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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.

Travelling during national holidays and the holiday season

  • Which national holidays are recognised by NS?

    • New Year's Day: 1 January 2021
    • Good Friday: 2 April 2021
    • Easter: Sunday, 4 April & Monday 5 April 2021
    • King's Day: 27 April 2021
    • Ascension Day: 13 May 2021
    • Pentecost: Sunday, 23 May 2021 & Monday, 24 May 2021
    • Christmas Day and Boxing Day: 25 December & 26 December 2021
  • Travelling on a Weekend Vrij season ticket?

    Then you can enjoy unlimited travel on national holidays, including those that fall on a weekday.

  • Travelling on a different season ticket?

    Then on national holidays, the discount that goes with your season ticket will apply for the whole day.

  • Travelling on Keuzedagen during national holidays?

    Your Keuzedagen [Optional days] will be valid for the whole day on national holidays.

  • Are you travelling with a student travel product?

    Students who have a student travel product on their OV-chipkaart are subject to different rules than holders of other NS season tickets.

    • Weekday season ticket:
      On public holidays you travel using the balance on your card at a discount from 04:00 on the day in question until 04:00 the next day, with the exception of Good Friday, when you can travel for free.
    • Weekend season ticket:
      On public holidays you travel for free from 04:00 on the day in question until 04:00 the next day. On the Thursday before Good Friday, the day before King's Day and the Wednesday before Ascension Day, you can travel for free from 12:00 onwards.

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Check the Travel Planner shortly before departure

Check theTravel Planner or NS app  shortly before departure for the latest travel information.