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Public Transport Chip Card

(2 customer reviews)


The OV-chipkaart is the means of payment used for public transportation throughout the Netherlands. There are two types: the anonymous or personal OV-chipkaart. You can use the OV-chipkaart to travel on GVB vehicles as well as other transportation companies in the Netherlands. And, it also works for the train. Order your OV-Chipkaart including travel credit now at!



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

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, 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.


Additional information

Traveling credit

€ 0 traveling credit, € 10 traveling credit, € 20 traveling credit, € 30 traveling credit, € 50 traveling credit

Activated for train travel

Activated for train travel 2d class, Activated for train travel 1st class, Not activated for train travel

2 reviews for Public Transport Chip Card

  1. 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.
    Kind regards,

    Shawn O’Neal
    Brevard, NC, USA

  2. David Nutt (verified owner)

    Rapid despatch of OVChipkaart

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