Traveling by Bus
The bus is a convenient means of transport for travelling within a city or from the city to surrounding villages and towns. Buses stop at a station after a few stops, from where you can also travel by metro, train or tram.
To travel by bus you can use an OV-chipcard. You can put a balance on the ov-chipkaart at a station, online or order a card with balance. Another option is to order a day pass. You can also pay for a one-way journey by debit card on the bus.Available Bus Tickets
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.
Traveling by bus and 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-chipcard.
This smart card costs € 8,- but comes without travel credit, so you must charge credit to the card at a service desk or (NS) yellow service machine. You must have a positive balance on your anonymous OV-chipcard 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.Buy your Public Transport Chip Card
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.
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