NS Day Return Ticket for € 23
10 Sep 2018 11:08
Are you planning a day trip to a Dutch city, but do you want to keep travel expenses as limited as possible? You’re in luck – it is now possible to purchase a day return ticket for just €23! With this ticket, you can travel from one station to another and back on one particular day. This budget-friendly ticket is only available online. When purchasing the tickets, it is not necessary to indicate when and where you will travel yet. What’s more, you do not need a OV-chipkaart for this offer.
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 ticket can be used before or on October 31, 2018. However, experience shows that the travel period of special offers often gets extended. You can find the updated travel period on the website selling the train tickets, namely actievandedag.nl. 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.
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.
Travel to the city of your choice
The NS Day Return Ticket allows you to travel between two stations of your choice. The benefits of this offer must not be underestimated – depending on your destination, the price of a regular ticket can be as much as €50! This means that you can save more than 50%! Would you like to visit multiple destinations in one day? In that case, the NS Day Ticket might suit you better. Contrary to the NS Day Return Ticket, you are not limited to visiting only one destination. Furthermore, you are not obliged to indicate beforehand where you are going: the NS Day Ticket simply gives you unlimited access to train travel. Just like the NS Day Return Ticket, the NS Day Ticket is available online.
This offer is especially attractive for travellers who do not mind travelling after 9:00, but wish to be able to travel during evening peak hours. 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
You can purchase the NS Day Return Ticket for €23 at the Dutch website actievandedag.nl. The person who is purchasing the ticket does not necessarily have to be the person who is travelling. After purchasing the ticket, you receive a Dutch e-mail in which you will find a link. You need this URL to redeem your ticket. The link will send you to the website of Dutch Railways (ns.nl). While the link will most likely send you to the Dutch website, ns.nl is also available in English. On this page, you can redeem your ticket by using the coupon code you will find in your 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. Finally, you must specify which person 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.