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Check in and out with your contactless debit card, credit card or phone


In The Netherlands you can check in and check out of public transport with your contactless debit card, credit card or phone, called OVpay. OVpay is currently only possible if you travel in second class, without discounts or subscriptions.

Travelling on public transport with the familiar OV-chipcard will remain an option.

How OVpay works

  1. Hold your contactless debit or credit card or your mobile phone up to the card reader. A single beep means you’ve checked in. To ensure you use the right card, take the one you want out of your wallet.
  2. At your destination, hold the same card you checked in with up to the card reader, just as with any public transport smart card. Two beeps means you’ve checked out.
  3. The payment is processed automatically; You’ll see the amount with the description NLOV on your statement the next day. The price you pay will be the same as a standard ticket or trip with the OV-chipkaart without subscriptions or discounts.
  4. Do you want to review your travel itinerary from a previous day? Enter the 14-digit code that appears on your bank statement into the web tool below here. As well as the price that was debited from your account.

Ensure you use the right card and take the one you want out of your wallet when you check in and out.

What can I use to check in and out?

You can check in and out with:

  • contactless debits card from ABN AMRO, ASN bank, bunq, ING, Rabobank, Knab, Regiobank or SNS
  • contactless credit cards from Mastercard and Visa (issued by ICS)
  • smartphones that are set up with contactless payment with a card from above-mentioned debit and credit cards. Also with Apple Pay and Google Wallet
  • a foreign contactless debit or credit cards from Maestro, V pay, Mastercard, or Visa

You won’t even need an OV-chipkaart or subscription. No registration is necessary.

For more information go to the OVpay website.