Tickets

The best ticket for you depends on how often you travel and your own, personal preferences.

OV-chipkaart (public transport chip card)

The OV-chipkaart is a payment method for public transport in the Netherlands. With the OV-chipkaart, you can check in and out on buses, trains, trams and the metro. It does not matter where you purchased the OV-chipkaart. There are several types of OV-chipkaart, fares and season tickets. Make sure your card has sufficient credit to pay for your journey.  

Personal OV-chipkaart

Do you travel often by public transport? And would you like to travel using a season ticket or at a discount? Then you should choose a personal OV-chipkaart. The card costs € 7.50 and is valid for 5 years. 

Benefits

  • Automatic age discount of 34% for children aged 4-11 and senior citizens (65+)
  • In Brabant, young people aged 12-18 also receive a 34% age discount on Arrvia and Hermes buses
  • Rechargeable in various ways, including automatically 
  • In case of theft or loss, your card can be blocked, while saving your balance and any travel products already loaded
  • Online overview of your travel history and transactions (convenient for expense claims)
  • Purchase a personal OV-chipkaart online via OV-chipkaart.nl

Anonymous OV-chipkaart

The anonymous OV-chipkaart is for travelers who only wish to travel ‘prepaid’ (without a season ticket or age discount, for example). It may be more convenient to choose this card if you wish to lend out your OV-chipkaart. The suggested retail price of an anonymous OV-chipkaart is €7.50 and the card is valid for 4 to 5 years.

Benefits

  • Can be used by more than one person (not at the same time)

Can be purchased at any train station and other points of sale (supermarkets, tobacconists, etc.)
Visit OV-chipkaart.nl to find a sales point close to you.
 

Fares

With the OV-chipkaart you pay per kilometer traveled. A basic fare of € 0.89 per trip is charged. If you transfer within 35 minutes of checking out, you will not be charged the basic fare again. The card keeps track of how many kilometers you travel and calculates the cost. When you check out, the card-reader screen displays the total journey cost. 

Calculation of travel costs:
price per kilometer in Brabant, € 0,151
+ basic fare of € 0,89

Age discount

If you are eligable for an age discount, you will automatically receive a 34% discount when you travel with a personal OV-chipkaart. This automatic discount does not apply to travel by train. You are not eligible for an age discount if you use an anonymous OV-chipkaart.
 
The age discount applies to:
Children aged 4 – 11
Senior citizens (aged 65 and over)
In Brabant, young people aged 12-18; if they travel prepaid with a personal OV-chipkaart

Boarding fare

When you check in, a boarding fare will be debited from your card. In Brabant this is € 4.00*. When you check out, the boarding fare is refunded. You are charged for the number of kilometers you traveled plus the basic fare. When the balance on your card is insufficient, you will not be able to check in. You must first top up your balance.

*A higher boarding fare of € 8.00 applies to travel on lines 90, 157, 300, 301, 302, 305, 306, 310, 311, 312, 316, 325, 326, 327, 400, 401 and 402.

Requesting a refund

Forgot to check out? Unable to check in or out due to a malfunction? Accidentally traveled ‘prepaid’ with a season ticket? You can reclaim your travel balance from the transport company with which you traveled:   

Arriva
Hermes
NS

For more information visit OV-chipkaart.nl

Season tickets

Both Hermes and Arriva offer a selection of season tickets:
Arriva season tickets
Hermes season tickets

Dalkorting (off-peak discount) Brabant

With Dalkorting Brabant, you receive a 40% discount when you travel by bus during off-peak hours using your personal OV-chipkaart. This costs € 11.70 per year. You are not eligible for off-peak discount if you use an anonymous OV-chipkaart.

Valid:

  • On weekdays after 9.00 pm
  • During weekends and public holidays
  • On Arriva and Hermes city and intercity buses throughout Brabant

Tip: If you combine off-peak discount (Dalkorting) with age discount, your saving could amount to 60% during off-peak hours. Children aged 4-11 and senior citizens (aged 65 and over) receive a 34% discount if they travel with a personal OV-chipkaart. In Brabant, this discount also applies to young people aged 12-18.

Order Dalkorting from Arriva (also valid for Hermes)
Order Dalkorting from Hermes (also valid for Arriva)

Junior monthly season ticket Brabant

The Junior monthly season ticket for 12 to 18 year olds provides unlimited travel with Arriva and Hermes throughout the province of Brabant (not valid on night buses). You can upload the season ticket to your personal OV-chipkaart for € 87.60 per month. This is not possible with an anonymous OV-chipkaart.

16 and 17 year olds

In 2017, travelers aged 16 or 17, who are not yet eligible for a student OV-chipkaart, can purchase a Brabant youth season ticket at a 25% discount. You can buy this product online from Arriva or Hermes for € 65.70 per month.

Tickets on the bus

Don’t own an OV-chipkaart? Only travel occasionally on the bus? You can also buy a ticket from the bus driver. It’s that easy!

Off-peak day ticket

An off-peak day ticket allows you to travel at a discount during off-peak hours (after 9.00 am) on all bus lines in Brabant. During weekends and public holidays, the ticket is valid all day (also before 9.00 am). An off-peak day ticket costs € 6.00 for travel in Brabant and € 12.00 for interregional lines: 310 (Bergen op Zoom – Rotterdam), 400 (Oosterhout – Utrecht) and 401 (Breda – Utrecht).
Each adult traveling with an off-peak day ticket can take a maximum of two children aged 4 to 11 with them free of charge.  Children up to 4 years old always travel free of charge.

Where and when is the off-peak day ticket valid?

  • On all Hermes and Arriva buses
  • Until the end of the regular timetable on the date-stamped day
  • From Monday to Friday after 9.00 am
  • At the weekend, also before 9.00 am
  • The whole day (also before 9.00 am) in July and August and on national holidays

Where can I buy a ticket?

  • From the bus driver (buses in Tilburg, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Breda after 7.00 pm only with bank card (no credit card))
  • At the Hermes shop in Eindhoven train station
  • At the AirExpressbus desk in Eindhoven Airport
  • At the Arriva stores in Tilburg and ’s-Hertogenbosch, and the OV Service Shop in Breda

OV-ritkaart (single ticket)

The OV-ritkaart (single ticket) comes in handy if you do not travel by bus very often or if you do not have an OV-chipkaart. The OV-ritkaart is valid for one person and one trip only. Transfers are not possible. The ticket costs € 3.75 for travel in Brabant and € 7.50 for travel with a starting or end point outside of Brabant.
For interregional lines, 310 (Bergen op Zoom – Rotterdam), 400 (Oosterhout – Utrecht) and 401 (Breda – Utrecht), a single ticket costs € 11.25.

Where can I buy a ticket?

  • From the bus driver (excl. buses in Tilburg after 7.00 pm)
  • At the Arriva stores in Tilburg and ’s-Hertogenbosch, and the OV Service Shop in Breda
  • Kinderen reizen gratis mee

Children travel for free

If you have an OV-chipkaart or an off-peak day ticket, you may bring along a maximum of two children aged 4 to 11 free of charge. Children up to 4 years old always travel free of charge.

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