate from 6% to 9%. That means the prices for all train products currently subject to the 6% VAT rate will be recalculated to include the new 9% VAT rate as of 1 January 2019.

When will the price for my current season ticket be increased?

Every year, the new price for current season tickets goes into effect on the renewal date for the season ticket. The renewal date is different for each individual season ticket holder.

Will the higher VAT rate have an immediate effect on the price of my current season ticket?

Season tickets purchased a year in advance in 2018 will not be affected by the increase in the VAT rate.

  • Season tickets billed on a monthly basis (all NS Flex season tickets and some Travel on Account season tickets) will include the new VAT rate of 9% starting on 1 January 2019. This means the monthly payments for these season tickets will increase as of 1 January 2019.