Dutch household chain Blokker is again offering a 1 day off-peak ticket (dal vrij dagkaart) in conjunction with NS (Dutch Railways) for unlimited train travel in Netherlands for just €14.95.
These day tickets are available for purchase at Blokker stores in the Netherlands until 7th September 2014, subject to availability. Online purchase is also possible at blokker.nl with payment accepted by iDeal (Dutch internet banking), Mastercard or Visa. You can pick-up the ticket(s) for free at a specified Blokker store or get free delivery to a Dutch address as long as the order is greater than €20.
The tickets are valid for 1 day’s rail travel between 25th August and 5th October 2014 and are in the form of a disposable OV-chip card. Since July it has been mandatory to use the OV-chip card on Dutch railways.
For travel on NS trains you must check-in and check-out using one of the card readers near the platforms. For travel on other train providers (Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Syntus and Veolia) you should date stamp the card at one of the stamping machines.
During the week (Mon-Fri) you are not allowed to check-in during the peak hours 0630-0900 or 1600-1830. You are able to check-in before 0630 and then travel during peak hours. Note, the other (non-NS) providers do not allow travel during the peak hours.
There are no time restrictions for use at weekends though be aware that rail works are often scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Domestic travel is also valid on Intercity Direct (Schiphol-Rotterdam) and ICE International trains (Amsterdam-Utrecht-Arnhem) with the appropriate supplement. No travel is permitted on the Thalys trains.
There are a number of Blokker stores in Amsterdam including at:
Kalverstraat 41 (main shopping street)
Ferdinand Bolstraat 100
Jan van Galenstraat 107A
2e Nassaustraat 25A-B
These tickets can offer superb value, especially if heading to some of the outlying cities in Netherlands such as Groningen or Maastricht. They are also very good for making multiple stops at different places during the day.