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Ticket and pass types

Single and Return

Single & Return

  • Gezin voor station MaastrichtYou should purchase a Day Return ticket if your outward and return journeys will be on the same day and via the same route.
  • If your outward and return journeys will take place on different days, then you will need to purchase two Single tickets.
  • If you are going to several towns in one day, you should purchase a ticket that indicates to which destination(s) you will be travelling.
  • Single/Return tickets are valid for one day: from 00.00 on the date shown on the ticket to 04.00 the following morning.
  • You are allowed to break your journey but only if you complete the entire journey in one day.


  • Using the Journey Planner, you can find out the price of your intended journey.  

Where to purchase

  • NS self-service ticket machine
  • NS Service Desk (additional charge of € 0.50)


Day Travel Cards

Day Travel Card

  • Unlimited train travel for one day throughout the Netherlands.
  • The best option for a one-way journey, return or round trip that will cover 250 kilometres or more.

Public transport Day Travel Card

  • Similar to the Day Travel Card except that for only € 5,50 extra, this card also allows you to use the bus, tram and metro for the day.

Bicycle Day Travel Card

  • Bicycles may be taken on the train during off-peak hours.
  • To do this you purchase a Bicycle Day Ttravel Card from the ticket machine.
  • A Bicycle Day Travel Card allows you to take a (folding) tandem, reclining bicycle or disassembled racing bike on the train.
  • A Bicycle Day Card is not necessary for a standard folding bicycle. Passengers may take standard folding bicycles on the train with them free of charge (provided they meet the terms and conditions)


  • Day Travel Card: one day of unlimited travel throughout The Netherlands on all domestic trains listed in the Journey Planner.
  • In addition, the OV-Dagkaart (Public Transport Day Travel Card) is also valid on all public transport on which the official national tickets (multi-journey zone tickets and 'Sterabonnement’) are valid.

Where to purchase

  • NS self-service ticket machine;
  • NS Service Desk (additional fee € 0,50) 


  • Day Travel Card 2nd class full fare: € 49,20
  • Day Travel Card 1st class full fare: € 83,60
  • Dog Day Travel Card € 3, irrespective of destination.
  • Bicycle Day Travel Card € 6, irrespective of destination.

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  • For children aged 4 to 11 accompanied by an adult (aged at least 18).

Where to Purchase

  • Conducteur aan het pratend met een kindNS self-service ticket machine
  • NS Service Desk (additional fee € 0,50)


  • A Railrunner ticket is valid for one day on the same route (within the Netherlands) and in the same class as the valid ticket of the accompanying adult.
  • On some routes a National Multi-Journey Zone ticket or 'Sterabonnement' serves as a valid ticket on the train.


  • Railrunner: €2.50 per child.
  • A maximum of three children per accompanying adult are allowed to travel at the Railrunner rate.
  • Tickets for additional children may be purchased at a 40% discount.

International train

  • On the ICE International you must also pay the supplement for Railrunner(s).
  • Railrunner tickets are not valid on Thalys.

Children under the age of 4

Children under the age of 4 travel free of charge provided they do not require a seat

Children aged 4 to 11 not accompanied by an adult

  • Children aged 4 to 11 not accompanied by an adult receive a 40% discount on their fare.

You can find out the price of the intended journey using The Journey Planner (under the heading “Reduction.”).


The OV-chipkaart

De OV-chipkaart in gebruik

What is the OV-chipkaart?

The OV-chipkaart is the new means of travelling and payment for the public transport system in The Netherlands. The smart card is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip. The OV-chipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel within the Netherlands, or with a travel product such as a single or season ticket. You may choose among the personal, anonymous and disposable cards.

For all NS passes you will need a personal OV-chipkaart. You don't need a OV-chipkaart to travel with a Day Travel Card or Railrunner ticket.

For more information, see www.ov-chipkaart.nl or call NS Customer Service at 0900 - 202 11 63 (€ 0,10 per minute; within the Netherlands only) from Monday until Friday from 08.00 am till 22.00 pm and on Saturday from 09.00 am till 17.00 pm.


ICE International supplement

  • Rijdende ICE hogesnelheidstreinTravel within the Netherlands on the ICE International (route Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem and back) requires a ticket supplement of € 2.00.
  • You can purchase the supplement from NS ticket machines and NS Service Desks located in the station.
  • If you have an NS-Jaarabonnement (NS Annual Pass) or OV-Jaarabonnement (Public Transport Annual Pass), a Jaartrajectabonnement (Annual Route Pass) or Maandtrajectabonnement (Monthly route pass) or a Maandnetabonnement (Monthly Network Pass), you do not have to purchase the supplement IF your pass is valid for some or all of the Amsterdam Centraal - Utrecht Centraal – Arnhem route.


Did you know that?

  • NS offers a number of different rail cards, tickets and passes to meet all your travel needs.
  • Simply click on the option that applies to you.
  • Should you have any questions or require additional assistance, please contact the NS Service Desk or a member of our staff at any NS rail station.


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