So, there you are.. in The Netherlands. Your plane just landed and you managed to fish your (usually heavy) bags off the luggage belt. You know it's the beginning of a big adventure, but how you're supposed to get to Groningen might be tricky. Here's what to do:
Groningen by train
The easiest way to get to Groningen is by train and convinently the train station is situated right under Schiphol Airport. Our railway company is called NS, short for Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch railways). NS has it's own website, which is also in English. Click here for the English website of the NS. The Netherlands has a great railway system, which means that most cities are easily accessible by train. You can plan your journey by using the 'Journey planner' on the NS-website. You can also check out the ticketprices on the website. Don't forget to buy yourself a ticket before entering the train, since you cannot buy a ticket on board.
The price for a one-way ticket from Schiphol to Groningen is €25,70. You can buy a ticket at the yellow ticket machines, or find yourself a NS counter.
There are two trains per hour that go from Schiphol Airport to Groningen. You can either take the direct train that leaves at three minutes past every hour, or you can take the train where you need to switch trains at Zwolle station. This train leaves each hour at thirtythree past. The first train usually departs at 07:19, and the last train usually departs at 23:19. The journey takes just over 2 hours where you can enjoy the beautiful (and super flat) Dutch landscape!
Two Dutch words you need to know:
'Spoor' means platform
'Vertrek' means departure
If you have more questions about your trip, you can always ask an employee of the NS for help. They are dressed in a dark blue suit, with a red stripe on the right lapel of their jacket.
What to do when you forgot your bags in the train
Oops.. forgot your bag in the train? Try to stay calm, find yourself a phone and call this number: 030-7515155, they will help you further.
Pick-up service RUG University and Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS)
RUG pick-up service:
Schiphol taxi call (+31) 50 363 5522
- Per person, 65 euro
- 2 persons, 60 per person
- 3 persons, 55 per person
Hanze UAS pick-up service:
Students coming to study at Hanze UAS can be picked up from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, but also from Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Groningen airports. It is also possible to be picked up from the bus stop in Groningen. All students are then accompanied to their student accommodation.
Students can apply for this “pick-up service” by sending an e-mail (at least one week before departure) to email@example.com with subject PICK-UP and stating:
- their name (if they travel with fellow prospective students, their names as well);
- place and country of residence;
- date, place and time of departure;
- in case of stop-over, the exact time, place and flight number;
- date and time of arrival in the Netherlands;
- flight number and company,
- address of your accommodation in Groningen,
- telephone number
You can get the most up-to-date information about the pick-up service at Hanze UAS here.
ESN is not to be held responsible if anything goes wrong with or during your trip to Groningen. Train schedules can change. For the most recent travel information it's best to check the NS Website.