Tag Archives: NS

Nederlandse Spoorwegen – Dutch National Railways

The Joined Up Journey: Buying a Ticket at Venlo for a Cross Border Train

11 Nov
Border Between Netherlands and Germany Road

Venlo, in the South East of The Netherlands, is a mid-size town close to the border with Germany. Serving a local population of 100,000 Venlo’s station is located on a strategic junction in the rail network of The Netherlands and receives twice-hourly Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) Intercity services to The Hague (via Eindhoven) and a twice-hourly […]

Transit Service Recovery: A Trip Back From Germany Becomes an Ordeal

15 Jul

A severe storm in the morning of July 12th disrupted rail services in North West Germany which affected services through Köln Hbf. Travelling back from Köln my girlfriend arrived for the 14:46 ICE 124 train to Amsterdam to find it was 90 minutes late with no further information. Towards the end of the 90 minutes […]

How A Ferry Company Leads The Way in Cross Border Rail Ticketing

07 Jul

On a recent post I highlighted the current problem in buying tickets for rail journeys that cross European borders. This problem became very apparent to thousands of travellers during the Volcanic Ash airspace shutdown where they assumed being able to buy a ticket from European City ‘A’ to City ‘B’ would be simple and straightforward. […]

Transit Ticketing: Paper Tickets vs Smartcards

09 Jun
Strippenkaart Nederland Openbare Vervoer OV Ticket Kleine Groot Bus Tram Metro

June 3rd 2010 marked a public transport milestone in The Netherlands as the Strippenkaart’s validity was withdrawn completely from the Amsterdam and Rotterdam regions. The paper ticket remains popular with passengers, however despite its colourful presentation and intermodal flexibility, the way in which it was used needed a large amount of knowledge by both transit […]