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Travel Information

 – Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) 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 inside 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 colors. Just follow the yellow illuminated signs that direct you ‘To the trains’.

– Train Tickets –

You purchase a single-use chip card (this is your train ticket) to Groningen at the ticket counter or 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. You can also pay directly with your Debit Card, please check this page on how to do so. If you use a single-use chip card 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. This means that you can board the train straight away! Information on travelling by train is available on the NS website. The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately two hours and Groningen is the last stop. Food and drinks are sold sporadically on the trains, so if you are starving, it is best to purchase food beforehand at the airport.

It is advisable to purchase a first class ticket, which allows you to ride in the cars with a blue stripe on the side. These cars have more room, tend to be less crowded and (usually) feature free wireless Internet and 220V AC outlets.

Note: The ticket machines in Schiphol Airport take foreign credit cards, but the machines in Groningen do not. Thus, you will have to buy your ticket from the counter at the station in Groningen if you do not have a Maestro card.

– Train schedules –

Unless there is a disruption, trains to Groningen leave from the airpot at :04 and :34 from tracks 1-2. The :04 train is direct. If you catch a :34 train you will have to transfer in Zwolle about one hour into the trip. This is always a short transfer, meaning you just walk from your train to the other side of the platform to catch the Groningen train. If you miss this train in Groningen, there will be another in 30 minutes or you can look at the schedule to find a “Sprinter” train.

Information on travelling by train is available from the NS website. You might also find the website 9292.nl 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 real-time about the current delays and disruptions in public transportation. The train leaves Schiphol Airport for Groningen twice per hour: the train at the top half of the hour is direct and the one at the bottom half requires a change in Zwolle. In both cases, the train to Groningen travels together with a train to Leeuwarden; make sure that you board one of the cars attached to the engine that says “Groningen.” When departing from Schiphol, this will be the front part of the train (the left side of the platform). If you are unsure, just ask another passenger. If you do wind up in Leeuwarden, it is about a one-hour train ride back to Groningen (for which you must buy a separate ticket). The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately two hours and ten minutes 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 on the trains, thus you should purchase these beforehand at the airport. Visit www.ns.nl to check the schedules online. If you have any problems, there are information booths at every station.

– Bus passes and schedules in Groningen –

The Energy Academy Europe is located at approx. 15 – 20 minutes from the train station or your hotel by bus. You can use the bus pass on your registration badge for using public transport within the city of Groningen. We hand them out on the pre-registration on Sunday, or from Monday during registration at the conference venue. The bus schedules you can find on www.9292.nl