I know there's the OV chipcard for travel, but the empty card itself cost money. Then I have to top-up the travel value.

  1. How about the GVB 1 day card that cost 7.50? Does it mean I have to pay for the empty card as well?

  2. Will the GVB 1 day card works for the train from Schiphol to Amsterdam CS? Or must I use the OV chipcard?

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    related : Where to Buy Tram Tickets in Amsterdam?. Look at @vartec answer – Vince Mar 22 '14 at 10:59
  • @Vince: argh... I have to update prices in that answer or add link to current prices at GVB. – vartec Mar 22 '14 at 12:32
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    To side notes: you need a minimum €20 balance in your card to check in the train. Also, if you buy paper tickets in the counter (meaning you ask for it to someone instead of using the machines) you have to pay +€0.50. – fedorqui Mar 24 '14 at 15:47

If you buy a day pass, you don't need to buy a €7.5 OV-chipkaart but will get a disposable chip-card instead. You do need to check in and check out like a regular OV-chipkaart each time you use public transports. According to the same website, those passes are not valid on trains.

I haven't checked in the last few weeks but until recently, it was still possible to buy traditional paper train tickets in Schiphol and Amsterdam CS (which are among the handful of train stations in the country where you can use the self-service ticket machines with foreign credit cards) so you don't need an OV-chipkaart for that either.

As far as I know, when chip-cards will finally be made mandatory on trains (it was supposed to come for a long time, not sure about the exact status), you will be able to buy disposable single-trip chip-cards to go through the “portals” in the stations. It will probably be the best option for visitors because taking the train with a regular OV-chipkaart requires at least €20 credit when checking in, even if the trip costs much less than that.

This means that after a trip back to the airport from the center of Amsterdam with a regular OV-chipkaart you would have at least €23.5 tied up in the card (that's €7.5 to buy the card and €20 minimum check-in credit minus the €4 fare). I don't know if it's possible to get the money back but that's a hassle in any case.

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    An addition about the train tickets: you can indeed still buy paper tickets. The price for a ticket from Schiphol to Amsterdam CS is €4. Also I noticed that The Hague CS ticket machines take foreign credit cards, there is a surcharge of €0.5. I assume the surcharge is the same in Schiphol or Amsterdam. – Saaru Lindestøkke Mar 22 '14 at 13:56
  • Really? I never read about the minimun 20 credit when checking in. That'll will certainly be surplus to my needs. What a waste. – Lina Mar 24 '14 at 9:15
  • @Lina It's only for NS trains. You can take trams or busses with a few cents credit (and end up with negative credit too). It's indeed quite annoying. – Relaxed Mar 24 '14 at 9:48
  • You should be able to buy your trainticket (load) onto your card without the 20 euro credit – Ton Plomp May 2 '14 at 0:02
  • @TonPlomp How? I see nothing about that on ns.nl and I don't remember seeing that option on the machines. What you can definitely load on the card are season tickets (personal cards only) but that's not relevant here. – Relaxed May 2 '14 at 5:54

Unless it has changed very recently, 24h, 48h, 72h, and 96h cards are same type single use paper-with-chip cards as the single ride cards which you buy in tram.

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