How to get to Groningen

There are several ways to get to Groningen: you can rent a car, by taxi, take a train or the bus. Below shows the easiest way to get to Groningen from Schiphol (Amsterdam) or Bremen. (

Schiphol – Groningen

You will probably arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, Amsterdam International Airport. The easiest way to travel to Groningen is to take the train. The underground train station is located near Schiphol Plaza, within several minutes walking distance from the luggage claim. The Dutch railway system is run by Nederlandse Spoorwegen and known as NS. You will recognize it by its yellow and blue colours. Look out for the yellow illuminated signs that direct you ‘To the trains’.

There is a direct hourly train service to Groningen from Schiphol Airport. Additional connections every hour involve just one change of trains. Make sure that you board one of the carriages marked with the destination Groningen (the other part of the train travels to Leeuwarden). The journey from Amsterdam or Schiphol Airport to Groningen takes a little over 2 hours.

See also the national railway timetables

Train tickets to Groningen
It is important that you purchase a train ticket to Groningen prior to boarding the train. Passengers travelling without a valid ticket will be fined. You can buy either a first-class ticket or a second-class ticket (26.50 euro one-way)

There are three ways of purchasing a ticket. At the ticket office at Schiphol Plaza where you can purchase a ticket from a railway officer in person, and from the yellow and blue ticket-vending machines that you will find in the luggage claim hall and by every entrance to the train terminal. Or buy your train ticket online: individual tickets

Bremen – Groningen
Another way to arrive in the Netherlands is via Bremen Airport. The cheapest and easiest way to travel from Bremen to Groningen is to take the Flixbus. This will take you from Bremen to Groningen in about 2,5 hours and costs around 12 euro (one way), depending on the time you travel. You can book your ticket online or buy one directly from the driver. The buses run about 5 times a day.

Once you have arrived in Groningen, you are advised to take a taxi to bring you to your accommodation. You can find taxis at the front of the Groningen railway station.

Travelling to Groningen from Airport Eelde
You can flight directly to Groningen airport Eelde from a few European destinations. It is connected to Groningen Central Station either by Airportliner or by public bus line number 2. The bus journey takes about 30 minutes.

Travel to Hanze Plaza by bus
Start at the railway station by central city bus line 35 / 39 / 637 or 682. Get off at Meubelboulevard Hoendiep. From here it is only a three minute walk.

Or Travel to Hanze Plaza by taxi

Hanze Plaza is approximately 10 minute drive away from the railway station of Groningen.