Soon you’ll be able to catch the train in the Netherlands using just your bank card

NS plans to launch a new way of paying for and then catching their trains. The experiment will take place at the end of the month and providing all goes well, it should be the thing of the near (ish) future.

Yup, you heard right.

Instead of using your OV Chipkaart, you will scan in using your bank card. This makes complete sense as it’s something you’ll always have on you and it works in the same way.

Not much information has been given out about it yet, so we’re not entirely sure how it works. For example, how this works when train conductors check your ‘ticket’ – but they must have it figured out (hence the experiment).


Where will the trial take place?

It will only be taking place between Leiden and The Hague central station/Hollands Spoor. This will take place over a 6-month period, starting at the end of the month and 1,000 participants are needed. These participants need a contactless card from the following Dutch banks: Rabobank, ABN Amro, SNS or ING or a Visa and MasterCard credit card.

A gate will be put in place that will accept the bank card.

So, let’s see how this goes – we may be kissing goodbye to our OV Chipkaarts (possibly).

What are your thoughts on this new idea? Leave it in the comments!

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.



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