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Travel by air

Groningen Airport Eelde
Groningen is easily reached from Groningen Airport Eelde
The Airport offers you the possibility to fly directly to Groningen Airport Eelde from a few European destinations. The airport is connected to Groningen Central Station by public bus line number 2. The bus journey takes about 30 minutes. Also a direct bus drives 9 times a week from Station Groningen to the airport. For all your questions about departure and arival times, bus stops, routes and public transport options please contact 9292 OV.
Further information and a list of all destinations can be found here.
Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) to Groningen
When you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, Amsterdam international airport, easiest way to travel Groningen is by train. The railway station is located at walking distance from the luggage claim areas. Dutch railway system is called Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), you will recognize NS trains and offices by their yellow and blue colours.

Travel by train
Train schedules
Due to maintenance activities, there will be no direct trains from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Groningen between June 30th and July 15th. The shortest route by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Groningen dring this period is as follows:
1. Intercity train Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Kampen Zuid
2. Bus Kampen Zuid - Meppel
3. Intercity train Meppel - Groningen
The intercity for Kampen Zuid leaves Amsteradm Schiphol Airport every half hour. The whole journey should take about two and a half hours. 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.
Please note that there is no need to get a separate bus ticket for the journey from Kampen Zuid to Meppel. Your train ticket will be valid on the bus as well. 
Information on travelling by train is available on the NS website.
Train Tickets
You will have to purchase a single-use chip card (this is your train ticket) to Groningen 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/Debit Card with the Maestro logo. The vending machines do not take Credit Cards or American Debit Cards.
You can also buy your ticket online and simply print it yourself. All you have to do is complete the journey details, pay for the order, download and print your e-ticket.
Please make sure that you use your chip card or e-ticket to check in and out at the beginning and end of your journey. For instructions, please see here.
Please note that most trains will have free wireless Internet in all classes and 220V AC outlets in first class. Food and drinks are not normally sold on the trains.


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 ten parking garages located near the center.
More information on car parking in Groningen, including the street parking regulations, can be found here.
Taxis in Groningen
Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 541 8452
Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 549 4940
Taxi VTG: +31 (0)50 535 0088