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Traveling with the OV-chipkaart

With an OV-chipkaart, you can travel by train, bus, tram en metro. Your card is active immediately, and if you have enough balance on your card, you can travel 2nd class with NS right away. You can top up your card balance at any NS Ticket Machine.

If you would like to travel 1st class or take advantage of the combined travel discount, you can also arrange that at an NS Ticket Machine.

Useful to know....

Combined Travel Discount with an NS season ticket

Take along a maximum of 3 other people and enjoy a 40% discount during off-peak hours.

Topping up the balance on your OV-chipkaart

Top up and go!

Loading and activating products to your OV-chipkaart

Its easy to change classes or activate combined travel discounts!

Expired OV-chipkaart

If you have an NS season ticket, then NS will automatically send you a new card at no charge.

Checking in and out while travelling

Poles, gates and beeps: how to check in and out

Variants of the OV-chipkaart and NS-Business Card

All of the chipkaart characteristics.

Passing stations with closed gates

Gates are now coming into operation at more and more stations. The aim is to improve safety at the station and in the train and reduce the number of fare dodgers. Would you like to use a station's facilities without travelling? Then you can apply for a Station Passagepas.