In the Netherlands, public transport consists of trains, train-taxis, buses, trams, metros/underground and trolleys. You can find English information about travel schedules, departure times and fares at 9292ov.nl/en# or ns.nl or by calling tel. 0900 92900.
You pay for the use of public transport with the so called 'Ov-chipkaart'. With the OV card you will have access to all public transportation: train, bus, tram and metro. The OV-chipkaart is about the same size as a bankcard. The card contains a chip that can be charged with credit (in euro's) that allows you to travel everywhere in the Netherlands. There are two different types of OV-chipkaart from which to choose:
- Personal OV-chipkaart
- Anonymous OV-chipkaart
Bothe the personal and the anonymous OV-chipkaart are valid for an average of five years, depending on how frequently they are used. Here you can find more info about how to buy single train tickets.
Which OV-chipkaart best suits your needs?
It depends on your travel habits. If you often use the public transport services, the personal OV-chipkaart is the most convenient. Season tickets or automatic reload can only be used on a personal OV-chipkaart. If you do not use the public transport system regularly or would like to share the OV- chipkaart with a family member, the anonymous OV-chipkaart is the best option for you. If you would like to purchase a personal OV- chipkaart you can consult the OV-chipkaart website. An anonymous OV- chipkaart can be bought at public transport stations or by calling 0900 0980 (€ 0,10 p.m.). The card is for sale in sales and vending machines at railway stations, at service counters connected to public transport and at various tobacco shops (Primera), supermarkets and bookshops (Bruna). It is also possible to charge your OV- chipkaart in the Forum building on campus. Customer service OV-chipkaart: e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org