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Keuzedag en international travel

From the Netherlands to a station abroad

Are you taking an international trip, then your Keuzedag is valid up to the border. If travelling back to the Netherlands on the same day, then your Keuzedag is still valid.

You can book your trip from the departure station in the Netherlands to your final destination with one ticket. On the domestic part of the trip you will be entitled to get a 100% discount*. Please indicate this while booking:

  • Via our website: select the option '100% discount in the Netherlands'.
  • Via an NS ticket machine: select the option '100% discount in the Netherlands'.
*Discount does not apply on Thalys, Eurostar and Nightjet trains.

Then you will receive an international ticket which includes the 100% discount.

Please note: when booking the Sparpreis Europa rate to Germany, it is not possible to use your Keuzedag.

On the date of travel you have to check in with your Keuzedag for the domestic part of your trip during off-peak hours: (from Monday till Friday 4.00 to 6.30 hrs, 9.00 to 16.00 hrs and after 18.30 hrs. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays the whole day). This is to validate the pass for travel on that day. You cannot check out at the station abroad. If you load the Keuzedag on your OV-chipkaart, no money will be deducted from your balance.

From a station abroad to the Netherlands

Are you travelling back on the same day as the outward journey?

We advise you to buy an international ticket for your entire journey. This means: from your boarding station abroad to your final destination in the Netherlands. When booking, please indicate that you have a 100% discount in the Netherlands. Upon arrival, you check out with the Keuzedag. This is also allowed during the afternoon rush hour.

Are you travelling back on a day other than your outward journey?

Buy a ticket from your departure station abroad to the first arrival station of the international train in the Netherlands and get off there.

  • Do you have a Keuzedag on the OV-chipkaart? Load the Keuzedag at an NS ticket machine.
  • If you have a Keuzedag on the one-time smart card, check in via the card reader on a pole or gate. This is only possible during off-peak hours (from Monday till Friday 4.00 to 6.30 hrs, 9.00 to 16.00 hrs and after 18.30 hrs. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays the whole day).

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