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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, as well as 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?

  • Christmas: Christmas Day, 25 December 2018 and Boxing Day, 26 December 2018
  • New Year's day: 1 January 2019
  • Good Friday: 19 April 2019
  • Easter: Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019 and Easter Monday, 22 April 2019
  • King's Day: 27 April 2019
  • Ascension Day: 30 May 2019
  • Pentecost: Pentecost Sunday, 9 June 2019 and Whit Monday, 10 June 2019

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

Weekend Vrij season ticket

With a Weekend Vrij season ticket, you can also travel for free all day during national 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

  • 31 May 2019 (day after Ascension Day)
  • the months July and August
  • 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

If you have purchased a discount promotional ticket (for example, from retailers such as the Spoordeelwinkel, Hema, Kruidvat etc.)Then you can travel for free all day on national holidays (except for King's Day).

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.