How to buy an OV card Amsterdam?
The anonymous OV-chipkaart and single-use chipkaart can be bought at the NS-ticket machine. The personal OV-chipkaart can only be purchased online via www.ov-chipkaart.nl; they cannot be bought from NS directly. This website also provides information about the status of your order.
- Non-personalised cards: Available at GVB ticket machines, GVB Tickets & Info offices, and select newsstands and supermarkets.
- Personalised cards: Available online.
You can apply for a personal OV chipkaart online, and you will receive the new card within 6 working days. The personal OV chipkaart even goes beyond public transport. With a personal card, you can also add discounts, season passes and so much more!
It's easy to buy an OV-chipkaart at a station. Just follow the on-screen prompts at the yellow ticket machines, or ask for one at a service desk. At Schiphol, the ticket machines are located right next to the escalators that descend to the train platforms.
Travel using the e-purse on metro/trams/buses is generally cheaper than buying single 1 hour tickets, especially for shorter trips. Travel on trains with the anonymous card saves paying the €1 disposable ticket surcharge.
The card can be fully personalized, but it's not a requirement. Since there is no separate OV-chipkaart for tourists, a visitor to our country may use a disposable chip card or an 'anonymous OV-chipkaart'.
Schiphol Airport: Arrivals Hall 2 – Holland Tourist Information. Several shops and newsagents across Amsterdam. Some hotels. You can also buy the card online with special deals.
The personal OV-chipkaart can only be purchased online via www.ov-chipkaart.nl; they cannot be bought from NS directly. This website also provides information about the status of your order.
A personal OV-chipkaart costs € 7,50 and is valid for five years. You will receive your new card within six working days.
The I amsterdam City Card offers a unique way to explore Amsterdam. You get access to all major highlights and more than 70 museums, city-wide public transport, a canal cruise and bicycle rent.
Can you travel in the Netherlands without OV-chipkaart?
There are two main ways to pay while traveling by train in the Netherlands. You can either buy tickets online or from a ticket machine, or you can use your OV-chipkaart, or smartphone using OVPay.
➢ Choose an amount you wish to add. ➢ You can pay using cash (coins) and debit cards (Dutch PIN/Maestro/V-Pay) and credit cards (MasterCard/Visa). Topping up the debit on the “OV-Chipkaart” outside train stations.
Train travel from the airport
Train travel is not included with the City Card, such as the journey from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station.
The Tourist Day Ticket solves these problems for you, as it is valid with all transporters and has a fixed price. This makes the Tourist Day Ticket the ideal travel card Netherlands.
Yes, checking in and out with your contactless debit or credit card is cheaper than buying a regular ticket from the bus driver. The price for your trip is the same as when you travel with your OV-chipkaart without a discount or season ticket.
The cheapest way to travel around Amsterdam is walking but if you need to get somewhere fast, the use of an OV chip card is the answer.
It is easy to travel throughout the Netherlands by train, bus, metro or ferry. What's more, it is incredibly sustainable. The rail network in the Netherlands is quite extensive and the trains are modern and comfortable.
A national 'OV-chipcard' (smartcard) for public transport was introduced in 2012. Since then, we use this OV-chipcard for public transport everywhere in the Netherlands. Regardless of whether you take the bus, tram, metro or train, you can use this card to pay for any trip you make.
Of course, if you are only here for a holiday and will be walking around and only occasionally using trams, buses or metros. there is not much point in getting an OV-chipkaart. However, if you plan on being here for a while, then getting a card you can use to jump on a bus or train when you like is pretty handy.
→ compared to the basic public transport ticket, the additional cost for the “I Amsterdam” card pays off quickly if you are planning on visiting some of the attractions that Amsterdam has to offer. → If you only need a ticket for public transportation, then you are better off with a GVB single-day-ticket.
Can two people use one Amsterdam card?
The Validity of the I Amsterdam City Card
The card is valid for one person and can be purchased locally at various points of sale or at a discounted price from us online.
Many shops and restaurants in Amsterdam accept credit cards, but not all. It is therefore recommended to either ask before you order or ensure you have a sufficient amount in cash to cover the bill. Most shops and restaurants do not accept €200 or €500 notes.
Forgotten to check out
Forgot to check out? You have 6 hours to check out at an NS pole or gate after checking in. Make sure to scan your OV-chipkaart oon the checkout side. If you cannot check out on time, we will charge you a correction fee or the boarding fee.
You can use the anonymous card with more people, but not at the same time. If you occasionally travel by public transport or if you do not want to disclose your personal details, the anonymous OV-chipkaart is probably suitable for you.
For travel in Amsterdam (GVB), you can buy a single ride (actually 1 hour) ticket for €2.80. But it is more economical to buy a 24-hour (€7.50), 48-hour (€12) or 72-hour (€16.50) card, valid on all trams, metros and GVB (night)busses.