Many people explore the city of Groningen by bicycle. Renting a bike is easy and relatively inexpensive. From a traditional Dutch bike to a mountain bike for exploring the countryside, you're spoilt for choice. From the city centre of Groningen it is a 10 minute ride by bike to the Congress Center Martini Plaza. You can make your bike reservation directly through this website. By entering the code AILAAUG2021 you will receive an extra discount of 10%. This is applicable for 400 reservations.
Travel by air
Groningen Airport Eelde
Groningen can be easily reached from Groningen Airport Eelde with connecting flights departing to, and arriving from, London and Copenhagen. The airport is easily accessible by shuttle bus service 100 which operates between Groningen and the airport. It is also possible to reach the airport by using bus 9 (Groningen - Eelde). Passengers from Assen can take bus 50 (Assen – Groningen) changing at De Punt onto bus 9. Further information and a list of all destinations can be found here.
Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) to Groningen
Once you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, Amsterdam international airport, the easiest way traveling to Groningen is by train. The underground train station beneath the airport is within walking distance from the luggage claim areas. The Dutch railway system is called Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS); you will recognize it by its yellow and blue colors. Please follow the illuminated signs that direct you ‘to trains’
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Travel by train
You will have to purchase a single-use chip card (this is your train ticket) to Groningen at the ticket counteror at 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 chip card or OV-chipkaart please make sure you check in and 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!
Information on travelling by train is available on the NS website.
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.
Travel by car
Traveling to Groningen by car
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 multiple parking garages located near the center.
More information on car parking in Groningen, including the street parking regulations, can be found here.
Read here about our work in progress and key traffic projects and discover smart travel alternatives.
You might find the website 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.