I am travelling to Belgium or Germany with a season ticket. How can I open the gates without paying the boarding fee?

  • Are you travelling with a Belgian or German season ticket combined with one of the following NS season tickets on your OV-chipkaart?
    • Weekend Vrij 
    • Dal Vrij 
    • OV Studentenreisproduct
    • Traject Vrij for International Journeys (Monthly or Annual)
    • NS-Business Card Traject Vrij
  • NS has a solution for this situation that enables you to open gates without having to keep paying the boarding fee. It provides you with a square barcode for your cross-border journey that can open the gates on your departure and arrival stations in the Netherlands. To apply for this square barcode, send an email with a copy of your season ticket from the other country and the number on your OV-chipkaart to keycard@ns.nl. You will receive an email with the square barcode within 5 working days.
  • Are you travelling with a Belgian or German season ticket combined with one of the following NS season tickets on your OV-chipkaart?
    • OV Vrij
    • Altijd Vrij
    • NS-Business Card Trein Vrij
    • NS-Business Card OV Vrij
    • Kids Vrij
  • Your OV-chipkaart operates only as a key when it opens a gate. Nothing is deducted from the balance.

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