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Altijd Voordeel

Benefits of this season ticket

  • 20% discount during peak hours
  • 40% discount when you travel during off-peak hours
  • 40% discount on weekends.
  • 40% discount for 3 travel companions (temporarily unavailable)

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Discount travel with Altijd Voordeel

With the Altijd Voordeel season ticket, you can travel with a 20% discount during peak hours, or a 40% discount during off-peak hours and at the weekend. That way, you always travel with a discount when using the train.


  • Combined travel discount40% discount for 3 travel companions.
  • The discount also applies with other Dutch rail carriers and on Dutch sections of Intercity Berlin and ICE International routes.
  • Only € 10 balance needed to check in Free personal OV-chipkaart with an annual season ticket.

Benefits of an NS season ticket

  • Free copy of Spoor magazine 5x per year with interesting offers.
  • Exclusive offers for season ticket holders.
  • Manage your season ticket with a single, convenient overview in Mijn NS. Find your journeys in your travel history, and request refunds for delays or when you forget to check out.
  • 15% discount on international travel with RAILPLUS, for an extra € 15 per year.
    (PLEASE NOTE: as of 15 December, NMBS (Belgian Railways) will no longer participate in RAILPLUS. From that date on, you will no longer be eligible for a discount on tickets to or through Belgium).
  • Discounts on Greenwheels car sharing (one-time only) and Q-Park P+R parking facilities.
  • 3 free Kids Vrij: Children may accompany you for free. If your child does not have an OV-chipkaart, then you can purchase one along with your Kids Vrij season ticket for a fee of € 7.50. Kids Vrij must be ordered separately.

When is the discount valid?

During peak hours
, with 20% discount from Monday to Friday between 06:30 and 09:00 and between 16:00 and 18:30.

During off-peak hours, with 40% discount
from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 16:00 and between 18:30 and 06:30.

At the weekend with 40% discount
from 18:30 on Friday evening until 06:30 on Monday morning.

On holidays with 40% discount
all day long.

The moment you check in determines whether you can travel with a 20% or 40% discount. If you check in during off-peak hours, but check out during peak hours, then you still receive a 40% discount. If you check in during peak hours, and check out during off-peak hours, you can travel with a 20% discount.

Extra discount for senior citizens

If you are 60 years old or older, then the Dal Voordeel is an even better deal! With the Optional Days, you can travel all day long anywhere in the Netherlands by train up to 7 times per year, for only € 26 extra. Your Optional Days are valid any day of the week (weekdays after 09:00). Optional Days can be ordered together with your season ticket. 

Get more out of your season ticket

Several supplements are available with season tickets, offering you even more NS services. Store your bicycle on account, without separate season ticket expenses; rent an OV-fiets bicycle at more than 300 locations in the Netherlands; or travel without a supplement on the Intercity Direct between Rotterdam Centraal and Schiphol. 

Discount on bus, tram and metro services

Exclusive to Altijd Voordeel: permanent 20% discount on bus, tram and metro services for just € 12 per month.

Good to know

  • Delivery time

    You will receive your new personal OV-chipkaart for free with an annual season ticket. For a monthly season ticket, you will be charged a €7.50 for a new OV-chipkaart.

    Your new OV-chipkaart (with your season ticket) will be delivered to your home within one week.

    Season ticket within one day with an existing OV-chipkaart

    If you already have your own personal OV-chipkaart (with photograph), then enter the OV-chipkaart number when ordering your season ticket. You can then download your season ticket within one working day from an NS Ticket Machine. That way, you can travel with a discount right away!

  • Season ticket term

    You may choose from an annual season ticket or a season ticket that automatically expires after one month. An annual season ticket will save you more money in the long run.

    Annual season tickets

    After the first year, you can cancel your season ticket at the end of each month. We will then refund any amount you have remaining on your account. 

    You also have the option of switching to a more expensive season ticket during the first year. 

  • Payment

    You pay for your season ticket on a monthly basis. You can pay the season ticket costs for the first month quickly and securely via your own bank using iDeal. Your first payment completes the order process and confirms your banking details. The remaining season ticket costs will automatically be debited from your bank account each month.

