Find your way to Groningen and to the Wiebenga

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School of Health Care Studies | Hanze University of Applied Sciences | Venue: Wiebenga | Petrus Driessenstraat 3, 9714 CA Groningen |

Travelling
Depending on where you live, train or plane is the most convenient way into Groningen. And often, it's a combination of the two.

Travelling from Schiphol Airport to Groningen
If you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, the Amsterdam International airport, the easiest way to travel to Groningen is to take the train. The underground train station is located near Schiphol Plaza, within several minutes walking distance from the luggage claim areas. The Dutch railway system is run by Nederlandse Spoorwegen  and known as NS. You will recognize it by its yellow and blue colours. Just follow the yellow illuminated signs that direct you 'To the trains'.

Train Tickets
It is important that you purchase a train ticket to Groningen before you board the train. Passengers travelling without a valid ticket will be 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 office where you can purchase a ticket from a railway officer in person, and from 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.

Train schedules
Information on travelling by train can be accessed at the NS website. Trains depart from Schiphol Airport to Groningen twice an hour. The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately 2.5 hours. The trains are comfortable and feature free wireless internet at most of them. However, there is no form of refreshment service on the train so be sure to purchase your drinks and snack at Schiphol.

Traveling to Groningen by train
Guest arriving from Germany, Belgium, or France can take direct trains into the Netherlands. Often you have to switch trains in either Utrecht or Amsterdam to get to Groningen—direct trains to Groningen leave from both these cities. Check https://www.ns.nl/en for detailed train information. Dutch public transport is among one of the most developed systems in the world, and you can reach virtually every Dutch place—even the smallest villages—by train.

Traveling to Groningen by car
Attendees are advised to travel in Groningen by public transport: Green Conference and because the parking facilities are scarce. Please note that car traffic in the city centre 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 centre. More information on car parking in Groningen, including the street parking regulations, can be found here.

Getting Around in Groningen

  • Walking
    The most obvious way is walking. The centre of Groningen is compact since it's located between the canals which used to border the city in the old days. This means that it's easy to get around using by foot.

  • Biking
    While walking in the centre is popular, an even more favourite means of transportation is the bicycle. There are bicycle lanes throughout the city with traffic lights especially for cyclists. Bicycles can be rented at the main train station and / or at most hotels.

  • Bus
    The most common form of public transport in Groningen is the bus. There are numerous bus lines running through Groningen and there's always one which can take you where you need to go. There's no need to wonder which line you need to take since there is a door to door journey-planner on the internet (http://9292.nl/en# )which informs you about the fastest way of travelling, and which bus line to take wherever you are in the Netherlands. 

  • Taxi's in Groningen
    Groningen has various taxi companies, here's a small selection of them.
    Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 541 8452
    Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 549 4940
    Taxi VTG: +31 (0)50 535 0088


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