A few times per year, Dutch chemist chain Kruidvat offers its Trein Dagkaart (train day ticket) which allows unlimited travel for 1 person for a day on the entire Dutch rail network.
Costing just €15.99 (or €14.99 each for 2 tickets; €13.99 each for 3+ tickets), it is valid for a period of 2 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 any NS Dutch Railways train plus all other domestic Dutch rail companies – Arriva, Blauwnet, Breng, Connexxion (Valleilijn), Keolis and R-net.
Travel is also allowed on Intercity Direct and ICE International trains with the appropriate domestic supplement; it is NOT valid on the Thalys and Eurostar services.
To activate the ticket simply check-in at one of the card readers at a train station, located at gate barriers or near station platforms. You must always check-in and check-out each time you make a journey on the day.
Once in use, the ticket will automatically expire at 0400 the following day. You cannot reuse it again.
Latest Kruidvat Train Ticket Offer
The current Kruidvat train day tickets are valid for 1 day’s travel between 18 June and 26 August 2018. These are on sale only between 18 June to 1 July 2018.
The tickets are valid during the week Monday to Friday for check-in outside of the peak hours and anytime during Saturday and Sunday.
On weekdays you can check-in for a train trip before 0630, 0900-1600 and after 1830. You can actually travel during the rush hour periods (0630-0900, 1600-1830) as long as you have checked in during the off-peak times.
You must however travel on a service within 30 minutes of check-in.
Tickets can be bought at any Kruidvat store or online at kruidvat.nl. For online purchases there is a maximum of 10 tickets per client with payment possible by iDeal (Dutch bank transfer), Visa and Mastercard.
Postal delivery to an address in the Netherlands is free for orders over €50 (minimum of 4 tickets), otherwise delivery costs €3.99. You can also request local pick-up (free) at any Kruidvat store.
A standard off-peak Holland Travel Ticket valid all day after 0900 costs €39, so the Kruidvat ticket does save a decent sum. Although the Holland Travel Ticket is valid on all public transport in the Netherlands and does not have any evening rush-hour restriction.
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.
Amsterdam-Maastricht-Valkenburg, with possible stopovers in Utrecht, Den Bosch, Eindhoven or Roermond.
Amsterdam-Groningen-Leeuwarden and on to the Friesian coastal villages of Hindeloopen and Stavoren.
Amsterdam-Middelberg/Vlissingen with stops in Breda, Dordrecht, Rotterdam etc.
Or to plan your own route check out the NS (Dutch Railways) site
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. Children aged 0-3 travel free.
Do beware that rail maintenance is often planned over weekends so check your route at the NS site before travel.
If you are not able to buy this time but want more info on rail travel in the Netherlands then see our Dutch train tickets guide
Kruidvat Stores in Amsterdam
Kruidvat is a chemist chain with stores in most towns and cities of the Netherlands. There are 29 Kruidvat stores in the Amsterdam area including the following around the centre and beyond:
Nieuwendijk 160 (near Dam Square)
Kalverstraat 226 (near Muntplein)
Regulierbreestraat 22 (near Muntplein/Rembrandtplein)
Jodenbreestraat 96B (near Waterlooplein)
Bilderdijkstraat 73-87 (west Amsterdam)
Kinkerstraat 244 (west Amsterdam)
Van Limburg-Stirumstraat 58 (Westerpark area)
Jan Van Galenstraat 114h (west Amsterdam)
Ferdinand Bolstraat 33-39 (de Pijp)
Ferdinand Bolstraat 125-127 (de Pijp)
van Woustraat 98-102 (de Pijp)
Dapperplein 62 (east Amsterdam)
Rijnstraat 53-55-57 (Rivierenbuurt)
Maasstraat 46-48 (Rivierenbuurt)
Oostelijke Handelskade 1033 (KNSM island)