In Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses, metros and trains. Residents in Amsterdam typically own a personalised card that can be recharged with credit or other travel tickets. However, it is also possible to purchase a non-personalised card that can be reused and recharged with credit at any time.
Choose your credit for the Public Transport Chip Card
If you buy your OV-chipkaart in a store in Holland you will notice that it is not charged yet and you are not able to travel before you charge it. This is a problem that is easily solved by ordering your card at public-transport-holland.com, we can charge your OV-chipkaart with credit of your choice for a small fee so that you can use it immediately.
Furthermore, if you want to be able to travel by train you should activate your OV-chipkaart for either first or second class before traveling. This is a time consuming process, for this matter we give you the opportunity to order a card that is pre-activated for either first or second class.
Purchasing a public transport chip card
Non-personalised (rechargeable) cards: Available at our webshops and supermarkets.
The most important tip for using your public transport chip card is to always remember to check in and check out! At the start of your journey, hold your card up to the card reader until you see a green light and hear a beep. Do the same every time you leave the tram/bus/metro (also required if changing to another bus or tram). In buses and trams, card readers are located inside the vehicle next to each door. If travelling by metro or train, you need to check in and check out at the card readers located on free-standing poles near the entrance/exit of each station.
On all forms of transport, look for the OV-Chipkaart logo (pictured above right). If you forget to check out, your card may no longer be valid for the subsequent part of your journey, and if you forget to check in you risk being fined by the transport operator.
Please note: if travelling on local public transport with a rechargeable card, the card must contain enough credit to complete a single journey. And for train travel, it is necessary to have a minimum of €10 credit on the card before checking in. For traveling with NS trains a minimum of € 20,00.
Plan your travels with the OV-chipcard
If you are going to the Netherlands, then it’s highly recommended to plan your travels ahead! This way you can make sure you ride comfortably with Public Transport.
See the website 9292. This is very reliable application for travel plans with public transport for your OV-chipcard
Are staying in the Netherlands for a longer time? Then you might want to check out a Personal OV-chipcard. With this card you can load travel subscriptions.
With subscriptions, you can travel with a higher discount then you usually do with travel credit!
Shawn O’Neal (verified owner) –
Dear PTHS staff,
I want you to know that I had no problem receiving the OV-chipkaart this past Friday. I thank you for an easy transaction and good service.
Brevard, NC, USA
David Nutt (verified owner) –
Rapid despatch of OVChipkaart
Cyril Dance-Jedliczka (verified owner) –
Perfect service. The Card arrived litteraly within just a few days. And the instructions for the activation of the
Lorrayne Smith (verified owner) –
Brilliant – I wish I had found this earlier. Ordering the card was super easy, it arrived within 1 week and was pre-loaded with 10 Euros so I could use it straight away before finding an OV machine where I could load the additional 40 Euro credit I had purchased. Using OV card stops me having to pay credit card foreign exchange transaction fees on my credit card every time I travel (as the bus does not accept cash, you have to use a card) and saves the language barrier as I can just tap in and out. I would recommend this to anyone going to Netherlands if they are planning on using public transport.
Nicolaas de Groot (verified owner) –
Fast & easy, perfect!
Stuie (verified owner) –
Two refunds for our expired cards arrived promptly and the two new cards arrived soon after. The process was easy and smooth. Haven’t had the chance to activate them yet, but I’m certain that will be painless as well. Mant thanks.
Maria V (verified owner) –
Fast process on purchasing. Also easy to collect at the collection point at Schiphol airport. Done and ready to be used in minutes.