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Rates in 2019

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

As of 1 January 2019, the rates for various train tickets and season tickets will change to reflect the expected rate of inflation and the increase of the low VAT rate from 6% to 9%.

The most important changes

  • The prices for 2nd-class one-way and return tickets using the OV-chipkaart, the NS-Business Card, single-use chipkaart, or e-ticket will increase by an average of 1.8%, plus the 3% increase in the low VAT rate for these tickets. The prices for 1st-class one-way and return tickets will only increase by the amount of the VAT increase.
  • An off-peak bicycle day ticket will cost € 6.90. A day ticket for a dog will cost € 3.20.

Season tickets:

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

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


  • The supplement for IC direct will increase from € 2.40 to € 2.60. The 40% discount at the Supplement Post during off-peak hours will continue to apply in 2019. A supplement purchased at the Supplement Post during off peak hours will cost € 1.56.
  • The Altijd Toeslag Vrij season ticket will cost € 57 per month. The IC direct monthly season ticket will increase to € 69.


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 will not be affected by the increase in the VAT rate. At the moment, it is unclear what effect the VAT increase will have on season tickets that are billed on a monthly basis as of 1 January 2019. As soon as we receive a definitive decision on this matter, we will update this page with the relevant information.