Public transport (OV)
If you want to travel from the asylum seekers centre to another place you can do this by bus, tram, metro or train. You will need a so-called OV-chipkaart. You have to put money on this card. You can buy or put money on an OV-chipkaart in many stations. You can also do this in some post offices.
You can practice traveling with an OV-chipkaart here!
Planning your route
Do you have an address of the place you want to visit? Or is the place a well-known spot? You can then plan your route via www.9292.nl. This website is for the bus, tram, metro and train. Are you only traveling by train? Then www.ns.nl is also a good website.
Buying an OV-chipkaart
You can buy an OV-chipkaart for €7.50. You can choose from two types of cards. A personal OV-chipkaart or an OV-chipkaart without a name.
A personal OV-chipkaart can be ordered online. The card is sent to your address and has your photo on it. Only you can use this card.
An OV-chipkaart without a name can be bought at the station. And in some news agents, tobacconists or supermarkets at the customer service desk. This card can be used by several people, but only one at a time.
Paying for your journey
Did you buy an OV-chipkaart? You will have to put enough money on your card, otherwise you can’t travel. You can put money on your card at a yellow OV-chipkaart vending machine. This can be found in the same places where you can buy an OV-chipkaart. If there’s enough money on your OV-chipkaart then you can check in and out with the card in the train, bus, tram and metro. You can now travel!
Watch out! If you haven’t paid you may have to pay a fine.
On https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/home.htm you can find more information about traveling with the OV-chipkaart. On http://www.uitlegov-chipkaart.nl/#!/ you can find an explanation about traveling with your OV-chipkaart. On this website you can practice traveling online!