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Dear guest,

Thank you for visiting the website The OV-chipkaart is the general Public Transport card for The Netherlands.

You can use the OV-chipkaart for:

  • Train
  • Bus
  • Metro
  • Tram

You can use the OV-chipkaart for all the different Public Transport organizations in The Netherlands. For more details and to order your public transport ticket(s), please visit: Public Transport Holland Shop.


There is no separate OV-chipkaart for tourists. As a tourist you will need to purchase an anonymous OV-chipkaart or a disposable OV-chipkaart. You will need to purchase either card at the service point  of a public transport company, a ticket machine at the station, at a newsagent’s/tabacco shop or at a supermarket.

Purchasing an OV-chipkaart

You can choose between an anonymus card and a disposable chip cards.

Use Explanation
Anonymus card Suitable for more than a day or for longer travel distances. Plastic card loaded with travelling products or credit.
Disposable card Suitable for single use or for a short period, 1-5 day’s. The card is loaded with a travel product valid for a limited period, such as one week of travel in a restricted region.  A disposable card usually works out more expensive.

Either card is purchased at a service counter or ticket machine, at airports, at stations and at newsagent’s/tabacco shops or supermarkets. More easy is it to order both types of cards in our webshop in advance. You can also purchase a one hour or 1- day disposable card on the tram and/or busses.

Load card before you travel

Before you can travel you need to load credit onto the Anonymus chip card. You can do this at a counter or ticket machine. The payment options differ at different ticket machines. In our webshop it is possible to pay the travel credit with a credit card.

Travelling by national rail operator NS

In order to travel with the national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) you need to load credit and the ‘Travel on Credit’ (Reizen op Saldo)  product onto the card. You can do this at an NS counter or NS card machine.

What to do when you leave?

An anonymus card is valid for four to five years. You can keep the card to reuse it. The credit will also remain valid. Alternatively you can have the remaining credit refunded at a service counter of the public transport company. After using it, you can also return the card to our office and heve it refunded.

24 hour-ticket

It is also possible to buy a 1-5 day-ticket disposable chip card. This day-ticket works like an OV-chipkaart and is valid in the city you have bought it for. So Amsterdam or Rotterdam or The Hague or Utrecht. You can buy this ticket in our webshop.