With the OV Chipkaart, you can travel on all public transport in the Netherlands. You top it up with money, check-in and -out for every journey (check-in at the station of your departure and out at your final destination), and off you go. The OV Chipkaart works on trains, busses and even ferries. There are two types of OV Chipkaarts: the anonymous and the personalised one. Purchase the anonymous card at one of the different service points like sales devices at a stations and newsagents and supermarkets or apply for the personalised one online. If you just moved to the Netherlands (especially if you don`t have a bank account yet), the anonymous one will do the trick. However, the personalised OV Chipkaart allows you to book abonnements, etc. on it and might be worth considering if you live in the Netherlands for a more extended period.
Tip: Since you’ve just moved to the Netherlands, you’d probably like to explore Holland, and therefore the daaluurenabonnement might be recommendable. It costs €50 a year and allows you to travel off-peak (including weekends) with a discount of 40%.
Please note that you need a bank account to get a personalised OV Chipkaart.
Check if you are entitled to the student travel product, which allows you to travel for free. The student travel product is linked to student finance. For most European nationalities – other than Dutch – you have to work for 56 hours a month or more to qualify for student finance and the student travel product. The student travel product is part of a student loan.
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