Address: Helperzoom 3b, 9722 BD Groningen.
The easiest way to get to the venue from the central station is to take any regional trains that stop at the Groningen Europapark station and walk for about 6 minutes (according to Google maps), which is around 450 meters. An alternative is to take bus number 51, get off at the Weg der Ver. Naties stop and walk about 8 minutes (650 meters).
–> Please note that we will be in the smaller building not the very tall/large “DUO” building. More info about the venue: https://www.paviljoensterrebos.nl/ (in Dutch but Google Translate works very well in case you want to check the venue)
Are you coming by car?
The venue has a limited number of free parking spots (maximum 14 spots!) but there is a nearby very large building belonging to DUO among others which has more spaces. For the latter, please contact us with the names and license plates of the guests no later than 48 hours prior to the conference.
Travel to Groningen
Travel by air
Groningen Airport Eelde
Groningen is easily reached from Groningen Airport Eelde. It is possible to reach the airport by using bus 9 (Groningen - Eelde). Passengers from Assen can take bus 50 (Assen – Groningen) changing at De Punt onto bus 9. Further information and a list of all destinations can be found here.
Travelling from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) to Groningen
When you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, Amsterdam international airport, easiest way to travel Groningen is by train. Underground train station beneath the airport is within walking distance of luggage claim areas. Dutch railway system is called Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), you will recognize it its yellow and blue colors. Just follow illuminated signs that direct ‘to trains’.
Travel by train
You will have to purchase a single-use chip card (this is your train ticket) to Groningen at the ticket counteror at 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. The vending machines do not take Credit Cards or American Debit Cards.
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.
Information on traveling by train is available on the NS website. The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately two hours 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, please make sure that you purchase these beforehand at the airport.
Travel by car
Please note that car traffic in the city center is restricted and street parking is very limited. Also be aware of the numerous cyclists that may not exactly follow the traffic regulations. There are multiple parking garages located near the center. More information on car parking in Groningen, including the street parking regulations, can be found here.
Read here about the work in progress in Groningen and key traffic projects and discover smart travel alternatives.
Planning your journey in the Netherlands
You might find the website www.9292.nl very 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.
Public Transport Chip Card
It is also possible to purchase an OV-chip card, which you can use for all public transport in the Netherlands. You can order this OV-chip card via: www.public-transport-holland.com and pick up at the Service Point at Schiphol Airport. This OV-chip card can be charged and used until the amount is exhausted. Any remaining amount can be returned to you at the Service Point on Schiphol.
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