I'll be in the Netherlands between 2/12/2016 and 07/12/16, arriving at Eindhoven airport with two friends. We want to stay for 2 days at Eindhoven , and then take the train/bus to Amsterdam, staying there for three days. The last day we will go back to Eindhoven airport.

So my question is : Can I buy this ''OV-chipkaart'' (7,50euro plus a minimum of 20 euro) and then use that one single card for all three of us to travel with on the train to Amsterdam and then also on the metro inside Amsterdam?

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For example, can I put 100 euro at the card, and then check in and out at the metro three times (once for each person) for each trip?

Or buy three ticket from Eindhoven to Amsterdam and back, all on that single card?

Or do we have to buy 3 OV-chipkaarts?

Also what is the anonymous chip card? Can the three of us all use that? We will be out all day, sightseeing, visiting museums, etc. So please tell me the cheapest way. Many thanks in advance :)


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You can get anonymous OV-chip cards as well as ones that are bound to a person, with a name and a picture on it.

Both kinds can only be used for one person at the time, the anonymous ones can be used by different people at different times.

For the train you need €20 on your card, for city transport in Amsterdam €4 unless you need to take the train there as well.
At the start of your last train travel you need to have at least €20 on your OV chip card, whether personalized or anonymous.
At the start of the last bus journey you need to have €4 on your card.
Mostly your travel will cost less which will leave you with left credit on your card. You can get it paid back, as far as I know main train stations can arrange it, otherwise you will have to send it in. And as far as I know, you will not get the cost of the card and they keep €2.50, for the service. You can retain the card and it will be good for a travel in the future, but the card will expire 5 years after you buy it.

In your case I would get a one time use card with the train ticket, which is €1 more than when you have a long term OV chip card, or even better, I would buy online and print my own ticket, which costs the same as traveling on a long term OV chip card.
You can buy a same day return ticket, which will cost the same as two one way tickets but with only once the extra cost for the tickets and credit card use but as you want to stay in Amsterdam a few days, you can not use those. So two one way tickets bought online each are likely the best.

In Amsterdam you have the option of buying a one day or a multiple day public transport pass, using an OV-chip card or buying one time card which are basically tickets for 1 hour, how ever many travels you can do within that time, those cost €2.90 each, (2016 price.)

If you are in Amsterdam for just a few days and do not want to do a lot of things which are quite far from each other, I would not get a day or multiple day pass for the public transport, it will be quite easy to walk, do a canal boat tour where you can hop-on and off, and take the odd (one or two) tram rides. If so, just buy them in the tram or bus, it is more expensive but less than buying a €7.50 OV chip card each. This site has all the public transport options for Amsterdam listed. And this site list prices as well. There are too many options to list them all here, in short, if you use the tram or bus less than 3 times each day you will not win much by having a pass. The one exception is when you buy the pass with museums included and you want to visit most or even all of those museums.

2023 update

Since June 2023 the OVpay system allows for payment across the whole Dutch public transport system through contactless payment options such as your smartphone or a debit/credit card. The journey will cost the same as the long term OV chipcard options, but still only one person can use the card at a time. The supported payment options are listed in their FAQ.
For trains and some (most?) local transport you can buy an e-ticket on the website of the transport company and have them on your phone, in which case you can have multiple people traveling on only one payment and one phone. The company 9292 provides a central point of sale for tickets of different transport companies such that you don't have to deal with one app/website per transport operator.

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    Local knowledge, happy to post about public transport in my own country.
    – Willeke
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 17:07
  • Hello guys! Thank you a lot for the useful information. 1-So first of all I buy the online ticket for the train to Amsterdam and i print it.2- when we arrive at Amsterdam we can take the 1 day ticket and see museums and the long distance places.3-the second day we can stay at the center only and walk(2-3km is ok for us)-4 the last day to buy the ticket 7. Amsterdam & Region Day Card - so we can go and visit Haarlem :) so i think everything set :) Thank you a lot for the help. !!! Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 16:19
  • Please do check that your ticket or pass covers Haarlem. It is a city near Amsterdam but not part of the local transport area. You can always buy return ticket to Haarlem at the station or go by bus.
    – Willeke
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 18:33
  • @NicoleStanley Please note that if this answer satisfied you, you can click the "V" mark next to it, to accept the answer.
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 19:18

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