Public Transport

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 or 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


Buses frequently run in Wageningen and throughout the area. There are regular bus services from Wageningen bus station to towns such as Ede, Arnhem, Utrecht, etc.


The Netherlands has an extensive railway network with regular train services. Trains run frequently and usually on time. Stops are often rather short, so you need to get on or off quickly. There are two train classes, differing in price and comfort: first class is more expensive than second class. In case you don't use the OV- chipkaart, keep in mind that train tickets cannot be purchased on the train. They have to be bought beforehand at one of the tickets machines at the station or at the ticket counter in bigger train stations. There are three types of trains in the Netherlands: an ‘intercity’ stops only in major cities, a ‘sprinter’ stops at several stations. Wageningen does not have a railway station. You can take buses to Ede and Rhenen; both towns have a railway station. Information about tickets, prices, and times of departure and arrival (timetables) may be obtained at the railway stations or on the Dutch Railways website. Wageningen University & Research provides a train and taxi ticket service for staff members' business trips.


Traveling by taxi is expensive. A few taxi companies offer a Schiphol Airport service of which the costs variate between 60-100 euros.