Dutch public transport

The Dutch public transport system is one of the best in the world. However, it may seem a bit complicated for foreign visitors. TripKey takes all the hassle away so that you can jump from train to tram to bus and on a bike, just like the locals do. From the moment you arrive until the moment you depart. From the airport to your hotel. From your hotel to the conference center. From the meeting room to museums and more.

Bus, tram & metro

There are extensive city and regional bus lines in the Netherlands. Wherever you are there are bus services that will take you quickly to a lot of places.

You will most likely find trams and metro’s in the big cities. They’re easy to get on and off and great to do some sightseeing on the way. Cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam also offer metro lines. For schedule information go to 9292.

For schedule information go to 9292
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The Netherlands is a relatively small country. You can travel from Amsterdam Schiphol to The Hague in less than 30 minutes. Even travelling all the way up north to Groningen or down south to Maastricht takes only 2 hours from Amsterdam Central.

Railway travel is a comfortable way to get around in the Netherlands and a perfect way to explore the country. The trains are modern and go frequently.

For schedule information go to 9292
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Travel like a local, rent a bicycle! It is a quick and healthy way to travel. The OV-fiets is a convenient rental bicycle to use either to go sightseeing or for the last leg of your journey.

You can use your TripKey pass to rent bicycles at nearly 300 locations: train stations, bus and metro stops, several town centers.

For more information about the OV-fiets.
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Remember to check in and check out!

Bus & tram

  • Every time you enter a vehicle you must check in and every time you exit a vehicle you must check out.
  • To check in or check out, hold your TripKey pass in front of the card reader. They are placed at the entrances and exits of all trams and busses.
  • When you check in, you will hear one beep. When you check out, you will hear two beeps.

Train & metro

When you arrive at a train or a metro station, hold your TripKey pass in front of the card reader that is built into the gate to check in. The gate will open. You check out in the same way at the station where you exit the train or metro.

Please note that not all train stations have such gates. In that case, please look for the card scanner at the entrance of the platform and make sure you scan your TripKey pass.


  • When you transfer to a different mode of transport (for example from a tram to a bus or from a train to the metro), you must always check out on the first vehicle and then check in on the next one.
  • You must also check out and check in again if you are transferring from a bus to another bus or from a tram to another tram.
  • If you are transferring from one train to another train or from one metro to another metro, you just need to check in at the beginning of your journey and check out at the end.