Amsterdam metro to switch to smart card

The new public transport smart card will be the only way of paying for tickets on Amsterdam’s metro from August 27, junior transport minister Tineke Huizinga has decided.

Amsterdam had wanted to make the switch away from paper tickets on June 25 but this was delayed ‘in the interest of travellers’. Other regional public transport companies needed more time to introduce smart card readers so that people using buses and the metro did not need two types of payment
Dutch Rail plans to introduce the card later in the year. The smart card (ov-chipkaart) has been the only way of paying to travel on Rotterdam’s metro since February.

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