Public Transport in Groningen

How to get to Groningen from Amsterdam

NS Train

The train from Amsterdam to Groningen (NS)

How to plan public transport in Groningen

Although we don’t have the subway or trams, we do have a bus. And if you’re confident on a bike, that’s the way to get around in our town.

Taking the bus in Groningen

If you want to know how to get from the central station to another district, you should use the website It’s the go-to website for planning your trip. Luckily it’s in English!

How to pay for a bus ticket in Groningen

In Groningen and Drenthe (another province next to Groningen), you can buy a paper ticket on the bus. There are different types of tickets, which you can buy from the bus driver.

The bus driver can give you advice on which ticket you need. You can only pay with a credit or debit card in the following buses: Q-link 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 in Groningen, city bus 1, 2, 3, 4 and Q-link 12 in Emmen.

In all other buses, you can only pay by cash, preferably the exact amount. The bus driver does not accept 20, 50 and 100 euro banknotes or notes in larger denominations. More information on the official bus website.

Make sure you have a valid card with you because most of the time you can’t buy a ticket with cash-only on the bus.

Everything in Groningen isn’t too far. Meaning you can walk or rent a bike. If you want to do and see a lot or are looking to get a bit further like the outer districts, the public bus is your best bet.

Parking in Groningen

Arriving by car? Not a problem. Parking is free at our P+R (Park & Ride) spots. From there on, you can take the bus which costs you € 6.00 for a return P + R city center (maximum 5 people).

There are five P+R spots

  1. P+R Kardinge, Kardingerplein 1, 880 parking spots
  2. P+R Hoogkerk, Peizerweg, 9744 Groningen (navigate to: Hoogkerkerplein), 1000 parking spots
  3. P+R Haren/A28, Emmalaan 35, 900 parking spots
  4. P+R Reitdiep, Professor Uilkensweg, hoek Friesestraatweg, 300 parking spots
  5. P+R Meerstad, Driebondsweg, 400 parking spots

If you park your car in the Q-Park Museum parking garage, you will pay the most. About 19.50 euros for eight hours of parking. If you park at P+R Kardinge, Hoogkerk, Haren/A28, Reitdiep or Meerstad, it will cost you about 6 euros. You’ll have to pay for the bus as well, which is about 6 euro’s.


You can fly to Groningen, although there aren’t many destinations to fly from. If you need to get to the airport, there’s a fast connection to Groningen Airport Eelde, check out the Airport Bus schedule from Monday to Friday. And the airport bus schedule for weekends.