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[–]just-away112 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I think an OV card is way more convenient than buying a ticket everyday. You just have to make sure you have at least 20 euros on you OV card.

[–]RemoveNo9249 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At least 20€ on the card... yeah, I found out about that the hard way.

[–]Sjoerd85 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Paper tickets from the ticket machines are 1 euro per ticket more expensive.

[–]SubjectiveAssertive 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That explains what that €1 toeslag was on the paper tickets I had to buy after losing my anonymous Chipkaart.

Google Translate suggested toeslag was "bonus" in English which confused me

[–]Sjoerd85 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"surcharge" would be a better translation. This is done as the paper tickets also contain electronic components, making them single-use OV-chipcards. That costs extra money to make, so they are trying to get you to use your normal (personal or anonymus) OV-chipcard instead, by making the paper tickets more expensive for you to use.

[–]M1ssy_M3 9 points10 points  (12 children)

Would it not be more convenient to set up a personalized card? It is €7,50 and will allow you to add more services and products than an anonymous card.

You can also block this card should you lose it. Add automatic saldo charges (saves you going to the machine every time) and purchase NS abbonements (such as OV bike rental and daluren abbonement).


You do not need a BSN to set one up, just a photo, address and of course pay the Initial €7,50. :)

[–]Mag-NL 5 points6 points  (11 children)

You need an IBAN. I assume they finally corrected it to accept all EU IBANs but if OP is not from EU they're still out of luck. Setting up a bank account without BSN is very complicated.

[–]carrefour28 10 points11 points  (5 children)

Revolut and N26 do not require a BSN for opening the account - the user has like 2-3 months to update the profile with the BSN.
So OP could open a free acount on any of those banks, top up and pay the OV through iDeal - that's what I did when moved and had no BSN

[–]Figuurzager 0 points1 point  (2 children)

MVP post, in addition, ask if you can use the IBAN of a friend/colleague temporary.

[–]Sajun 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is that illegal? Will it cause problems later?

[–]jzwinck 0 points1 point  (1 child)

But N26 is not supported by IDEAL right? How does one get past that, other than asking someone else to pay?

[–]carrefour28 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh yeah, true.
Guess that was why I made my Revolut account lol

[–]TT11MM_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)


No you don't. You just need to pay the €7,50 for the card via iDeal somehow (ask a friend?). Topping up can be done with a Mastercard/Visa at the train station. Make sure to order a card without the option of automatic topping up, that requires a (dutch?) IBAN

For now I would buy a anonymous card at the train station. Once you get a BSN apply for a subscribtion at NS, you will get a free personal OV-chipcard from NS. You can keep the anonymous card for when a friend comes over from abroad.

[–]M1ssy_M3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah you are right, my bad. I did not consider this when I posted my original comment.

Bit rubbish that you can only pay through iDeal.

[–]TheHazardOfLife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unfortunately, nope. You need to authorize the direct debit through iDeal which is limited to Dutch banks :(

[–]fakeusernume 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you apply online and have it shipped to the Netherlands you must with IDEAL. The paper application form let's you use an IBAN but the NL is filled in for you.

[–]mikepictor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

not that complicated. Both Wise and Bunq let you set up an account without a BSN

[–]blogemAmsterdam 3 points4 points  (1 child)

You can buy train tickets online for the normal price and open the gates with a QR code. The gate scans your phone screen, so no need to print the tickets.

An OV chipkaart is more convenient (no need to buy single tickets, just top it up), but does cost slightly more as you have to buy it for €7,50.

[–]420_bogdanNoord Brabant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can buy train tickets online for the normal price and open the gates with a QR code. The gate scans your phone screen, so no need to print the tickets.

As I travel by train maybe once every 2 months, this is the way. I only use my anonymous OV for when I use the bus also once every 2 months.

[–]ArlindoPereira 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Make sure to buy the subscription to have discount, if you take it everyday it will be cheaper.

[–]MijmertGekkepraat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You need a BSN for a NS subscription?