The subscriptions of the Dutch Railways are being overhauled. From 2021, among other things, the 40 percent discount in the afternoon rush hour will disappear. The number of different subscription forms will be halved from 22 to 11.

The 40 percent discount in the afternoon rush hour only applies to travelers with an Off-peak hours subscription. This subscription has not been sold since 2011.

The railway company says it wants to make subscriptions more flexible and easier. The company also says that more travelers must travel outside rush hour. By canceling the discount, travelers who pay the full rate have a greater chance of getting a seat, according to NS.

"NS wants to make traveling by public transport easy, without a deposit and without charging the public transport chip card," says Tjalling Smit, member of the board of directors of NS. "We have listened carefully to travelers and the advice of consumer organizations to make our subscriptions simpler."

NS Flex available for all subscriptions

After the change, NS Flex will also be available for all NS subscriptions. For example, the subscriptions Altijd Vrij, Traject Vrij, Weekend Vrij, Dal Vrij and Altijd Voordeel receive standard NS Flex. Some subscriptions also become slightly cheaper.

With NS Flex, subscription holders no longer have to top up the balance and there is no mandatory deposit of 10 euros.