I don't want to hijack the Chipkaart thread going, as I have a specific situation, and am hoping our Dutch members can give me some info, as I cannot get this from the Dutch web-site.
We have a long day-trip planned. We leave Bruges by their bus 42 for Breskens. On arrival there, we will then have 1) ferry to Vlissingen, 2) local train to Middelburg, 3) bus 133 to Delta Park (to explore outside for an hour, not go in), 4) an hour later bus 133 back to Middelburg, and end with 5) train to Leiden. How can we purchase tickets most efficiently without getting anonymous Chipkaart? From Leiden (also going to Keukenhof from there the next day, but that will be on the combined bus/park ticket from Leiden) we will a couple days later train to Amsterdam, where we will not need ANY transportation, other than several days later the train to Schiphol. These two trains we know how to purchase the individual tickets. We do not want to lose the fees for the Chipkaart, nor do we want the hassle of getting the refund while waiting for our plane. From what we've read, it seems that if we hang on to the card, it could expire before our next trip through.
So: is it possible to get one purchase that will pay for all of our transportation from Breskens that day, or at least the legs until we are back at Middelburg and need the Leiden train? Or do we have to find a separate vendor for each leg, in which case where would we get the tickets outside Delta Park? Or is it such that for that several leg trip I've written up that to get an anonymous card for those legs only would have fare charges substantially less than the individual fare (i.e, the saving greater than 1 Euro for each leg)?
Thanks in advance for any replies with decent info.