If you want to use public transport in the Netherlands, an OV chipcard – Openbaar Vervoer Card (Public transport card) is a must. It is the most economical and efficient way to access public transportation. These cards are good for buses, trams and trains. You can purchase an “anonymous” card at places like Albert Heijn or the transportation office across from Central station for 7 euros. Once you have the card, it can be reloaded at special machines located around town at stores like Primera and Albert Heijn. Note that these cards do have an expiration date.
You can also get a Personal OV Chipcard, which you can have, funds automatically withdrawn from your account once the card reaches a certain amount. To order your personal OV Chipkaart click here.
Discount Train Travel
You can purchase a train discount card through NS by clicking here. This card entitles you and up to three people traveling with you to 40% off the normal fare during off peak hours.
Bikes on Trains
We all know that the Netherlands is a very bike friendly country; however bringing your bike on the train is not always an easy experience. The trains can be crowded, only certain carts are equipped for bikes, not all trains accept bikes and you have to buy a r/t ticket for your bike. As an alternative, you can buy an annual subscription to the OV-Fiets and pick up a bike once you have reached your destination. For more information click here.
There are other products and discounts that can be found by visiting http://www.ns.nl/.