OV-Chipcard (PT Smart Card)

OV-Chipcard (PT Smart Card) for travelers

The public transport chip card (OV chipkaart) is all you need to access the Dutch public transport network. After putting credit on the chip card to pay as you go, adding a one-way ticket to the card or adding a public transport pass, you then check in by holding the chip card in front of one of the chip card readers which are located on every railway platform or in buses, trams, underground trains, etc. If no valid ticket or pass has been added to the chip card, you can use your pay-as-you-go balance to pay the fare. When you reach your final destination, you check out at one of the chip card readers. Thats why this card is so called "One card fits all".

The OV-chipkaart (from Dutch openbaar 'public' + vervoer 'transport' + chipkaart 'chip card') is a contact less smart card system which is in the process of being introduced and that eventually will operate on all public transport in the Netherlands, such as train, metro, tram and bus. It replaces both paper train tickets and the strippenkaart, which had hitherto been used for all other means of transport in the Netherlands. It allows the combination of card integration (the same card is used for multiple transport companies) and price differentiation (by company, time of day, day of the week, etc.), and reduces fare dodging.

GVB introduces this ticket since August 27,2009, the only valid ticket on the city’s underground metro line is the new OV-Chipcard (PT Smart Card). The PT Smart Card eventually introduced in all of Amsterdam, and later throughout the Netherlands and demised of the public transport company’s old ticket system, the so-called ‘strip card,. The strip card, however, still remain valid in the city’s buses and trams until the new smart cards are introduced there as well.

The OV-chipkaart is a cooperative initiative of five large public-transport operators: NS (railways), Connexxion (buses), RET (Rotterdam), GVB (Amsterdam), and HTM (The Hague). These five companies established the joint venture 'Trans Link Systems' (TLS) to implement the OV-chipkaart. However, all other public transport companies will eventually have to implement the system as well.

There are two different PT Smart Cards: the personalized OV-chipkaart and the anonymous OV-chipkaart. You can reload the e-purse on both of these cards, and you can travel anywhere with both of these cards. But there are a number of differences.

Personalized OV-chipkaart
personalized OV-chipcardThe personalized OV-chipkaart offers you the most advantages. You can reload the e-purse on the card as often as you want, either with a balance in euros or with a travel product (with, for example, a season ticket or with train tickets).

Anonymous OV-chipkaart
An anonymous card that you can only load with an e-purse and with train tickets. You cannot load season tickets onto this card. In some cases it's more convenient to travel with an anonymous card.

Disposable card disposable OV-chip card
You can also buy disposable cards at the Ticket Vending and Add Value machines at metro stations and metro stops. You can choose between single, double and four trip cards. Travel using separate cards is more expensive than using an OV-chipkaart.

For tourist visitors a disposable OV-chipkaart is advised. You can buy disposable cards at GVB Tickets & Info (Municipal Transport Company) across from the Central Station or at Metrostation Weesperplein, the Ticket Vending and Add Value machines and with tram and bus drivers and conductors. At the Ticket Vending and Add Value machines you can pay cash and with PIN, chip or credit card. For a list of hotels, stores etc. where the OV-chipkaart is sold.

You must touch your OV chipkaart on a electronic reader at the stations when entering and leaving them in order to validate the card or deduct funds. At the start and at the end of your journey you need to 'touch in' and 'touch out' (contact is not necessary but the range of the reader is only a few centimetres). Trams and buses also have readers, on the driver's ticket machine or near the other entrance doors as well. You have to apply for your personalized OV-chipkaart at GVB, using the application form. The card itself carries a one-time price of € 7,50 and is valid for five years.

OV-Chipcard (PT Smart Card) Customer Service
For enquiries, comments or suggestions, please call
Customer Service at 0900 8011 (in the Netherlands, local rates).
E-mail: cust...@gvb.nl

Or write to:
GVB Klantenservice
P.O. Box 2131
1000 CC Amsterdam
The Netherlands

National Travel Information Line "OV9292" (dutch only!)
Telephone: 0900 9292 (€ 0.70 per minute)
Open: Monday to Friday, 6am - midnight
Saturday & Sunday, 7am - midnight
Or visit www.9292ov.nl
9292 Customer Service: 0900 899 8585
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