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Travelling with the OV-chipkaart

An OV-chipkaart allows you to travel on any train, bus, tram or metro in the Netherlands. If you purchased your OV-chipkaart from NS, then your card is automatically activated and you can immediately travel with NS in 2 nd class.

If you purchased your OV-chipkaart from another retailer, then you must first activate your card at an NS ticket machine. There are several ways to activate your card at the machine, including topping up the balance. You can then travel with NS in 2nd class.

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

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Al vanaf € 50 per jaar

Useful to know....

Do you have an NS season ticket? Benefit from the Samenreiskorting combined travel discount!

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!

OV-chipkaart validity

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.

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