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Consumer rates 2018

View the consumer rates for 2018. You can also find the rates in the NS Travel Planner

As of 1 January 2018, NS will be changing the rates for several one-way, return, day and season tickets. The rates are being increased due to expected inflation and changes to the fees that NS pays to ProRail for use of the railways. In 2018, these fees are dropping. This drop is being accounted for in the price changes. As a result, the changes to the rates will be lower than the expected inflation.

The most important changes

  • Prices for 2nd class One-way tickets and Day return tickets with an OV Chipkaart, NS Business Card, Single-use chipkaart or E-ticket will rise by an average of 1.22%. The 1st class variants of these tickets will remain the same on average. This is being done in order to make 1st class more attractive when compared to 2nd class.
  • Traject Vrij, Altijd Vrij, and the Grensabonnement increasing in price by an average of 1.22%.
  • The Voordeelurenabonnement is also increasing in price by 1.22%, as well as the Dagkaart Fiets.
  • Weekend Vrij 2nd class, Altijd Voordeel and Dal Vrij 2nd class are increasing in price by 1,2 and 3 Euro per month respectively. The 1st class variants of these season tickets will remain the same price.
  • Dal Voordeel will not increase in price in 2018 and Kids Vrij will remain free.

The prices of the following products will also remain the same:

  • Railrunner
  • Toeslag 2-1
  • Toeslag IC direct en ICE
  • Holland Travel Ticket off-peak


Why is NS increasing the rates for rail transport by an average of 1.22%?

This percentage is based on the expected rate of inflation in 2018. In addition, in 2018 NS will pay less compensation to ProRail for the use of the railway network. This reduction has also been calculated into the rate increase, so the final increase will be lower than the rate of inflation. Rounding tickets off to the nearest € 0.10 may result in certain tickets costing more or less than expected.

Other rail carriers

Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Blauwnet and Syntus all follow their own pricing policies. Please see the individual carriers' websites for the rates for their routes.