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How does renting an OV-fiets work?

You need a personal OV-chipkaart to be able to rent and use an OV-fiets. Simply download the free OV-fiets season ticket to your personal OV-chipkaart, and you can immediately rent and use an OV-fiets. Renting an OV-fiets costs€ 3,95 up to 24 hours.


Renting an OV-fiets in 5 steps

  1. Go online to take out a free OV-fiets season ticket on your personal OV-chipkaart.*
  2. Head to a rental locationand use your OV-chipkaart to rent a bike.
  3. Adjust the seat and get going.
  4. Return the OV-fiets to the same location you rented it.
  5. You can view your trip and payment history in Mijn NS and we'll send you a handy summary every month.

* If you have an NS-Flex season ticket, you can start renting an OV-fiets right away. If you have an NS-Business Card, go here to find out more about renting an OV-fiets for work.

What does it cost to rent an OV-fiets?

When you rent an OV-fiets, you pay only the rental rate for a period up to 24 hours. If you keep the OV-fiets for longer than that, you will be billed for another rental period (up to 72 hours). After 72 hours, you will also be charged a surcharge of € 5. The costs for using an OV-fiets will be automatically direct debited from your account every month. To view or download your invoices, simply go to Mijn NS

OV-fiets Rates
Rental for 24 hours. € 3.95
Extra surcharge per 24 hours after 72 hours € 5
Returning OV-fiets to location other than the original rental location € 10
Not returning OV-fiets within 21 days of rental € 350*

If the OV-fiets is lost, stolen or damaged, it is vital that you contact us as soon as possible. Read how on the page Lost or stolen OV-fiets or key.

Loss, theft or damage Rates
Loss or theft of the OV-fiets key € 20
Theft of OV-fiets with key and police report € 70
Theft of OV-fiets with police report, but no key € 350*
Damage to OV-fiets resulting from careless use Repair costs

*Applicable purchase value

Where can I rent an OV-fiets?

You can rent an OV-fiets at almost 300 rental locations throughout the Netherlands: you'll find them at most stations, near bus and metro stops and at P+Rs.

Full OV-fiets information at your fingertips

Do you have an OV-fiets season ticket? In that case the NS Lab app gives you access to more OV-fiets information. You can activate OV-fiets in the app by linking it to an OV-chipkaart with an active OV-fiets season ticket. The only other thing you need to do is fill in the bike number when you rent an OV-fiets. We use this number to verify that you are the card holder. {br} Following activation, the NS Lab app will provide you with: 

  • Insights on your current OV-fiets journey and your most recent journeys
  • The option of checking whether you completed your OV-fiets journey properly
  • An explanation of the new OV-fiets lock, which is operated using your OV-chipkaart
  • A search function for bicycle storage facilities and information on these facilities
  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the OV-fiets

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I return an OV-fiets to a different location than the one I hired it from?

    Yes you can, but you will have to pay a surcharge of €10 to do this.

  • How do I check how many OV-fietsen are available at my rental location of choice?

    There are several ways to check whether there are still OV-fietsen available at your rental location of choice: NS.nl, the NS app and theNS lab-app

    Checking availability on NS.nl

    Enter a city, station or rental location and click on 'View on map'. Based on your search, you'll see various OV-fiets locations near you, along with the number of available bikes, the opening hours, and more information about the rental location in question.

    Checking availability in the NS app

    Open the app, go to the menu item 'More' , select 'OV-fiets' and choose your station. You'll see how many bikes are available right away. Tap on a rental location for more information. To download the free NS app, go to the App Store or Google Play Store.

    Checking availability in the NS Lab app

    When doing this for the first time, activate your OV-fiets in the app by linking an OV-chipkaart with an active OV-fiets season ticket. Next, simply enter the bike number to rent an OV-fiets and you're done! We use this number to verify that you're the actual cardholder. After linking you card, you can search our rental locations in the app and check how many bikes are available.

    To download the free NS Lab app, go to the App Store or Google Play Store.

    Please note: The number of bikes shown can vary from the actual number of OV-fietsen from time to time. The information is updated every 15 minutes, so minor discrepancies can occur. 

  • How can I see if there is a problem at my rental location?

    When you search for an OV-fiets by station, you will automatically see whether there is a problem at your rental location. If you want to make a notification of a problem that does not appear in the current overview, please contact NS Customer Service.

Can't find your question? View all frequently asked questions about the OV-fiets app.

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