The OV-chipkaart is the card that will allow you to use the public transports in the Netherlands – trains, buses, trams. There are two types of OV-chipkaart:
It is a card with your photograph that contains information on the amount of credit it still has on it, and whether you have a right to certain reductions, and on whether you are travelling on the basis of a public transportation ‘subscription’ or pass.
To apply to a personal ov-chipkaart visit https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/home-1.htm#/. The card costs 7.50 € and is valid for five years. To apply for the card you will need to have the following:
- Digital photo
- Dutch bank account
- Dutch address
- Dutch mobile number
If you are thinking to add a subscription to your ov-chipkaart, you can order the card and the subscription at the same time on http://www.ns.nl. In that case, you will receive the card for free.
Does not have your photograph and is issued without the option of an automatic ‘refill’ or the use of subscription or reductions.
It is a perfect option if you are thinking to use public transports occasionally. If your family/friends are visiting you, this card is also a good option for them.
You can get the anonymous ov-chipkaart at the service counters and newsagents and the cost is 7.50€ and is valid for five years.
As the card is anonymous, different people can use it in different times.