Flying is the most convenient way to get to Groningen. The area is reached by air at Groningen Airport. Several airlines offer flight services from various European destinations. There are for example direct flights to Groningen from Copenhagen (and Örebro), London Southend and Gdansk. During summer season there are direct flights from Faro and Palma de Mallorca.
The airport is small and convenient; there are no long waiting times. You are able to leave the airport just 15 minutes after disembarking the plane. The airport is located about 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of the city. Groningen is reached by public transport by bus lines 2 and 100. Bus 100 takes you directly to Groningen Main station and town centre. Bus line 2 heads towards the city via the town of Eelde and the south of Groningen.
The town of Assen is reached to take bus 2 in the opposite direction (to De Punt). At De Punt bus stop change to bus 50 to Assen.
Taxis and rental cars are also available at the airport.
The train system in the Netherlands is good. To Groningen there are direct and frequent rail services from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Germany. Train services in the north are operated by Arriva. Train services to Amsterdam, Rotterdam etc. are operated by the Dutch National Railways. Journey time by train to get to Groningen are approximately:
Leeuwarden: 30 to 50 minutes
Assen: 20 minutes
Leer (Germany): 1 hour 15 minutes
Amsterdam: 2 hours 15 minutes (also from Schiphol airport)
Rotterdam: 2 hours 30 minutes
The Hague: 2 hours 40 minutes
Eindhoven: 3 hours
Groningen has three train strations: Groningen Main station (locally called Hoofdstation), Groningen Europapark, and Groningen Noord. The main station is located just near the city centre and is served by all trains to Groningen and most of the bus services to or in Groningen.
If your intention is to go to Leeuwarden or to Assen: Leeuwarden has two train stations: Leeuwarden Main station, near the town centre, and Leeuwarden Cammighanuren. The station is served by all trains to this town and by most of the busses to or in Leeuwarden. Assen has just one station and is located near the town centre. Also most busses stop at the station.
For more info on time scheduls etc, check 9292, a Dutch public transport platform and planner.
Several international busses stop at Groningen. Busses arrive from Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Frankfurt, and Munich. Some busses comming from eastern Europe stop in Groningen. International bus services companies are MeinFernbus, Flixbus, and Eurolines. International busses stop at Groningen Main station.
City and towns are well-connected by local bus services. A metropolitan bus system is operated in Groningen and the Groningen metropolitan region (Q-link). Express busses operate to destinations further away (Q-liners), with only a few intermediate stops. Local busses operate in a fequent time schedule.
For more info to get to Groningen by bus:
- - for local busses, check 9292.
- - for international busses, check the site of Meinfernbus, Flixbus, or Eurolines.
- - national busses operated by Flixbus to Groningen from Eindhoven, Enschede, and Apeldoorn. Check the site of Flixbus for prices and times.
Groningen is even by car accessible. The city is connected by main European motorways. Road infrastructure in the Netherlands is good. City and town centres are in general not well-adapted to cars and trucs. Park and Ride areas can be used for parking and for travelling further by bus. Expensive parking houses are at the edges of the town centres.