Sadly this was a very poor experience. There was no form of refreshment service on the train; the journey was some 2.5 hours from Schipol to Groningen.
The up side was that first class seats were sold for the same as second class - sadly they did not appear to be any different, and the compartment I was in did not have it's heating working.
Punctual service at least.
Bus link to Groningen from Oldenburg and Bremen
A Publicexpress bus service runs daily from Oldenburg or Bremen to Groningen and back. I would recommend checking timetables before travel to ensure you return the same day if you wish to. I did not travel by bus but I know people who did and they encountered no problems and found it cheaper than the train. Discounts may apply for university students with valid student and national ID.
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Up to October 1st roadworks are taking place on the A28, the road to and from the city of Groningen (Groningen - Assen and vice versa).
One better be prepared for it for on almost any hour of the day one will be delayed.
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The way I used to get around in Groningen is by bicylce. And as you can see.... I am not the only one!!! Everywhere in the city you see people on bicycles, parking places for bikes, or bikes just put where ever they like. This is a picture of the "bicycle parking garage" at the central train station.
The center of the city is quite compact (1 or 2 sq. km)
Everything is within walking distance, and you get to spot more hidden secrets that way.
It's by walking around that the same-sex and red light district locations were pointed out to me (not that I ever seemed to see anything interesting so far)
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Take the bus! Or just walk :-)
The bus is a good way to get around in the city. I am not so sure if it is the best way to get into the city, as they don't tend to go that often during the evening and weekends. I would prefer taking the train to go to Groningen.
All the busses depart from the central station and most of them have a stop on the "Grote Markt" and "Zuiderdiep" which both are in downtown Groningen.
But you don't need to take a bus to go from the Central Station to downtown. It is is an easy walk to the city center from here. When you get out of the train station, walk to the right along the canal and cross the bridge (alternatively take the first small bridge at the Groninger Museum). Go straight ahead and you are in the city center in a few minutes.
Don't drive at night
Arriving after dark, we weren’t sure we were going to find a hotel. We must have done the square with those 2 big roundabouts a dozen times. In and out of the city centre, passing the train station again and again.
When you enter the centre, it seems like you can’t drive anywhere, or so if you don’t quite understand the signs, so you follow the route and ends up leading right back out of town LOL. Until eventually we started following other cars that seemed to go where we thought we were not allowed and landed right in front of the Best Western Cityhotel. There we stayed for the night.
Now looking at this map looks like hotels surrounded us. Hehhehee serves us right for arriving at night.
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It is very far to Groningen
To people from the densly populated west of our country Groningen is very very far away.
It is at the top of our country, but in a corner people normally don?t come. In real it is not that far, just over 2 hours fom the Randstad.
But if you want to relax while getting there the train is your best option. The trainstation is in walking distance of citycentre.
Trainscedules can be found at: http://www.ns.nl
Horse drawn carriage
While walking over the Grote Markt we suddenly saw this nice carriage. Has to be great to get aound Groningen like this. I think you'll b able to get more information at the Tourist Information desk (VVV).
The train brings you conveniently right into the city of Groningen. Only about a ten minutes walk to the Martini Tower. The train station building is awesome too. It looks marvelous!
Check the NS website for train times.
Take the train to the north
A very good way to travel to Groningen is by train. When you are in Amsterdam, The Hague or Rotterdam it is very easy to come in Groningen. Just take the train there and you don't have to change into another train.
Of course you can also com by plane but then you arrive at Airport Groningen (in a small town called Eelde) and then you have to take a bus or taxi to go to Groningen. It is not far but very inconvenient. By car is also a possibility but it can be difficult to park your car in the city Groningen.
When you have decided to stay in Groningen you can get around and visit the smaller places in this province. When you want to do this the best thing you can do is rent a car. If these places are very close to Groningen you can consider to rent a bike.
Of course it is also possible to take the bus but I won't advise you to do this because they don't go frequently.
By train or car.
By bus, car, taxi, on bike or on foot. From the north east of Groningen (from the hostel at Boeg 28) take bus number 3. It takes you into the centre of town and to the trainstation. On the picture: The girls (from left to right Wendy, Cecilia, Isabel, Red Sandra and Nicolien)waiting for bus number 3 at the busstop.
On our way back home we have...
On our way back home we have the luck that is kind of signs are on the road. The blue ones tell you where to go and how far away you are from the destination you are.
If you go to Groningen like we did, you travel to half of the Netherlands. You see places you never heard of and see things you have never seen before.
But you also come across some...
But you also come across some other signs telling you where to find citchens, restaurants, hotels or things to do. This signs are more colourfull and have the name from the item on it.
If you know where you wanna go or what you wanna see, its very handy to follow this signs. You also find a sign for a parcing spot very close by.
Make sure you bring something...
Make sure you bring something to eat or drink with you when you have to drive that long. Of course there is plenty of locations where you can have a coffee. But when its hot (like the day we went) you like something to drink all the time.
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