The Kruidvat train day tickets are once again available for sale. You can purchase these over-the-counter at Kruidvat chemist stores or online between 7 and 19 October 2014, subject to availability. These tickets are one of the best travel bargains in the Netherlands.
The Trein Dagkaart (train day ticket) costs just €13.99 – it offers 1 day of unlimited travel on the entire Dutch rail network. The ticket is valid for for travel at weekends only between 11 October 2014 and 25 January 2014.
The Kruidvat ticket is basically a disposable OV-chip card. You must check-in and check-out of your journey when travelling with NS trains by holding the ticket against the special card readers on the platforms.
The train ticket is valid on all other domestic Dutch train companies – Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Syntus and Veolia – these require that you date stamp your ticket before travel using the yellow stamping machines on the platforms.
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 journey to the likes of Maastricht or Groningen or perhaps make multiple stopovers during the day. One thing to bear in mind – these tickets cover part of the winter period. Any severe winter weather can disrupt train services significantly.
Should you wish to purchase these ticket(s) you need to hurry to a Kruidvat store as they are popular and can sell out quickly. A maximum of 2 tickets per client is available. Online sales are also possible at kruidvat.nl 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