This is done by placing the OV-chip card onto the special free-standing card readers - these are found at station platforms and halls, metro gate barriers and near the doors on board trams and buses.There are 3 types of OV-chipkaart available: - this is a card which is bought as a single travel product only.
You will also find GVB Tickets & Info desks at Amsterdam Bijlmer-Aren A, Amsterdam Lelylan and Amsterdam Zuid stations.
GVB has automatic ticket machines at all metro stations.
The OV-chipkaart (OV-chip card) is the national public transport ticket system in Netherlands and has replaced old paper tickets such as the strippenkaart.
The OV-chip card is in use on all forms of public transport including trains, trams, buses and metros. 3 types of OV-chipkaart - disposable (one-time use tickets), anonymous (best for visitors who will travel a lot) and personal (residents only). Anonymous and personal cards (empty) cost non-refundable €7.50, last up to 5 years. Load and top-up credit on e-purse (max €150) for travel. Passengers must check-in and check-out of every journey using card readers.• Minimum card balance of €4 (public transport) and €20 (train) - taken off as a deposit on check-in. Correct fare deducted on check-out, deposit is refunded. Every traveller aged 4 or higher must have their own OV-chip card.
- this is a personalised OV-chip card available to anyone resident in Netherlands who registers their details with the OV-chip card operating company (Trans Link Systems bv).
Each personal card contains the holder's name, date of birth and a digital photograph. Dutch residents can buy online at and pay by i Deal, the domestic internet banking payment network.
Bear in mind that the initial €7.50 fee cannot be returned.
Credit over €30 cannot be refunded over-the-counter - one requires a Dutch bank account to process such a refund.
Some sales outlets have small yellow machines which can be used to top-up credit - unfortunately they only accept Dutch debit cards.