Following Kruidvat’s December offer for weekend day tickets, Dutch household chain Blokker is offering a 1 day off-peak ticket (dal vrij dagkaart) for unlimited train travel in Netherlands for €15.50.
These day tickets are available for purchase at Blokker stores in the Netherlands between 2nd and 19th January 2014. 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 deliver to a Dutch address for €0.99.
The tickets are valid for 1 day’s travel between now and 16th March 2014 and are in the form of a disposable OV-chip card. For travel on NS trains you must check-in at one of the card readers. 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. However you could check-in before 0630 and then travel during peak hours. Note, the non-NS providers do not allow travel during the peak hours.
There are no time restrictions for use at weekends.
Domestic travel is also valid on Intercity Direct (Schiphol-Rotterdam) and ICE International trains (Amsterdam-Utrecht-Arnhem) with the appropriate supplement.
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 great value if doing day trips from Amsterdam to some of the outlying cities in Netherlands such as Groningen or Maastricht. They are also good for making multiple stops at different places during the day.
Before choosing a travel day do check for any scheduled rail works which could disrupt your route.