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 this ticket is valid for a period of about 3 months and remains one of the great travel bargains of the Netherlands!
Note, the latest Kruidvat day ticket offer has been changed from a disposable OV-chip card to an e-ticket – we think this is a shame as it requires jumping through more hoops by having to register the ticket online and printing it out.
In contrast, the OV-chip cards were ready for immediate use. Personally we won’t be buying any more unless they go back to the OV-chip versions!
The ticket 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.
An e-ticket has a barcode which can be scanned to open the station barrier gates. 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 22 July and 22 October 2017. These are on sale only between 17-30 July 2017.
Ticket vouchers can be bought at any Kruidvat store or online at kruidvat.nl. For online purchases there is a maximum of 8 tickets per client with payment only possible by iDeal (Dutch bank transfer). The voucher is delivered via email.
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:
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 the weekend 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 26 Kruidvat stores in the Amsterdam area including the following around the centre and beyond:
Nieuwendijk 160 (near Dam Square)
Jodenbreestraat 96B (near Waterlooplein)
Regulierbreestraat 22 (near Rembrandtplein)
Bilderdijkstraat 73-87 (west Amsterdam)
Van Limburg-Stirumstraat 58 (Westerpark area)
Ferdinand Bolstraat 33-39 (de Pijp)
Ferdinand Bolstraat 125-127 (de Pijp)
van Woustraat 98-102 (de Pijp)
Dapperplein 62 (east Amsterdam)
Kinkerstraat 244 (west Amsterdam)
Jan Van Galenstraat 114h (west Amsterdam)
Rijnstraat 53-55-57 (Rivierenbuurt)
Maasstraat 46-48 (Rivierenbuurt)