    If you would rather pay your season ticket costs with one lump sum, then you can pay the entire amount via iDeal.

    No iDeal

    If you do not have iDeal, but you do have a personal OV-chipkaart, you can order a season ticket by telephone. NS Customer Service is available 24 hours per day. 

  • Conditions

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  • Unlimited travel during off-peak hours.
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  • More information about Keuzedagen

    • 7 x one day of extra cheap travel by train anywhere in the Netherlands
    • Valid all day during the weekend and on holidays
    • During the week you may travel after 9.00
    • Valid for all Dutch train carriers (within the Netherlands)
    For whom?

    Keuzedagen can be ordered by anyone who is 60 years old or older, with a Dal Voordeel or Altijd Voordeel season ticket.

    How does it work?

    You order your Keuzedagen with your season ticket or via Mijn NS. You get 7 Keuzedagen per year. 1 Keuzedag is valid all year and 6 Keuzedagen must be used one every 2 months. Unused Keuzedagen expire. 

    Loading onto an OV-Chipkaart
    1. Go to the ticket machine with your OV-chipkaart
    2. Hold your OV-chipkaart against the card reader at the bottom right of the screen
    3. Choose ‘Ophalen Keuzedag’ (The fourth button in the left column)
    4. Click on ‘akkoord’
    5. Hold your OV-chipkaart against the card reader again

    Your Keuzedag is now loaded onto your OV-chipkaart. You can start your journey by checking in on your Keuzedag.

    More information about Keuzedagen

  • About your travel class

    When ordering, you must choose whether you wish to travel 1st or 2nd class. The price of the season ticket is the same for both. The price of your journey is determined by applying the discount you are entitled to to the base price of the journey. This base price is higher for 1st class.


    The price of a one-way ticket from Utrecht Centraal to Amsterdam Centraal is € 8.10 in 2nd class. With 40% discount you pay € 4.86. In 1st class this journey costs € 13.20. With 40% discount you pay € 7.92.

    Swapping classes

    It is always possible to swap classes for a day. You can do this at the ticket machine. More information about swapping classes.

  • OV Voordeel: discounts on bus, tram and metro

    With OV Voordeel, you receive a 20% discount in the bus, tram and metro. OV Voordeel can be purchased on a flexible monthly basis, and you can add it to your OV-chipkaart at any NS ticket machine. Use it to check in and out with the bus, tram or metro and you will automatically receive a 20% discount. OV Voordeel is only available in combination with an Altijd Voordeel season ticket. The season ticket product conditions apply to the OV Voordeel season ticket.

  • Travelling during national holidays

    Which holidays does NS celebrate?

    • New Year's day
    • Good Friday
    • Easter
    • King's day
    • 5 May - Liberation day (next official holiday in 2020)
    • Ascension day
    • Pentecost
    • Christmas and Boxing day

    Do you have a Weekend Vrij season ticket?

    If so, then you can also travel for free on holidays, even if they fall on a weekday.

    Do you have a different season ticket?

    Then you can enjoy the normal season ticket discount all day long on official holidays.

  • Calculating transfer costs

    At some stations, travellers must pass through the check-in gates to transfer between trains. That means you have to check out and then check in again to continue your journey. If you do so within 35 minutes, on transfers from one NS train to another, then you will be charged the same rate, because the time of your first check-in with NS determines whether you travel for free, with a discount or for the full price for your entire journey with NS.

    If you start your journey with another rail carrier and then transfer to NS, or start with NS and transfer to another carrier, then the time of the transfer determines whether you can travel for free, with a discount or for the full price.

    If you would like to know more, please visit the page for calculating discounts for transfers.

  • Changing or cancelling your season ticket

    Changing your season ticket

    You can change your NS season ticket via Mijn NS or over the telephone by calling Customer Service. Read more.

    Cancelling your season ticket

    There are several methods to cancel your NS season ticket. After cancelling your season ticket, you must delete it from your OV-chipkaart. Cancellation periods differ for each season ticket. Read more.