Public transport

The railway system in the Netherlands is one of the best in Europe. There are more than 350 railway stations in the country, so you can reach almost any town or city by train. There are three types of service. ‘Intercity’ trains only call at the largest cities, ‘Sneltrein’ trains skip the smallest stations, and ‘Stoptrein’ trains call at every station on the way. In the west of the country (Randstad), trains run at least four times an hour between the major cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Night trains also run between the main cities in the Randstad (including Delft) once an hour, every night of the week. Most stations are centrally located so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the city or town as soon as you step out of the station. In other parts of the Netherlands, trains run twice an hour between most stations. It is not possible or necessary to make reservations for domestic trains.

Off-peak discount pass (voordeel-urenkaart)

Depending on the length of your stay in the Netherlands, it may be worth buying a railway discount card. During off-peak hours (after 9.00 on weekdays and all day during the weekend), you can travel at a 40% discount. The card costs €55 a year. With one pass, you can travel with up to three people, who can enjoy the same 40% discount on the full fare. Enquire at the railway station or call the Public Transport Information Service (OV reisinformatie). The pass can be purchased at the larger train stations. You can obtain information on your route at the ticket counter when you buy your ticket (buying a ticket at the counter costs €0.50 more than buying one from a ticket machine).


The OV-chipkaart is a new means of payment for the public transport system in the Netherlands. The OV-chipkaart can be used on all public transportation (train, buses, trams, etc); in some areas of the Netherlands like the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam it is currently the only mode of payment.

Free student travel card
During your stay in Delft you may encounter the "free" student OV-card that most Dutch students use. International students are NOT entitled to such a travel card. This is because the card is not actually "free" at all, but is paid for by deducting money from the student loans that Dutch students receive from the government.

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