Traject Vrij Annual
Unlimited travel on a specific route at a set price per year
- Unlimited travel on a fixed route for a fixed annual sum
- 40% off for up to 3 people travelling together in off-peak hours
- Travel on a different route at a discount of 40% during off-peak hours
- Valid on journeys with all train operators
- Valid on InterCity Berlin and ICE International journeys within the Netherlands
- Journeys on different routes are billed in arrears
- Traject Vrij Annual replaced the Jaartrajectabonnement in July 2014
- Spoor magazine free 4 times a year with great offers
- Discounts for Greenwheels and Q-Park P+R areas (in Dutch)
- Available with an Intercity direct Altijd Toeslagvrij season ticket
When do I benefit most from my Traject Vrij season ticket?
- You travel for free on your fixed route
- You can travel with a 40% discount Monday to Friday from 09.00 - 16.00 and from 18.30 - 06.30, during the weekend from 18.30 on Friday evening to Monday morning at 06.30 am and on public holidays
All season tickets are subject to terms and conditions.
Download de productvoorwaarden abonnementen (PDF, 51 kB)
Ordering your Traject Vrij Annual season ticket
You can order your Traject Vrij Annual season ticket online. You will need a personal OV-chipkaart (public transport smart card). If you have not got an OV-chipkaart, or your card is about to run out in the next 8 weeks, then you can order a new card free of charge with your season ticket. Your OV-chipkaart with your season ticket pre-loaded onto it will be sent to your home address within 1 week.
Do you already have an OV-chipkaart? Then it is also possible to order your season ticket with NS Customer service. You can call us 24/7 on telephone number 030 - 7515155.
Paying for your Traject Vrij Annual season ticket
You pay with iDEAL. We will e-mail you as soon as your payment is received, explaining how you can download your season ticket to your card at an NS card machine or other public transport smart card top-up point. See address finder for details of all pick-up points in your area. Paying via IDEAL is not required when ordering you season ticket via NS customer service, you may authorise us telephonically.
Order your season ticket online (in Dutch)
Kids Vrij season ticket
With Kids Vrij children aged 4-11 can travel with you for free. You can order a maximum of 3 free Kids Vrij season tickets with a Traject Vrij Annual season ticket. You can arrange this when you order the season ticket or at a later date via Mijn NS (in Dutch). Each child requires their own OV-chipkaart, but does not need to live at the same address as the ticket holder. A personal OV-chipkaart costs € 7,50.
No initial fee
With a Traject Vrij season ticket your travel is billed. You do not need to pay an initial fee with this season ticket. If you forget to check out, you have up to 6 hours after checking in to check out at a free-standing post or gate. Too late or unable to check out at the station? Then you must pay a corrective fare of € 10. You can claim this money back up to a maximum of 3 times a year via 'Mijn Reishistorie' in Mijn NS (in Dutch). This only applies to journeys with NS. If you forget to check out with another train operator, you must contact them.
If you are using your OV-chipkaart for travel on the tram, bus or metro, then you need to have credit on your card. The initial tariff for trams, buses and metros is € 4.
Checking in and out
Hold your card up to the free-standing post or gate to check in for your train journey; then repeat the process when you get to your destination. You need to check in and out for each train operator. This also applies if you are changing to the bus, tram or metro. You first check out at an NS card reader before you check in with the other operator. If you are travelling to a destination abroad, you do not need to check in and out in the Netherlands.
Why do I need to check in?
All NS passengers must check in and out using their OV-chipkaart. This also applies for passengers with pre-loaded season tickets, such as Traject Vrij Annual. Checking in and out determines whether you are travelling on your fixed route or on a different route. Travel on your fixed route incurs no extra costs. Travel on a different route is billed at a later date via a monthly invoice or direct debit.
Combined travel discount
You can take up to 3 people with you at a discount of 40% in the off-peak hours. You can set this up at the ticket machine at the station.
Setting up combined travel discount (in Dutch)
You can change class for one day with your 2nd class Traject Vrij Annual. To do this, purchase a 2-1 supplement at an NS ticket machine or NS service desk and load this onto your OV-chipkaart. You pay a fixed sum at the time of purchase. It is not possible to change class with a 1st class season ticket.
