Coming to Groningen, Pick-up service, ISIC Mobility Card

What is the best way to travel to Groningen? And once you´re here, how to get to our campus? Prior to explaining how our Pick-up service works, general information regarding the travelling options is provided.

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Public transport card with discount for international students

Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Student Mobility have arranged a special public transport card with a discount for international students.

For public transportation the most common way to pay is the OV-chipkaart (OV-chip card). Occationally sometimes it's possible to purchase a transportation ticket with a Meastro card. With the OV-chip card you can easily make use of  the train, bus, metro and tram. There are two types of OV chip cards: an anonymous card and a personalcard. Seeing as both options are not ideal for international students due to the fact that the first doesn't provide a discount and the second requires a Dutch debit card, a customised mobility card had been created especially for international students: Tripkey  Mobility Card. This card can be reserved prior your arrival in Groningen.

Basic card or additional services

The basic Tripkey  Mobility Card  costs €15,-.For an additional monthly fee of €4,50 the card offers the following discounts:

  • 15% discount for national railway (NS).during off-peak hours
  • A digital ISIC Membership, that offers various discounts not only in the Netherlands, but also in other parts of the world.
  • An Arriva / Q-Buzz discount card for 12 months: 40% discount during off-peak hours on all Arriva buses in Friesland (apart from the Wadden Islands), all Q-Buzz buses in Groningen and Drenthe as well as all Arriva trains in Groningen and Friesland.
    Off peak hours buses: Monday to Friday: before 7 am and after 9 am. There are no peak hours during the weekend and national holidays!
    Off peak hours trains: Monday to Friday before 6.30 am and after 9 am. There are no peak hours during the weekend and national holidays!) Local discount available as long as stocks last.
  • Customized application process for international students.
  • Automatic top-up option (no more topping up of balance).
  • Travel data, customer service etc in ISIC mobility app.
  • Access to shared bikes.

Sign up for the card that offers access topublic transportation + the digital ISIC card here.

Order the Tripkey Mobility Card here

Finding your way to Groningen and Hanze UAS without the Tripkey Mobility Card and more...

Groningen is easily accessibly by public transportation from any city. Are you unsure of whether you should come by plane, train or bus? Or prioritise sustainability, time or price? Check the various options to find the ideal way to travel to the city of your choice here.

From Schiphol or Eindhoven Airport to Groningen

Train tickets can be bought either online or at the train station (NS ticket desk and the yellow ticket machines). When buying the train ticket online, you can get a discount on your first train ticket via the website of StudentMobility. You can also choose to order the ticket directly from the website of our main rail company NS.

The electronic signs at the train stations display the departure time and platform for the train to Groningen Central Station (CS). We advise you to take the direct train to Groningen CS so you do not have to carry your luggage from one train to another. It takes about 2 hours to get to Groningen from Schiphol and about 3 hours from Eindhoven.

From Groningen CS to Hanze UAS (Zernike Campus)

Once you have arrived at Groningen CS station, you can take a taxi or bus to your accommodation or the university campus. The taxis znd buses are waiting outside the train station. The publication board showing the bus lines and their destinations.

By bus
Bus lines 11 and 15 go to Zernike Campus. Click here for the time table.

By car
You can find your route description to Hanze UAS here. 


Pick-up service 

Hanze UAS offers a free pick-up service for those who'd rather get some guidance when travelling from the airport to Groningen. A Hanze student will pick you up from the airport and take you to your destination by train. 

There are a couple of things you need to know before applying: 

  • For the second semester the pick-up service is available from the 16th of January 2023 until the 13th of February 2023.

  • For the first semester the pick-up service is available during the entire summer until the 4th of September 2023.

  • After further discussion other pick-ups at other dates could be optional.
  • We can pick you up between 9AM to 9PM. If you arrive before this time, we'll ask you to wait until 9AM. If you arrive after 9PM you can decide to travel to Groningen by yourself, or you can book a place for the night and get picked up the next morning.
  • Book the pick-up service at least 7 days before you arrive in the Netherlands. We prefer if you would book it even earlier, as soon as you know when you'll arrive. If you do not book the pick-up service 7 days before your arrival date, we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to arrange the pick-up service for you.
  • The pick-up service is free, but you need to pay for your own travel costs such as your train or bus tickets. 
  • When your pick-up request has been processed, you will receive the contact details from the person who will help you to travel to Groningen. This person will reach out to you to make sure everything will run smoothly.
  • When you apply for a pickup you can tell us if you come alone or together with other students. Make sure to fill in the details of your travel companion.

Click here to apply for the Hanze pick-up service! A student will be waiting for you upon arrival at either Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam/The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde, or Groningen train station. 


Travelling to the Netherlands and Covid-19

You can find all the information on our Covid-19 page.

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