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NS does it again....

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Positano, Italy
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NS does it again....

According to local news station AT5 , NS has introduced a new hotkey button on the ticket machines. The button on the main screen gives the opportunity to purchase a ticket to and from Schiphol from all Amsterdam Stations for 4 euro. Whilst purchasing a regular ticket from for example Amsterdam Zuid only costs 2.60 euro.

After the misleading comfort class tickets this has become the new version of ripping of tourists.

at5.nl/artikelen/129565/toeristen-juist-duur…

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Amsterdam, The...
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reviews: 73
1. Re: NS does it again....

For the love of god!!

I love the way the woman on the phone from NS mentioned 70% of customers wanted to go to CS. Then squirming about the other 30% that were potentially getting ripped off by paying more.

They really should not be allowed to get away with 5hit like this. Isn't there like a passenger's pressure group to regulate NS?

Brussels
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2. Re: NS does it again....

<Isn't there like a passenger's pressure group to regulate NS?>

http://www.rover.nl/

But notice rover.nl/actueel/nieuwsarchief/779-ns-corrig…

Amsterdam, The...
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3. Re: NS does it again....

Such crooks!

Fort Worth, Texas
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4. Re: NS does it again....

is it really a rip off if the option to not use the hot button and buy cheaper is still available?

Amsterdam, The...
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5. Re: NS does it again....

Yes it is....

Edited: 2:13 pm, June 17, 2014
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Auckland Region...
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7. Re: NS does it again....

It is a rip off if te consumer is not aware of lower fares by not pressing teh button! Especially as so may travellers on that route will be tourists.

George Town, Grand...
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8. Re: NS does it again....

Can you please explain how this tourist can avoid this?

Amsterdam, The...
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9. Re: NS does it again....

You only need to avoid it if you are going to a station other than Amsterdam Centraal. i.e. it is cheaper to get to Zuid, Lelylaan, Sloterdijk but indeed most will go to CS where the fare is 4 euros anyway.

From 1st july I guess this will be 5 euros when they start charging extra for paper tickets.

I would say to avoid it take the bus but they just increased the fare to 5 euros from 4 euros too.

I have to say the NS machines at the airport even confused me the other week so how a tourist can manage is a mystery. No wonder there was a queue at most of them as people tried to figure them out.

Edmonton, Canada
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10. Re: NS does it again....

Oh the Dutch .... Sounds like the not so subtle tactics that booking.com (another Dutch creation) places on their website...flashing messages...2 rooms left and 8 people from Croatia looking at these rooms right now. Snooze and you loose. Does the hot bottom on the ticket machine flash or make noise?

Edited: 1:39 am, June 18, 2014
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