If I book with http://www.nshispeed.nl/en I can get a discount on my reservation...What kind of cards are those?
The only discount card available in NL is the NS Kortingskaart (Discount card).
This entitles you to a 40% on all travel after 9.00 am Mon-Fri and all day at weekends. You cant buy it from outside NL and you have to have a Dutch bank account to get one. It only works in NL and doesn't apply on the Thalys.
The OV-Jaarkaart is a chip card which you load with money and use to travel. On its own it doesn't give any discount.
Bahncard comes from German railways. I don't know what the restrictions are.
I've never head of NS-reisrecht.Edited: 14 February 2011, 16:11
Small corrections, first not relevant for the question: the OV jaarkaart is something totally different from the OV chipcard. It's a card costing 4,000 euro/year for unlimited travel in the country, and hence also for the domestic part of the hispeed journey.
The off-peak discount card CAN however be bought freely by tourists. In cash at the counter, and valid immediately. Renewal indeed requires a Dutch bank account. Costs 55 euro, but valid for upto 4 people travelling together.
All the best,
<Erik> & [Sandya] / now with one OV jaarkaart but the boss pays a lot less for it than 4,000, volume discounts....
is the train service good and reliable? is it a very slim chance that there may be train cancellation on the city night line for amsterdam to prague and back?
I will be going in May 2011
I stand corrected on my card naming Eric, I did of course mean the OV Chipkaart.
That said, having tried for two different people in the past year I can tell you without any doubt that NS will not now accept your kortingskaart application unless there are valid bank account details on it. This wasn't the case previously, I'll agree.
Hmmm... on the discount card, the NS site still says
So that means we'd need to file an official complaint?
Okay, you're right. On the Dutch site faq now it says
"Kan ik mijn Voordeelurenabonnement elk jaar contact aan de NS balie betalen?
Dit is alleen de eerste keer bij het eerste jaar mogelijk. NS heeft te allen tijde uw nederlandse bank- of girorekening nodig om jaarlijks automatisch de afschrijving te laten plaatsvinden. Zonder nederlands bank- of girorekeningnummer kunt u geen Voordeelurenabonnement aanschaffen."
So will change the TA faq's, another totally foolish and totally tourist-unfriendly action of NS. The reason is they aim at repeat customers (who will pay automatically next year), not at one-time customers hence tourists...
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