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What is the OV-chipkaart?

The smart-card system, the OV-chipkaart (chip card used to pay for public transport), is the form of paying for public transport. OV stands for openbaar vervoer (public transport). It resembles a bank card and contains an invisible chip and must be topped up before the start of any journey. The OV-chipkaart can be used on public transport all over the Netherlands.

For further details visit the website of the OV-chipkaart and select ‘English’ at the top right corner of the site to change the language: www.ov-chipkaart.nl.

How does the OV-chipkaart work?

What types of OV-chipkaart are there?

Can I travel by public transport if I don't have an OV-chipkaart?

How can I find out which tram, bus or train I need and the departure times?

How can I go to the railway station or from the railway station to my destination?

What kinds of tickets are available for the train?

It seems that everybody is biking in the Netherlands. Where can I buy a bike for myself?

What kinds of bikes are available?

I have hardly any knowledge of biking. How can I learn to bike?

Are there any special traffic rules for cyclists?

What is the minimum age to ride a moped in the Netherlands?

Are there any special traffic rules for mopeds?