s-Hertogenbosch

Getting around

Getting around

Getting around Den Bosch is pretty simple, but here are a few tips and suggestions. The Old Town of 's-Hertogenbosch is in fact so small, that you can easily walk everywhere. In case if you have to go a bit farther, renting a bike is a good option.Travelling to farther destinations by bus or train requires an OV-chipkaart.

The OV-chipkaart is the new means of payment for the public transport system in the Netherlands. The smart card is the size of a bankcard and it contains an invisible chip. The OV-chipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which you can travel anywhere within the Netherlands, or with a travel product such as a single or season ticket.
You can choose a personal, anonymous or disposable card. The personal OV-chipkaart can be purchased online or from your public transport company. The anonymous OV-chipkaart can be bought at the ticket office and vending machines at the station. The disposable card can be purchased at the station vending machine. This cards allows the holder to travel immediately, but it can not be re-charged or loaded with a different travel product.

You can load travel credits or products onto your OV-chipkaart.

Travel products single as well as season tickets. You can load these onto your card at the station vending machine or at the local public transport company’s ticket office.You purchase travel credit using a bankcard and PIN code at a vending machine or at the ticket office. If you have a personal OV-chipkaart, you can also select the auto-reload option to ensure you always have enough OV-chipkaart credit with which to travel. When you begin your journey simply check in at the gate by holding your OV-chipkaart up to the screen. The sound and light signal indicates your card has been read. If you don't have a specific product on your card a boarding rate will automatically be deducted when you check in. The credit on your OV-chipkaart should be at least the boarding rate or you won't be allowed to go through the gate. At that end of your journey, you check out by holding your card up to the gate screen. The sound and light signal once again indicates that your card has been read. Checking in and out is required when you transfer from any one form of transport to another, except when you transfer from one train to another.

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