For € 25 you can travel in 1st class for a day. For € 15 you can travel in 1st class Monday to Friday during off-peak hours (before 06.30, 09.00 - 16.00 and after 18.30) and all day at weekends. It costs € 10 to travel in 1st class for a day at the weekend.
How to change class (in Dutch)
Permanent change of class or route
If you have a Traject Vrij Annual season ticket you can make a permanent change to your ticket class or route online via Mijn NS (in Dutch). You will also need to activate your class change at an NS ticket machine. Request the change at least 2 weeks before the start of the new month via Mijn NS (in Dutch) so that this is activated for the next month. Any extra costs are listed on your monthly invoice and paid by direct debit. If you would prefer not to do this via Mijn NS you can also request these changes by calling NS Customer service. Changing from 1st to 2nd class is only possible after the first year. You can change from 2nd to 1st class at any time. When collecting your class changes from the NS ticket machine, ensure that you are NOT checked in.
I do not have iDEAL. Is there any other way I can buy a season ticket?
With a personal OV-chipkaart, you can also order a season ticket from NS Customer service on 030-7515155. NS Customer service is available 24/7. You need to order season tickets 10 days in advance.
Is it possible to load a Traject Vrij Annual season ticket onto my OV-chipkaart along with my other NS season tickets?
With your Traject Vrij Annual season ticket you can travel with a discount of 40% on a different route during off-peak hours. It is not possible to combine Traject Vrij (travel on account) with another NS season ticket (prepaid travel) such as Altijd Vrij, Dal Vrij, Weekend Vrij, Altijd Voordeel and Kids Vrij.
Can I alter my fixed route during my one year contract?
Yes, you can change your fixed route once every month. These changes take effect on the same day of the month as the starting date of your contract. You can submit your change up to two weeks before the desired date, using Mijn NS.
E.g. The starting date of your contract is 5 January. You can alter your fixed route as of 5 February, if you submit your request no later than 21 January.
How do I travel with Traject Vrij Jaar if I am travelling to or from a station abroad and part of my journey is also in the Netherlands?
You can buy an international ticket via NS International. Here you can specify whether you are entitled to a discount up to the border by ticking '40% korting in Nederland' (40% discount in the Netherlands). You will then receive the 40% discount for the part of the journey in the Netherlands. If your Traject Vrij season ticket covers a part of the journey within the Netherlands, you can purchase your international ticket from the first station where your Traject Vrij season ticket becomes invalid.
With Traject Vrij you must always check in and out, except when you are travelling abroad and when you have purchased an international ticket for the entire journey i.e. from the departure station. Outside the Netherlands there are no free-standing posts or gates for checking in and out. Carry your Traject Vrij season ticket with you so that you can present your OV-chipkaart with a valid Traject Vrij season ticket and a valid international ticket upon inspection. If you encounter gates at the station, these can be opened using the square barcode on your international ticket. This is possible at gates with 'scan ticket' on the right-hand door. Hold the square barcode up against the illuminated area to the right of you and the gate will open.
Why am I incurring costs for journeys that, in my opinion, are part of my fixed route?
When travelling with Traject Vrij, there are sometimes several possible routes for your journey. The price of your season ticket is calculated based on the cheapest route. For the part of your journey with NS, travel is permitted on all routes that the NS journey planner specifies, provided that you do not travel on a more expensive route between your departure and arrival station.
If you travel on a route indicated on the NS journey planner that is not the cheapest route and you check in and out, this journey will be billed.
Example: You have purchased a season ticket for the Utrecht Central - Leiden Central route. Your shortest route is via Alphen aan den Rijn. On this route you can check in and out at all stations between Utrecht Central and Leiden Central without incurring extra costs. If you travel on a route specified by the NS journey planner but this is not the shortest route, for example via Gouda, and you check in and out here or at another station on this route, you will be billed for this journey.
See costs calculations examples (in Dutch)
I have a personal OV-chipkaart for RET/GVB etc. Can I load an NS season ticket onto this card?
If you already have a personal OV-chipkaart for another transport company, you can load an NS season ticket onto it.
Please note: a maximum of 12 products can be loaded onto one card and your OV-chipkaart must be valid for a period of more than one year when ordering an annual season ticket.