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OV Fiets – Dutch Bike Rental Scheme

The OV-Fiets is an annual bike rental membership scheme run by the Dutch national train company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen). It offers basic bikes for rent at nearly 300 locations in the Netherlands for just 4.55 euros per time.

The OV-Fiets scheme has around 21,500 bikes in the country. There were a record 5.4 million rentals in 2022, up from 3.4 million in 2021.

OV Fiets bikes could be useful for expats/residents or frequent visitors to the Netherlands. It is not really available for short-term visitors and tourists.

Fiets means bike in Dutch and OV is short for for Openbaar Vervoer (public transport).

Since 2017 the OV-fiets program has had free annual membership (it used to cost €10 per year).

Membership is automatically included if you have any NS discount card. It can also be incorporated onto a personal OV-chip card.

This scheme is open to both Dutch residents and non-residents with a Dutch bank account who have access to a Dutch address. Every year a €0.01 charge will be made to check the bank account.

ov fiets bicycle in amsterdam
OV Fiets bike in Amsterdam

A bike costs just €4.55 per rental (2024 rate) which gives you up to 24 hours use. You can rent up to 2 bikes with 1 pass if you want to cycle with a friend or partner though that will cost double (€9.10). Payment is taken automatically by direct debit.

You can keep the bike for up to 72 hours (3 x 24hours), though you will be charged the €4.55 fee per bike for each 24 hour period. If you hold the bike longer than 72 hours you will be charged €9.55 daily which includes an additional €5 daily fee.

There is a €10 fee if you drop the bike off at a different OV-Fiets location.

You also have an excess own risk if the bike or key is lost/stolen – €20 for losing the key, €70 for loss of bike (with police report) but you still have the key, €350 for loss of both bike and key.

There is also a pilot scheme with OV-ebikes at limited locations. These cost €13 per day rental for up to 72 hours. The excess for loss of an ebike and key is €1,750.

Some rental locations have a 24 hour automatic self-service facility where you use your card to access the bike. Others are manned but you should ask when closing time is or whether you can bring back the bike after hours. For after-hours drop-offs there is usually blue box for leaving your bike key.

No pre-booking is necessary – at the rental location your pass is scanned and you are given a bike key with a number – find the corresponding cycle, adjust the saddle if necessary and away you go.

If you wish, you can manage your OV-Fiets activity through the NS app. It is also possible to check bike availability online.

ov fiets bike
OV Fiets bike in Amsterdam

OV Fiets are simple “ladies style” bikes in a distinctive blue and yellow colour. They have lights, back-pedal brakes and no gears. They are ideally suited for shorter journeys.

A new generation of OV Fiets bike locks are being introduced which are opened using your OV-chip card rather than a key.

This scheme is very convenient when you are visiting another town or city by train and need the use of a bike for a few hours. It is quite popular with people travelling around on business visiting clients – in the Netherlands you have to pay to take your own bike on a train – unless it is a folding bike.

OV-Fiets membership can be applied for online at the website

Alternatively, apply for one of the NS discount cards here

OV-Fiets Locations in Amsterdam

Here is a listing of all OV-Fiets locations around the city, mainly at the principal stations in Amsterdam:

Amsterdam Amstel StationJulianaplein 1C, 1097 DN Amsterdam
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA StationHoekenrode 12, 1102 BT Amsterdam
Amsterdam Centraal IJzijdeDe Ruijterkade 20, 1012 AA Amsterdam
Amsterdam Centraal OostStationsplein 5, 1012 AB Amsterdam
Amsterdam Centraal Stationsplein *
Stationsplein 47a, 1012 AB Amsterdam
Amsterdam NoordTermini 23, 1022 LB Amsterdam
Amsterdam Lelyplein
Cornelis Lelylaan 35, 1062 HD Amsterdam
Amsterdam MuiderpoortOosterspoorplein 1B, 1093 JW Amsterdam
Amsterdam RAIEuropaboulevard 4, 1083 AD Amsterdam
Amsterdam SloterdijkOrlyplein 109, 1043 DT Amsterdam
Amsterdam Zuid MahlerpleinGustav Mahlerplein 1, 1082 MS Amsterdam
Amsterdam Zuid ZuidpleinZuidplein 16E, 1077 XV Amsterdam

*open 24 hours

This article was originally published in 2010 and has been regularly updated. Last update 20 March 2024.

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