Step 3: Public transport

Make sure you can travel with public transport.

One of your first payments will be for your OV-chipkaart. The card is the main payment method used for public transportation in the NL. You will only need to charge money on the card, and you will be able to travel free of tickets, by scanning the card at the departure and arrival stations or bus stops.

Although there are two different cards, a personal and an anonymous, we suggest you apply for the personalized one, as the government offers different discounts for students.

The cost for the card is 7,50, and to apply you will need a digital photo in jpg (max 5MB) and the iDEAL payment method.

In every station, you will be able to find service point machines to charge your OV, or you can do it online and pick up your order at any machine available in the city and stores. Order your OV-Chipcard here.

Checklist for this step.

Travel Allowances.

There are ways to travel for free (as a EU Student). This is part of the student finance. Read more about student finance in the next step. 


Press the button below to start registration for the travel card (OV).

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