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Molecular Machines Nobel Prize Conference Groningen 19-22 November 2017

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Travelling to Groningen

Flight info

Since September 2016 there are return flights to the international hub Copenhagen, with the possibility of quickly and easily transferring to a flight operated by SAS or one of the other Star Alliance airlines. This airlift directly connects the Northern Netherlands to many airports all over the world. The flights to Copenhagen are operated by Nordica. You can book your flights (including connections) using the familiar booking channels.

Travelling from Groningen Airport Eelde to Groningen

Groningen Airport Eelde is easy accessible with the use of busses. Shuttle bus service 100 will operate between Groningen Airport Eelde and the city of Groningen. This bus service connects departing and arriving flights from and to London, Copenhagen and Gdansk. Bus stops include: Groningen Central Station, Zuiderdiep and Grote Markt. Another possibility is using public transport by using bus 9.

Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) to Groningen

When you arrive to Amsterdam International Airport (Schiphol), the easiest way to travel to Groningen is by train. The underground train station is beneath the airport, within walking distance of the luggage claim areas. The Dutch railway system is run by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS). You will recognize it by its yellow and blue colours. Just follow the yellow illuminated signs that direct you ‘To the trains’.

Public transport

You will have to purchase a single-use chipcard (this is your train ticket) to Groningen before you board the train.

Be aware that: passengers travelling without a valid ticket will be heavily fined. You can buy either a first-class ticket or a second-class ticket.

There are two ways of purchasing a ticket:

  • At the ticket desk located at the main hall of the Airport (all cards are accepted).
  • 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. American Debit Cards will not be accepted.

If you use a single-use chipcard 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. You will not need to check-in or -out.

Train schedules

Detailed information on schedules 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 in the trains.

Planning your journey in the Netherlands

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 on  real-time delays and disruptions in public transportation.

Traveling to Groningen by car

Please note that car traffic in the city center is restricted and street parking is very limited and expensive. The city hosts ten parking garages located near the center.

Taxis in Groningen

  • Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 541 8452
  • Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 549 4940
  • Taxi VTG: +31 (0)50 535 0088

By bus

There is a direct bus connection from Bremen Airport to Groningen. The bus stop is located close to the entrance/exit of the Ryanair terminal. The bus schedule can be found here . It takes about three hours to reach the Groningen Central Station (CS).

By train

There is an indirect train that leaves from Bremen CS (Hauptbanhhoff) by tram No. 6 (the tram schedule is here ). Then you take a train to Groningen (do not mix with Gröningen, Germany!) with a step over in Leer, Germany. The journey from Bremen HB takes about 2.5 hours. More detailed information on the train connection can be found here and here .


Information about visas is available at the Dutch immigration and naturalisation service .

Laatst gewijzigd:13 april 2018 14:51