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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.

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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

You can easily top up the balance on your OV-chipkaart online. You'll be back on track right away.

Downloading products to your OV-chipkaart

It's 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.

Checking in and out

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

Chipkaart options

All of the chipkaart characteristics.

Passing through the gates without travelling

More and more stations are installing access gates in order to improve security.