Keuzedag and international travel

From the Netherlands to a station abroad

Are you taking an international trip, then your Keuzedag is valid up to the border. If travelling back to the Netherlands on the same day, then your Keuzedag is still valid.

You can book your trip from the departure station in the Netherlands to your final destination with one ticket. On the domestic part of the trip you will be entitled to get a 100% discount. Please indicate this while booking:

  • Via NSInternational.nl: choose the option '100% discount in the Netherlands'.
  • Via an NS ticket machine: choose the option 'NS route free'.

Then you will receive an international ticket which includes the 100% discount.

Please note: when booking the Sparpreis Europa rate to Germany, it is not possible to use your Keuzedag.

On the date of travel you have to check in with your Keuzedag for the domestic part of your trip. This is to validate the pass for travel on that day. You cannot check out at the station abroad. If you load the Keuzedag on your OV-chipkaart, no money will be deducted from your balance.

From a station abroad to the Netherlands

The Keuzedag pass is validated by checking in. That means it can only be activated at a station in the Netherlands. For the return journey we recommend that you purchase an international ticket for your entire journey from your departure station abroad to your final destination in the Netherlands.

If you nevertheless wish to use a Keuzedag pass for your return journey, you should purchase an international ticket from your departure station abroad to a station in the Netherlands at which your international train is scheduled to stop. At that station you should then check in to use your Keuzedag pass for the remaining Dutch part of your journey.
If you are using a Keuzedag pass on a single-use smartcard, you do not have to leave the international train at the first station in the Netherlands to check in (and validate the product for that particular day). The Train Manager on the international train only checks whether you have a Keuzedag pass on a single-use smartcard, not whether you have checked in using it. If you are not travelling any further in the Netherlands, you should check off the Keuzedag pass from the single-use smartcard at the international arrivals station. If you are switching to a domestic train, you are required to check in using the single-use smartcard.

More information on Keuzedag passes?

More information on Keuzedag passes can be found here: ns.nl (only in Dutch)

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