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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Groningen Central Station

The best way to reach Groningen is via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (sometimes referred to as: ‘Schiphol’ or ‘Amsterdam Airport’), the main airport in the Netherlands. This airport has direct flight connections to airports all over the world. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the major airline in the Netherlands.

The distance between Groningen Central Station and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is about 227 km (= 141 miles). There are three options for travelling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Groningen Central Station.

  • Train
    There is a direct train connection between Schiphol Airport and Groningen Central Station. It takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes. On the website of the Dutch railway company ('Nederlandse Spoorwegen' or NS) you can find all the information you need, including buying tickets and ticket prices.
    Dutch railway
  • Schiphol Travel Taxi services
    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport also offers different taxi services. There are so-called ‘combined’, ‘private’ and ‘business services’ (in order of expensiveness). This option is of course more expensive than to go by train, but they will drop you off at your hotel in Groningen. A combined service between Amsterdam Schiphol and Groningen (without extra luggage) costs about € 120 per person.
    Schiphol Travel Taxi services
  • Rent a car
    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport also offers the possibility to rent a car, but since public transportation is typically very well-organized in the Netherlands this is probably not necessary.

    Rent a car

Some important notes

  • After arrival at Schiphol, you can buy a train ticket via a machine or at the Tickets & Service Counter at Schiphol Plaza. You will need a single-use chipcard; this card is especially for infrequent travelers.
  • You have to get out of the train at Groningen Central Station (or simply ‘Groningen’), not at Groningen Noord or Groningen Europapark. For the train from Schiphol this is the final destination so you cannot miss it.
  • It is best to buy two one-way tickets as most return tickets have to be used on the same day or within a weekend. A one-way ticket between Amsterdam Schiphol and Groningen costs about € 26 for the second class and about € 43 for first class. The first class is typically quiet and you will have some more room.
  • In case you do rent a car, feel free to contact us for specific driving directions.
  • The conference hotel does not have a private parking lot, but you can park at UMCG ZUID at Hanzeplein 1. This is the parking lot belonging to Groningen’s University Medical Center, which is across the street of the NH Hotel Hanzeplein.

Groningen Central Station to NH Hotel Hanzeplein

  • The walking distance from the train station to the conference hotel NH Hotel at Hanzeplein 132 is 1,8 km (about 22 minutes of walking). See the map below for directions.
  • There are several buses From Groningen Central Station heading toward the main entrance of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) located 100 meters distance from NH Groningen Hanzeplein. You can take the following lines: 5 (direction Station Europapark), 7 (direction Station Noord), 40 (direction Appingedam), 61 (direction Uithuizen/Delfzijl), and 65 (direction Zoutkamp). You can buy a ticket on the bus (at the bus driver). This will cost € 1 and you can only pay with a one Euro coin as the bus driver does not have change. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes by bus.
  • A taxi trip from Groningen Central Station to NH Hotel Hanzeplein will take between 5 and 10 minutes and will cost about € 10 max. When you leave Groningen Central Station via the Main Entrance, you will find the taxis on your left hand. ( ‘taxi’ is ‘taxi’ in Dutch)

(By the way, the Central Station is very beautiful on the inside, so going in is worth the effort).

Last modified:14 November 2018 4.44 p.m.