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Travelling during national holidays

On holidays, you can travel all day with your season ticket discount. In some situations, the discount will also apply during the months of July and August, between Christmas and New Year's day, and on the Friday after Ascension day. Check the Travel Planner or NS app before departure.


Which national holidays are recognised by NS in 2016?

  • Good Friday: 10 April 2020
  • Easter Sunday: 12 April 2020 - The trains run as if it were a Sunday. 
  • Easter Monday: 13 April 2020 - The trains run as if it were a Sunday. 
  • King's Day: 27 April 2020 - The trains run as if it were a Saturday.
  • Liberation Day: 5 May 2020
  • Ascension Day: 21 May 2020 - The trains run as if it were a Saturday.
  • Pentecost Sunday: 31 May 2020
  • Whit Monday: 1 June 2020 - The trains run as if it were a Saturday.
  • Christmas Day: 25 December 2020 - The trains run as if it were a Sunday. 
  • Boxing Day: 26 December 2020 - The trains run as if it were a Sunday. 
  • New Year's Day: 1 January 2020 - The trains run as if it were a Sunday. 

Travelling on national holidays with a season ticket and combined travel discount.

Weekend Vrij 

With a Weekend Vrij season ticket, you can also travel for free on holidays, even when they fall on weekdays.

Weekend Voordeel 

With a Weekend Voordeel season ticket, you can also travel with a discount on holidays, even when they fall on weekdays.

Other season tickets and combined travel discount

If you travel with a:

  • Dal Vrij
  • Traject Vrij
  • Altijd Voordeel
  • Dal Voordeel
  • Combined travel discount

The normal peak and off-peak hours apply on:

  • Friday after Ascension Day - 31 May 2019
  • The summer months of July and August 2019
  • Between Christmas and New Year's Day

With a Voordeeluren season ticket, you can travel with a discount all day on the days listed above. 

Travelling on Keuzedagen during national holidays

Do you have a season ticket with Keuzedagen and does the national holiday fall on a weekday?
Then your Keuzedagen are also valid before 9.00 on these days.

For Keuzedagen with a Voordeelurenabonnement, you can travel all day at a discount on

  • 22 May 2020 (day after Ascension Day)
  • in the months July and August
  • in the period between Christmas and New Year's Day

This does not apply for Keuzedagen with a Dal Voordeel or Altijd Voordeel season ticket.

Travelling on national holidays with a discount promotional ticket

Have you purchased a discount promotional ticket (for instance from NS Spoordeelwinkel, HEMA, Kruidvat etc.)? With most discount promotional tickets you can travel all day on national public holidays, except on King's Day. Exceptions apply. For instance the Weekend Train Day Return is valid only on Saturdays and Sundays. So you should always read the promotional terms and conditions carefully.

Travelling with a student travel product

Students who travel with a student travel product on their OV-chipkaart are subject to different rules than those that apply for other NS season tickets. See www.studentenreisproduct.nl for up-to-date information.