Before you start travelling you need to load balance on your OV-chipkaart. You need to check in and check out, when travelling, also when you have to change. Sometimes the card reader is in the bus or the tram, and sometimes on the platform.
Before you start travelling you need to load balance on your OV-chipkaart. This can be done by charging an amount of money or a travel product. A travel product can be a season ticket that is only valid in a certain area. Charging the OV-chipkaart can be done at a Public transport company or at a machine.
With a personal OV-chipkaart it is possible to select automatic charging. In that case, when your account has reached a certain balance, an additional amount will automatically be withdrawn from your bank account and loaded directly to your OV-chipkaart.
With a positive balance on your OV-chipkaart you can check in and out. Hold your OV-chipkaart against the screen of a gate or single card reader. The gate will open; the card reader will give a confirmation signal. At the end of your journey you check out in the same way.
At stations there are a lot of gates. These gates are one-way and the direction is displayed clearly. In case of an emergency, all gates open automatically.
If you make a transfer you will need to check out and in again on the next mode of transport. If you are transferring from one train to another train of the same company, you only need to check out at the end of your journey.
Card readers sometimes are placed at the platform at trainstations or metro and tram strations. Be sure that you check out at the right Public transport company.