The Netherlands has excellent public transport. In the Nijmegen and Arnhem area you can get almost everywhere by train or bus. In the bigger cities, you can also use the tram or metro. To pay for these services you use an OV chip card (OV-chipkaart in Dutch).
OV chip card
The OV chip card allows you to travel by train, bus, tram, metro or ferry anywhere in the country. The card is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip.
How do you use the card? Just touch your card on the card reader when you enter the station. Touch out again when you arrive at your final destination.
How do you pay? The card uses the pre-paid principle. You load credit on your card at a vending machine or at a ticket office. You can also arrange automatic loading. That way when your credit runs low, it automatically tops up using funds from your bank account.
For information about the OV chip card, click here.
Flexible season tickets
For train travel, you can purchase a season ticket to suit your needs. For example, to get a discount only on weekends. Or to get a discount on weekends and at off-peak times.
You can’t cancel these tickets in the 1st year. See the website of the Dutch railways (NS) for further details. Or visit a ticket office at your nearest train station.