In addition to the trains (NS), you can also explore Holland quite easily by bus, metros and tram. Most bus stations are situated next to the train station in the center of a city or town. City buses, trams or metros will take you anywhere within the cities. Regional buses travel to the smaller towns and villages. Express bus services and the Interliner buses are comfortable alternatives for the train for inter-city travelling.


There are extensive city and regional bus lines in Holland. This means that, wherever you are in Holland, there are bus services that will take you to most places, quickly and affordably. While bus companies vary per region, the connections are generally excellent, so you can reach your destination quickly. You will need a valid ticket to travel by bus: a single-use chip card or an anonymous OV-chipkaart (smart card). Single-use chip cards can also be bought from the driver on the bus, but that usually costs more.

Using the OV-chipkaart

All means of public transport in Holland require a so-called OV-chipkaart, a smart card that is valid on the bus, tram, metro and train. Since there is no specific OV-chipkaart for tourists, we recommend using an ‘anonymous’ OV-chipkaart. This smart card costs 7.50 euros but comes without travel credit, so you must charge credit to the card at a service desk or (NS) ticket machine with the pink OV-chipkaart logo. You must have at least 4 euros worth of travelling credit on your anonymous OV-chipkaart to use the bus, tram or metro or at least 20€ for travelling with NS trains . Once charged, you can use your anonymous OV-chipkaart anywhere on  the bus, tram and metro right away! Always make sure to check in when boarding your bus, train or metro and don’t forget to check out  (in the bus) upon arrival.

Day tickets and single-use chip card

Amsterdam, Rotterdam and a few other cities offer special one to seven-day tickets for tourists. A perfect way to travel throughout the city without limitations at a special rate. If you don’t have an anonymous OV-chipkaart, you can also buy a single-use chip card, which is suitable for short trips and offers limited-time validity for bus, tram or metro in a city. Single-use chip cards are suitable for the incidental traveller. If you plan to use public transport services in Holland more than once, an anonymous OV-chipkaart is more practical and usually the cheaper option