Thank you for visiting The ‘OV-chipkaart’ (Public Transport Chip Card) is the general Public Transport Card for the Netherlands. For more details and to order your public transport tickets, you may also use our international web shop: Public Transport Holland Shop.

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The ‘OV-chipkaart’ can be used with any public transport company in the Netherlands for travel by train, bus, metro and tram.


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 counter of a public transport company, the ticket machine at the station, at a newsagent’s or at a supermarket.

Purchasing an OV-chipkaart

You can choose between an anonymous card and a disposable chip card.


Anonymous card Suitable for more than a day or for longer travel distances. Plastic card loaded with travel products or credit.
Disposable card Suitable for single use or for a short period, 1-5 days. The card is loaded with a travel product valid for a limited period, such as one week of travel. 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 or supermarkets, or in our webshop. You can also purchase a disposable card on the tram and/or bus.

Load card before you travel

Before you can travel you need to load credit onto the 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 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’ product onto the card. You can do this at an NS counter or NS card machine.

What to do when you leave?

An anonymous 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 return the card to our office.

24 hour-ticket

It is also possible to buy a 1-5 day-ticket. This day-ticket works like an OV-chipkaart and is valid for the entire public transport network in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague. You can buy this ticket in our webshop.