Children save money travelling with Railrunner.
€ 2,50 per child
- Railrunner lets children travel by train for just € 2,50 each
- Railrunner is valid all day
- For children aged 4 to 11 years old
- Children up to 3 years old travel for free
- Accepted by other train operators
- Valid on journeys on InterCity Berlin, ICE International and Intercity direct in the Netherlands
- The e-ticket is personal, cannot be altered, and is non-transferable.
How do I buy a Railrunner?
You can load a Railrunner as an individual ticket on a personal or anonymous OV-chipkaart, or you can buy this ticket as a single-use OV-chipkaart at any NS ticket machine or service counter. You can also order the Railrunner as an e-ticket online. Load this e-ticket into the NS app or print it out and take it with you on the train. An e-ticket is a personal ticket.
Is a Railrunner valid on international trains too?
Your child can travel with a Railrunner without paying a supplement on journeys by Intercity Berlin and ICE International in the Netherlands, and likewise on Intercity direct. Railrunner tickets are not valid on Eurostar.
How can I buy a personal or anonymous OV-chipkaart?
You can order a personal OV-chipkaart online. On this card you can load balance and products such as a Railrunner. Personal OV-chipkaarten are personal and non-transferable. If lost or stolen, your balance will be protected within 24 hours and you will get your balance back.
You can buy anonymous OV-chipkaarten at all NS service points and all OV-chipkaart outlets. Use the address finder to find out where all your local outlets are. Anonymous OV-chipkaarten cannot be blocked. You can put money on them and individual products like a Railrunner, for example.
I’d like to see my child onto the train at a station where the gates are closed. Can I do that?
Yes, even if the access gates are in use. You can pass through closed gates at a station if there's enough balance on your OV-chipkaart. As long as you check in and out within one hour, the boarding fare will be refunded.
Is my ticket a ‘through ticket’?
That depends. According to the European legislation, a ‘through ticket’ means that you have a single agreement for transport for you entire train journey. If your entire journey is by NS, for instance from The Hague to Den Helder or from Leiden to Waddinxveen, then your train ticket is indeed a ‘through ticket’. There is then a single agreement for carriage as a passenger by NS.
If you are travelling on a ticket covering multiple rail carriers, your ticket is not a ‘through ticket’ because there are separate agreements for carriage as a passenger with each of the rail carriers you use.
Example: you buy a ticket for a journey from ’s-Hertogenbosch to Boxmeer. For this, you need to change at Nijmegen. For the journey from ’s-Hertogenbosch to Nijmegen, your transport agreement is with NS because the rail carrier for that part of your journey is NS. When you change at Nijmegen for the Arriva train to Boxmeer, your transport agreement is with Arriva because the rail carrier for that part of your journey is Arriva.