A few times per year, Dutch chemist chain Kruidvat offers its Trein Dagkaart (train day ticket) which allows unlimited travel for 1 person on the entire Dutch rail network for one Saturday or Sunday. Costing just €13.99 (or €12.99 each for 2 tickets; €11.99 each for 3 tickets) this ticket is valid for a period of about 3 months and remains one of the great travel bargains of the Netherlands!
The Kruidvat day ticket is a disposable OV-chip card and is valid for 2nd class travel on NS Dutch Railways plus all other domestic Dutch train companies – Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Syntus and Veolia. Travel is also allowed on Intercity Direct and ICE International trains with the appropriate domestic supplement; it is NOT valid on the Thalys service.
You must check-in and check-out of your journey by placing the ticket against the special card readers on the platforms. You can only use the ticket on a single day during a weekend.
Latest Kruidvat Train Ticket Dates
The current Kruidvat train day tickets are valid for 1 day’s travel on a Saturday or Sunday between 4 February and 16 April 2017. These are on sale only between 30 January and 12 February 2017.
Tickets can be bought at any Kruidvat store or online at kruidvat.nl. For online purchases there is a maximum of 4 tickets per client with payment possible by iDeal (Dutch bank transfer), MasterCard and Visa. Delivery costs €3.99 but becomes free for orders over €50 (4 tickets). Delivery is for Dutch addresses only or pick-up at a Kruidvat store of your choice. Unfortunately, no international delivery is possible.
These train tickets are very popular and can sell out quickly. If you are looking to buy and are in town when they are available then do hurry over to a Kruidvat store as soon as possible.
Interesting Dutch train day ticket itineraries
The best use of these tickets is to take long trips and/or make multiple stopovers during your travel day. An obvious use is to head out to some outlying Dutch cities such as Maastricht, Middelburg or Groningen. A standard return ticket from Amsterdam to these cities would normally cost around 50 euros, so the savings can be significant. Examples are: