Dutch chemist chain Kruidvat is offering its latest Trein Dagkaart (train day ticket) which allows 1 day of unlimited travel on the entire Dutch rail network. Costing just €13.99, this ticket is valid for travel only during weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 10 October 2015 and 10 January 2016. These tickets remain one of the great travel bargains of the Netherlands!The Kruidvat day ticket is a disposable OV-chip card and you must check-in and check-out of your journey by placing the ticket against the special card readers on the platforms.
The ticket is valid on NS Dutch Railways and all other domestic Dutch train companies – Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Syntus and Veolia. If travelling with Connexxion trains you can just show the ticket to the conductor, no check-in/out is necessary.
Travel is also allowed on Intercity Direct and ICE International trains with the appropriate domestic supplement; it is NOT valid on the Thalys.
The best use of these tickets is to take long trips or make multiple stopovers. For example, why not head out to some outlying Dutch cities such as Maastricht, Vlissingen or Groningen? A return ticket from Amsterdam would normally cost around 50 euros, so the savings can be significant.
If you have a child aged 4-11 travelling with you they can purchase a standard Rail Runner ticket at the station for €2.50 which is also valid the whole day.
The tickets are available to buy over-the-counter at Kruidvat stores or online between 6 and 18 October 2015, subject to availability.
These tickets are very popular so hurry over to Kruidvat if you are looking to purchase. Buying online is possible at kruidvat.nl (max 4 tickets per client) with payment by iDeal (Dutch bank transfer), Mastercard and Visa – these are for Dutch address delivery only, foreign delivery is not possible.
Kruidvat is a nationwide chemist chain with stores in most towns and cities. There are 25 Kruidvat stores in the Amsterdam area including the following around the centre:
Nieuwendijk 160 (near Dam Square)
Van Limburg-Stirumstraat 58
Ferdinand Bolstraat 33-39
Ferdinand Bolstraat 125-127
van Woustraat 98-102