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 NS Dutch Railways plus all other domestic Dutch train companies – Arriva, Breng, Connexxion and Syntus. 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.
Note, we are pleased to see that the Kruidvat tickets are OV-chip cards again – the previous offer in late 2017 was an e-ticket which required a registration online.
Latest Kruidvat Train Ticket Offer
The current Kruidvat train day tickets are valid for 1 day’s travel between 12 March and 13 May 2018. These are on sale only between 12-25 March 2018.
The tickets are valid during the week Monday to Friday outside of the peak hours. You can check-in for a train trip before 0630, 0900-1600 and after 1830. You can travel anytime during Saturday and Sunday. The card is not valid on King’s Day (April 27th).
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 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)