My mum and I took the NSL train to Assen from Schipol Aiport. The journey was 2 hours and 13 minute passing by 7 stations before arriving in Assen. Make sure it's written Groningen on the platform signage. One way ticket was 22.80 euro per person.
The train journey was very smooth and really fun with beautiful views along the way. We saw horses, farm houses, sheep, a river, windmill (though quite far from the track), towns and homes with beautiful gardens.
During our trip, we took the 8.19 am train and arrived at Assen Train Station at 10.32 am. That was my first time taking a long train ride in another country and the feeling, hard to explain.
A good way to arrive in Assen is by train. From, for example, Amsterdam there is a direct connection to Assen so it's easy to reach.
The centre of Assen is only a five minute walk from the railway station. Close to the railway station there is the bus station, so you can get around very easily.
MOTORCYCLE! Assen is THE place for motorcyclists from all over Europe to gather and take over the town for a weekend to coincide with the Dutch TT at the narby race-track!
Leave the car at home!
Best way is by train from Amsterdam by INTERCITY to Zwolle, from Zwolle to Emmen by the Sneltrein, trains between Zwolle and Emmen run every half hour on Monday-Saturday, ones an hour on Sundays.
Getting Around in Emmen is best on a BIKE
Rent your bike under the Emmen Trainstation
Tel +31 591 613731 for reservation and information.
Also on their site:
Many nice routes for traveling by bike are available.
Notice: Grootjans is closed on Sundays.
Rent a bike for 5.20 Euro a day or 21.00 Euro a week.
Also duo-bikes called tandems are available 14.60 Euro a day and 58.40 Euro a week.
Getting to Assen is quite simple as it is situated direct along the highway A28 that runs from Zwolle North to Groningen. Assen has three exits: South, North and centre.
By donkey, like the one I am riding on here? No just kidding. Go by car, train or bus.
Car, train, bus or bicycle.