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The "OV" as they call it can be used to determine your location of departure and location of arrival, so the price for your trip can be calculated automatically and can be subtracted from the "saldo" on the ov-ticket. So for example your location of departure (check-in) is Amsterdam Central. Let's say your going to Haarlem. At arrival in Haarlem you scan ...


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Most people don't have tickets anymore but a pay-as-you-go RFID card like in many public transit systems (à la Oyster card). So you validate once to check in and another time to check out and determine the price of the ride. Of course, for single use tickets (paid in advance) it does not matter so much but some stations (e.g. Rotterdam) now have automatic ...


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You can travel the NS train either by buying a single ticket, or by using an OV-chipcard (Dutch: "OV chipkaart"). If you buy a single ticket it doesn't matter. If you travel with the OV-chipcard (as most people do), you pay for the distance you travel. The system needs to know how far you've traveled so you "check out" when you leave the platform. The ...


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Those people are scanning their 'OV chipkaart', and not their one way train tickets. Those cards are either prepaid or subscriptions and they need to check out to be billed for the actual trip they made. Failing to check out means getting charged more (because you might have made a way longer trip). With a one-way ticket there is no need to check out.


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I can answer "What risk is there on the ICE to not getting a seat reservation?" for the Dutch part, as I take this train every work day, without reservation. There is an electronic display above each pair of seats that says on which stretch the seat is reserved, e.g. if it says "Utrecht - Frankfurt" and you sit there when the train is in Utrecht, you are ...


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I don't know what the exact rules are but buying some type of fireworks might fit the bill apparently, judging by the shops you see in the area… (I saw five or six just driving through this tiny town and they advertise with huge signs reading “Belgian fireworks”/“Belgisch Vuurwerk” in Dutch, implying it's something special.) You would presumably need to ...



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