As of TODAY, you can check into Dutch public transport with your phone or bank card

The day has come! You can now officially check into (most) Dutch public transport using your phone, bank card or smartwatch.

After a long wait, OVpay is launching in most of the Netherlands TODAY. Alongside the NS, who are officially introducing the payment system on its trains, Qbuzz and Arriva are also joining the club.

This means that, besides your trusty OV-Chipkaart, you can now use your bank card to check into most Openbaar Vervoer (public transport). Hoera!

How does OVpay work?

Checking into public transport using your bank card is as easy as appeltaart. You do not have to activate a special setting on your card, so as long as you have a debit or credit card, you are all set. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Take the bank card you’d like to use for travel out of your wallet, or activate the contactless payment function on your smartphone or watch. 🤳
  2. Just as you would with your OV-Chipkaart, hold your card or device against the card scanner. This will check you in.
  3. Check out using the same card you checked in with. This is important, because if you use a different one, the pole will recognize that as a new check-in, and will charge you extra. 

And ta-da, you will have successfully used OVpay, gefeliciteerd! 🥳

Time to get rid of your OV-Chipkaart? Not just yet.

While the OVpay system is extremely handy, especially for tourists visiting the Netherlands, there are some functions that the system is still missing.

For the time being, OVpay does not allow you to use any discount subscriptions you may have. So, if you usually have student travel product, or 40% off outside rush hours, you’ll want to continue using your trusty yellow OV-Chipkaart.

READ NEXT | Here’s how to check into Dutch public transport with your bank card

Will you be checking into public transport with your bank card from now on? Tell us in the comments!

Feature Image:NS Beeldbank
Lyna Meyrer 🇱🇺
Lyna Meyrer 🇱🇺
Say 'hoi' to Lyna, our Senior Writer at DutchReview! Fueled by a love for writing, social media, and all things Dutch, she joined the DR family in 2022. Since making the Netherlands her home in 2018, she has collected a BA in English Literature & Society (Hons.) and an RMA in Arts, Literature and Media (Hons.). Even though she grew up just a few hours away from the Netherlands, Lyna remains captivated by the guttural language, quirky culture, and questionable foods that make the Netherlands so wonderfully Dutch.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

Dutch Quirk #99: Drink beer like it’s a national sport

The Netherlands is home to many big beer brands like Heineken, Hertog Jan, and Bavaria, but the Dutch drink a whooooole lot of it...

Street newspaper seller found with almost €32,000 in cash — but why?

Police officers in the Hague arrested a suspiciously successful street newspaper seller on Saturday.  To the officers’ surprise, the paper in the seller’s possession went...

We asked readers about their experiences with the infamous Dutch directness

Ahhh, the infamous Dutch directness: is it a stereotype, or is it accurate? Should it even be called "directness" or simply, "honesty"? Straightforwardness is so...

It's happening

Upcoming events

The latest Dutch news.
In your inbox.