Travel & Local Information

TRAVEL AND LOCAL INFORMATION

Travel information for the Netherlands

- If you want to travel to Nijmegen by train after your arrival at Schiphol Airport, you can plan your journey and buy your ticket in advance.

To plan your journey by train, go to this webpage of NS (Dutch Railways) and plan your journey: https://www.ns.nl/en/travel-information;
After you have planned your journey, your fare will be shown and you will be able to buy your ticket online. Note that your ticket is valid for the entire day on which you have chosen to travel.

If you do not want to buy your train ticket in advance, it is possible to buy your ticket at the NS ticket machines with the blue illuminated sign displaying the NS logo on top of the machine, or at the operators’ counter at the train station of Schiphol Airport. The station is located right in the airport.

- If you want to use public transport in Nijmegen during the conference week, you can simply buy a ticket on the bus. This ticket is valid for one ride only (price 2.45 € per zone; from the city centre and the train station to the university campus is 1 zone). It is only possible to buy the ticket with a debit or credit card, cash is not accepted.

- If you want to use public transport to travel around the country, your best option is to purchase an OV-chipkaart (digital card for public transport; price 7.50 €). This digital card can be used nationwide in trains, trams and buses, and it is valid for five years.

To buy and use an OV-chipkaart, make sure to take the following steps:
- you buy an anonymous OV-chipkaart at the NS ticket machines with the blue illuminated sign displaying the NS logo on top of the machine, or at the operators’ counters in the train station; the cards are also sold by newsagents and in supermarkets.
- before you can use the OV-chipkaart, you need to load it, using your debit or credit card. You can do this at an operator’s counter or at the NS ticket machines in train stations, or at a service point in supermarkets and various other locations (e.g. the University Library of Radboud University).
- make sure that you check in when you enter the bus, tram or train, and check out when you leave it, so that you will be correctly charged for the distance you have traveled.  

If you wish more information on the OV-chipkaart and its use, see this webpage of Dutch Railways: https://www.ns.nl/en/travel-information/traveling-with-the-ov-chipkaart,
or this webpage, part of a digital tourist guide for The Netherlands: https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/information/public-transport/ov-chip-card-5.htm.
For a brief instruction video on how to use the ticket and card machines with the NS logo in train stations, see this webpage of an experienced traveler to The Netherlands :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HShhsrN19mE