Two one-way tickets for € 24 (€ 12 per ticket)

klok 10 Sep 2018 11:03

Do you want to discover the Netherlands by train, but without breaking the bank? Would some one-way tickets come in handy? Look no further! It is now possible to purchase two one-way tickets for €24. This means you pay only €12 per ticket. When purchasing the tickets, it is not necessary to indicate when and where you will travel yet. This makes the tickets perfect for a spontaneous trip to your favorite Dutch city! What’s more, you can use both one-way tickets on different routes and you do not need a OV-chipkaart for this offer.

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Travel period

As with every special offer, there are a number of restrictions that you need to take into account. Firstly, the journey must take place within a specific period. At the time of writing, the tickets can be used before or on September 30, 2018. However, experience shows that the travel period of special offers like this often gets extended. For this reason, make sure to check the updated travel period on the website selling the train tickets, Even though the website is in Dutch, you can easily find the end of the travel period without any knowledge of the Dutch language. Simply look for the words “geldig t/m”. After these words you will find the end of the travel period.

Time restrictions

Secondly, the NS Day Return Ticket is subject to a time restriction. From Monday to Friday, it is not possible to use the tickets before 9am. On Saturday and Sunday, there is no such restriction: on these days you can travel the entire day. Are you travelling after midnight? No problem: the train tickets are valid until 4am. Perfect for those who love partying and want to have a drink before hopping on the train! However, make sure to check beforehand when the last train leaves.

Budget-friendly for longer distances

This offer is only beneficial when you are travelling a longer distance. Travellers are only planning a short train trip (like taking the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal) are better off purchasing a full rate, regular ticket. Are you planning to travel back and forth on the same day? In that case, it might be cheaper to purchase a day ticket or a return ticket. In order to be sure that you are purchasing the cheapest ticket, have a look at our price comparison tool. At the time of writing, this tool is partially available in English. We are currently working on making it fully accessible for English-speaking travellers.

How to purchase the train tickets

Are you interested in the train tickets? Here’s how you buy them! You can find the train tickets on the website The person who is purchasing the tickets does not necessarily have to be the person who is travelling. After purchasing the tickets, you receive a Dutch e-mail with two links. You need these links to redeem the two tickets. The links will send you to the website of Dutch Railways ( While the links will most likely send you to the Dutch version of this website, is also available in English. On this page, you can redeem your tickets by using the coupon code you will find in the e-mail. In order to redeem your train ticket, you must specify on what day you want to travel. As it is not possible to change this later on, it is advisable to redeem your tickets only when you are sure that you will use them and when you will use them. Furthermore, you must indicate between which train stations you will travel. It is not necessary to choose train stations that have a direct connection. Finally, you must specify who will travel with the ticket. After completing this process, your ticket will be generated. You can choose to print your ticket, but you can also download the Dutch Railways App (“Reisplanner Xtra”), which allows you to show your ticket on your mobile phone.

Other things you need to know

On some Dutch train stations, gates block the entrance to the train platforms. These gates can be opened with the barcode on your e-ticket. Travellers who did not print their e-ticket, can open the gates by scanning the barcode on their phone. Are you travelling between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam Centraal (or vice versa)? If you wish to travel with the fast Intercity Direct, you are obliged to pay an additional fee per person. If you travel with the regular Intercities, this fee is not required. However, as these Intercities also stop at Leiden and The Hague, the trip between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam Centraal takes approximately half an hour longer. Finally, travellers must take into account that maintenance might be carried out on and around the railroads. This usually takes place in the evening, at night and in the weekend. To make sure that your train is operating (on time), it is advisable to check the Dutch Railways app (“Reisplanner”) before your departure. If your trajectory is under construction, this will appear in the app at least 10 days before departure. Is your train cancelled? Don’t worry: Dutch Railways will make sure to replace your train with buses. Naturally, you can use your train ticket in these buses. However, it is not possible to use your train ticket in regular buses.

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