I'm travelling from Amsterdam airport to The Hague central on September 27th, returning back to the airport on the 30th; during that period I'm planning to go sightseeing to Amsterdam (mainly the Van Gogh museum and old city) on Friday 29th: which ticket solution do you recommend? Is the OV card cheaper than buying separate ticket?I usually tend to walk but if the weather is bad, a daily ticket for when in Amsterdam is suitable? Thank you for any advice. Michela
Beste antwoord door Rudi
In view of your proposed travel pattern, I presume the "anonymus OV-chipkaart" is a suitable option. It can be bought at ticket machines and ticket offices at any station, including Schiphol Airport. The price is a non-refundable 7.50 euro, payable by credit card, or cash at the ticket office only. However, you will also need to top up the card to a minimum of 16 euro in order to start a trip by train,or 4 euro to start a trip by tram or bus. When leaving the country,a Chipkaart balance *up to 30 euro* is refundable in cash at the railway ticket office.
Alternatively, single tickets are available, costing one euro more than the fare that will be deducted from the OV-Chipkaart. Single tickets on trams and buses are generally (much) more expensive than the kilometer based fare, charged to the Chipkaart.
A 24-hour ticket in Amsterdam would cost 7.50 euro, certainly more than a few OV-Chipkaart rides in the central part of the city.
In the end, you should balance the extra cost of single tickets against the purchase of the OV-Chipkaart, and the ease of use, especially when using local transport.