In November 1985 ESO, a collaboration of Dutch regional bus companies, announced the introduction of a new day rover, the Zomerzwerfkaart. Goal was to increase the number of bus passengers in the summer, a period with usually lower number of passengers. ESO hoped to sell 5,000 tickets in 1986 and 30.000 tickets in 1989.

The Zomerzwerfkaart (Summer wanderer ticket) was a dayrover valid in the summers from 1986 until 2009. It could be used on almost all buses, trams and subways in the Netherlands. It was also valid on several railway routes. With a surcharge it was valid on long distance buses (Interliner and Q-liner) as well.

Tickets were only sold by bus drivers on the regional buses. In 2006 Connexxion, one of the biggest bus companies in The Netherlands, decided to cease selling the Zomerzwerfkaart. In the last year, 2009, availiblity was even worse. The ticket was then only sold by two companies, Veolia in Zeelandic Flanders and Qbuzz.

Until 1990 the Zomerzwerfkaart could only be used for groups of two to six persons. The Dutch Ministry of Transport felt that this cheaper day rover would undermine the National Tarif (Strip ticket). From 1991 the group requirement was dropped and anyone could use the Zomerzwerfkaart.

year period full fare reduced fare remarks
1986 1 june - 31 august ƒ 7.00 ƒ 3.50 per group an additional fee of ƒ 7.00 was added
1987 1 june - 31 august ƒ 9.00 x  
1988 13 june - 11 september ƒ 9.00 x original end date was extended to 17 September due to the Dutch National Monument Day
1989 12 june - 10 september ƒ 9.25 x  
1990 11 june - 9 september ƒ 9.50 x  
1991 1 june - 31 august ƒ 12.50 ƒ 7.50  
1992 6 june - 6 september ƒ 13.75 ƒ 8.25  
1993 5 june - 5 september ƒ 14.75 ƒ 9.75  
1994 15 june - 15 september ƒ 14.75 ƒ 9.75  
1995 1 june - 31 august ƒ 15.75 ƒ 10.25  
1996 1 june - 31 august ƒ 16.00 ƒ 10.50  
1997 1 june - 31 august ƒ 16.00 ƒ 10.50  
1998 1 june - 31 august ƒ 16.00 ƒ 10.50  
1999 1 june - 31 august ƒ 16.00 ƒ 10.50  
2000 1 june - 31 august ƒ 16.00 ƒ 10.50  
2001 1 june - 31 august ƒ 16.50 ƒ 11.00  
2002 1 june - 31 august € 7.80 € 5.20  
2003 1 june - 31 august € 8.20 € 5.40  
2004 1 june - 31 august € 8.50 € 5.60  
2005 1 june - 31 august € 8.60 € 5.70  
2006 1 june - 31 august € 8,90 € 5.90  
2007 1 june - 31 august € 9.00 € 6.00  
2008 1 june - 31 august € 9.20 € 6.10  
2009 1 june - 31 august € 9.70 x only full fare availible

The reduced fare is valid for children (4-11 years), elderly (65+ years) and dogs. In 1986 the reduced fare for children was valid untill the age of nine.

From 1987 until 1990 two persons between who qualified for the reduced fare could travel one full fare ticket.

year numbers sold
1986 85,000
1987 172,000
1989 300,000
1990 250,000
1991 330,000

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