Why the OV-chipkaart?

The OV-chipkaart is easier and more secure for passengers to use. The OV-chipkaart also allows public transport companies to make more efficient use of capacity, resources and staff. The distribution of revenue to public transport companies is now quicker and fairer.
  • The OV-chipkaart is more convenient, since passengers can now travel on all public transport in the Netherlands using a single card. This includes trains, trams, buses and metros.
  • The OV-chipkaart offers increased security, since metro and train stations are gated. This reduces fare dodging.
  • The OV-chipkaart is faster, since passengers no longer need to purchase a ticket or punch a strip ticket every time they travel.
  • The OV-chipkaart is fairer, as passengers pay for the number of kilometres they actually travel.
  • The OV-chipkaart system is smart and calculates the number of kilometres travelled automatically.
  • The OV-chipkaart offers increased capability for using different fares. During peak and off-peak periods, for example.
  • The OV-chipkaart allows public transport companies to make more efficient use of capacity, resources and staff. The OV-chipkaart delivers good insight into travel patterns.
  • The distribution of revenue to public transport companies is now quicker and fairer. In principle, the transactions are processed overnight and revenues are distributed the next day.