Public transport in Groningen

The city of Groningen and its surrounding areas are all connected via a high-quality network for public transportation. Additionally, you can easily arrive in Groningen by bike, car, boat or plane. The possibilities offer great convenience, as well as many ways to explore the beautiful city of Groningen.

Arriving in Groningen

When flying into Groningen, the closest airports to the University of Groningen are Eelde Airport in Groningen (located 45 mins away), Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam (located a little over 2 hours away) and Bremen Airport in Bremen, Germany (located 2 hours away). If you are traveling from a destination at a long distance, you will generally fly into Schiphol Airport, where you can arrange for separate transportation from the airport and on to the university.

Schiphol - Groningen

Upon your initial arrival at Schiphol Airport, it can be a little overwhelming, but the clear signage will make it simple to get from one place to the next. To get to Groningen, the best way is to take the train, which will stop at the platform right below the Schiphol Plaza, leaving hourly for Groningen Central Station. There are more connections every hour that only require one train change. The complete journey from Amsterdam or Schiphol Airport and on into Groningen usually takes a little over 2 hours.

Groningen - Airport Eelde

A bustling international airport, Groningen Airport Eelde is only 20 minutes from the city center, making it very easily accessible.

To make things even simpler, you can also take the bus from Groningen Airport Eelde and Groningen’s city center, making it possible to arrive in about 20 minutes. The shuttle bus is scheduled around the flights to and from London, Copenhagen and Gdansk, making a stop at the Central Station, Zuiderdiep and the Grote Markt in Groningen, as well as other convenient locations. A one-way ticket will only cost €5, and you can easily purchase it on the bus.

Bremen - Groningen

Another great option is to fly into the Netherlands via the Bremen Airport in nearby Germany. If you’re looking for the easiest and cheapest way to travel from the airport to Groningen Central Station, then be sure to take the Flixbus. You’ll be able to get from the airport to Groningen Central Station in approximately 2.5 hours, depending on the time of your travel, and the cost will only be € 11 one way. Scheduled about eight times a day, the bus runs from 6:30 to 23:30.

With so many buses stopping at and around Groningen Central Station, the city center is simple to navigate. However, if you’d like to take a taxi, you’ll find them outside, parked just to the left. Plus, you’ll be happy that most journeys inside Groningen will run less than € 20.

If you need directions or suggestions at any time, just be sure to ask. The residents of Groningen are very helpful and friendly.

Moving around Groningen

Don’t be at all worried about getting around in Groningen, as that it’s relatively simple. With international airports connected to Groningen via trains and buses, you can get in and out of the city with ease. And while you’re in Groningen, there’s a myriad of different ways to get from one side of the city to the other. With 9292, you can also make your travel plans.


Few things can be as convenient when in Groningen than having a bike at your disposal. You can usually travel across the city in half an hour, and it’s almost always free to park your bike at a variety of locations — just be sure to invest in a heavy-duty bike lock. If you have a car, you may even consider leaving it back at home, as that it may complicate getting around the city center somewhat, and you’ll have to pay for parking.


Even though biking is a great mode of transportation in Groningen, sometimes you’ll want to take the bus, especially if the forecast calls for rain or other inclement weather, or if you are traveling along the outskirts of the city. However, a long journey can be time-consuming, so you may want to opt for a train when traveling an hour or more away.


Within Groningen, there are three train stations: Groningen Central Station, Groningen Europapark and Groningen Noord/Station Noord. Trains depart regularly from Station Noord and arrive at Central Station twice per hour and back again.

If you like choices, there are two different train companies to choose from: Arriva and NS. Trains with Arriva mostly travel to locations in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe. If you need to travel longer distances, such as traveling to Amsterdam, you should opt for one of the NS trains, provided by the national Dutch railroad company.

Public transport card (OV-chipkaart)

When using public transportation in the Netherlands, you’ll be required to have an OV-chip (OV-chipkaart).

When utilizing the OV-chip, you must check in before you begin your trip, and then you must check out once you have reached your destination. During your trip, if you switch from one transportation company to another, you must check out with the first company before you can check in with the following one. For example, if you take a train from Amsterdam and then switch to a bus to get to the city center, you must first check out from the train station before you can check into the bus.

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