Arriving by Airplane?
Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) to Groningen
When you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, the Amsterdam International Airport, the easiest way to travel to Groningen is by train. The underground train station is beneath the airport, within walking distance of the luggage claim areas. The Dutch railway system is run by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS). You will recognize it by its yellow and blue colors. Just follow the yellow illuminated signs that direct you To the trains.
Travelling from Groningen Airport Eelde to Groningen
Groningen Airport Eelde is easy accessible with the use of busses. Shuttle bus service 100 will operate between Groningen Airport Eelde and the city of Groningen. This bus service connects departing and arriving flights from and to London, Copenhagen and Gdansk. Bus stops include: Groningen Central Station, Zuiderdiep and Grote Markt.
Besides the shuttle bus it is possible to reach the airport by using bus 9 (Groningen- Eelde). Travelers from the direction of Assen can take bus 50 (Assen Groningen). However a transfer is required at De Punt to bus 9.
For more information check: http://9292.nl/en
Travelling from Eindhoven Airport (NL) to Groningen
Eindhoven Airport might be another convenient option for cheap intra-European flights by Ryanair, CityJet, Wizzair etc. First, you take a bus (line 401) from Eindhoven airport to Eindhoven train station. The bus runs every 10 minutes on Monday until Friday, every 15 minutes on Saturday, and every half hour on Sunday. Then you take a train from Eindhoven to Groningen that runs every 30 minutes with a stopover in Utrecht and Amersfoort (for some trains). In total, it takes 3½-4 hours to reach the Groningen CS.
You will have to purchase a single-use chipcard (this is your train ticket) to Groningen before you board the train. Be careful: passengers travelling without a valid ticket will be fined. You can buy either a first-class ticket or a second-class ticket.
There are two ways of purchasing a ticket: the ticket counter and the yellow and blue ticket-vending machines that you will find in the luggage claim hall and by every entrance to the train terminal. You can purchase tickets from the machines only by using your Credit Card or a Debit Card with the Maestro logo. The vending machines do not take Credit Cards or American Debit Cards.
If you use a single-use chipcard or OV-chipkaart please make sure you check in en out; hold your OV-chipkaart up against the NS card reader in one of the gates or free-standing posts.
You can also buy your ticket online and simply print it yourself. This allows you to take care of everything whenever and wherever it suits you. All you have to do is complete the journey details, pay for the order, download and print your e-ticket. This means that you can board the train straight away!
The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately two hours and Groningen is the last stop. The trains are quite comfortable and (most trains) feature free wireless Internet in all classes and 220V AC outlets in first class. Food and drinks are not sold on the trains, please make sure that you purchase these beforehand at the airport.
Planning your journey in the Netherlands
You might find the website http://9292.nl/en very useful for planning your journey in the Netherlands. The planner combines all available public transportation - trains, buses, trams, metro, and boats - to provide an optimal route. It also informs you real-time about the current delays and disruptions in public transportation.
Please note that car traffic in the city center is restricted and street parking is very limited. Also be aware of the numerous cyclists that may not exactly follow the traffic regulations. There are ten parking garages located near the center.
More information on car parking in Groningen, including the street parking regulations, can be found here.
Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 541 8452
Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 549 4940
Taxi VTG: +31 (0)50 535 0088
Are you flying to Germany?
Travelling from Bremen Airport (Germany) to Groningen
Bremen Airport may be convenient for cheap intra-European flights because it hosts the discounter Ryanair and also offers low airport taxes. There is a direct bus connection from the Bremen airport to Groningen. The bus stop is situated close to the entrance/exit of the Ryanair terminal of the Bremen airport. The bus schedule can be found here. It takes about 3 hours to reach the Groningen Central Station (CS). There is also an indirect train that leaves from Bremen CS (Hauptbanhhoff) by tram No. 6 (the tram schedule is here). Then you take a train to Groningen (do not mix with Gröningen, Germany!) with a step over in Leer, Germany. The journey from Bremen HB takes about 2.5 hours. More detailed information on the train connection can be found here and here.
Travelling from Weeze Airport (Germany) to Groningen
Weeze airport might also be convenient for cheap intra-European flights because it hosts discounters Ryanair, AirBerlin, Germania etc. First, you take a direct bus from Weeze airport to Nijmegen. The bus schedule can be found here. Then you take a train from Nijmegen to Groningen that runs every 30 minutes (schedule: NS website). In total, it takes 3½-4 hours to reach the Groningen CS.
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