The Netherlands have an extensive public transport network, which makes in easy to travel around the country. Staying in Amsterdam, you might use GVB trams, buses, metro and ferries, while when you travel to other cities and destinations, you will definitely need to take a train.

Travelling by train

Holland has a modern and extensive railway network. Intercity (faster) trains run between the larger cities, and Sprinter (slower) trains connect smaller stations. In most trains you can choose between travelling 1st and 2nd class.

How to plan travel a route? Visit the for up-to-date information on train schedule, possible routes and fares. If you have a complex route with several transfers, it’s better to print your travel information with the names of the stations where you need to change the train.

How to buy a train ticket? The easiest way is to buy your train ticket online. Alternatively you can get them from the tickets machines at the stations (they accept Visa, MasterCard, Maestro cards and sometimes coins) or at ticket desks (it will cost you €1 extra).

NS tickets machine

When you buy disposable (single-time use) train ticket, you will be charged €1 over the standard travel fare for the ticket itself.

NS single ticket

If you are planning to travel around Holland, you can consider buying an OV-chipcard, which is valid in all means of public trasport throughout the country. An empty smart card costs €7,50 (but it will help you avoid paying €1 every time you purchase a disposable ticket) and is valid for 4-5 years. To travel with an OV-card you need to have a sufficient credit (€20 for travelling by train and €4 for travelling by bus, tram, and metro).

OV-chipcards can be purchased at service desks or OV-chip marked machines at the train stations, at GVB or other transport providers Tickets & Info offices or vending machines.

Dutch train ticketsDutch train tickets (from the top left to the right): 1) disposable single-time use ticket, 2) dagkaart, 3) OV-chipcard

If you are lucky you can buy a discounted day ticket (dagkaart), usually sold at Blokker, Kruidvat, HEMA, Etos or Albert Heijn shops. A dagkaart usually costs €14 – €17 and is valid for unlimited travel by train throughout the day. Day tickets are usually sold during a limited period of time. Check website for current offers.

Check-in and check-out. No matter which ticket you are using (except for the e-tickets) and the start and the end of your trip you have to check-in and check-out. Simply scan your ticket or OV-card at the special card readers. You can find them at station halls (not inside trains!), metro gates and near the entrance doors in trams and buses.

Check-in terminal NS station

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Travelling by tram, metro, bus in Amsterdam

Read our detailed Amsterdam transport guide >>

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Travelling by international trains in the Netherlands

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Enjoy discovering Holland!