Dutch chemist chain Kruidvat is currently offering its cut-price train day tickets (travel weekends only) for sale. These are available to buy over-the-counter at Kruidvat stores or online between 3 and 15 February 2015, subject to availability. These tickets are one of the great travel bargains of the Netherlands!
The Trein Dagkaart (train day ticket) price remains at €13.99 – it offers 1 day of unlimited travel on the entire Dutch rail network. The ticket is valid for travel only during weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 7 February and 24 May 2015.
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 train ticket is valid on NS Dutch Railways and all other domestic Dutch train companies – Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Syntus and Veolia. If using Connexxion trains you can just show the ticket to the conductor, no check-in/out is necessary.
Travel is also valid 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 a long trips or make multiple stopovers. Example journeys we like are taking the train down to Maastricht and then onto Valkenburg; or a trip to Groningen and Leeuwarden and then down to the small coastal towns of Hindeloopen and Stavoren in Friesland.
These tickets are really popular so hurry over to Kruidvat if you are looking to purchase. Buying online is possible at kruidvat.nl (max 2 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 10 Kruidvat stores in Amsterdam:
Nieuwendijk 160 (closest to centre, near Dam)
Ferdinand Bolstraat 33-39
van Woustraat 98-102