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Travel to the Netherlands and on to Groningen

Via Groningen airport Eelde (GRQ)

Groningen airport Eelde (GRQ) is the closest airport to Groningen.


From GRQ to Groningen station

  • By bus: you can take bus 100 which stops at the entrance of the airport. It takes ~40 minutes to get to Groningen train station. Tickets (~€3,50) are available in the bus.
  • By taxi: It takes 15 minutes by taxi to get to Groningen train station.


Via Schiphol airport (AMS)

Schiphol airport (AMS) is the airport in the vicinity of Amsterdam, from which you can reach Groningen by train (~2 hours).


The train station at Schiphol airport is located in the same building as the airport. After exiting customs, follow signs to the trains and you will arrive in the station hall. There is a machine for buying train tickets in the baggage-collection area and at the station area. A ticket will cost around €26 (single way, 2nd class).

There are two trains you can take from Schiphol airport to Groningen (both take 2 hours and 9 minutes):

  1. at hh:04 – this is a direct train from Schiphol airport to Groningen;
  2. at hh:34 – you will need to change in Zwolle (after about 70 minutes), but the change is easy as you only need to go to the other side of the platform. Unless there are unforeseen delays, the train to Groningen will be waiting there already. You will see many people going straight across the platform to make this change!



How to get to the MartiniPlaza


Leonard Springerlaan 2
9727 KB Groningen
050 5222 777

MartiniPlaza GoogleMaps


There will be a guarded cloakroom during the conference.


From Groningen train station:

  • on foot: walking from Groningen train station to the MartiniPlaza takes 15 minutes.
  • by bus: you can take bus 10 from the station (in the direction of Hoornsemeer). This takes 10 minutes.

By car:

Parking availabilitiy is opposite the main entrance.

  • Price per hour: € 2,10 (pay per minute)
  • Per day: € 12,00



The LOC has made block bookings at four hotels within walking distance of the meeting venue. You can choose if you would like to make use of this service but are not obliged to. Please note the deadlines to book. You can contact the hotels directly if you have questions.


Mercure Hotel Groningen Martiniplaza (0,5 km)

Address: Expositielaan 7, 9727 KA Groningen

Please use the Mercure hotel booking tool.


Apollo Hotel Groningen (0,5 km)

Address: Laan van de Vrijheid 91, 9728 GA Groningen

Please use the Apollo hotel booking tool.



Best Western Plus Hotel Groningen Plaza (3,0 km)

Address: Laan Corpus den Hoorn 300, 9728 JT Groningen

Please fill out the form to book a room at BWP.



Best Western Hotel Groningen Centre (3,0 km)

Address: Radesingel 50, 9711 EK Groningen

Please fill out the form to book a room at BWC.





The organizers cannot accept liability for personal accident, loss, or damage to private property, which may be incurred as a result of the participation the symposium The new era of multi-messenger of astrophysics of ASTERICS. Participants are, therefore, advised to arrange appropriate insurance cover. This should extend not only to travel but also to cancellation costs.



Useful websites and links

For up-to-date travel information for Dutch trains, see
For up-to-date travel information on buses see


Some options for taxis:

Budget Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 750 1881
Taxi Noord Groningen: +31 (0)50 549 4940 (possible to pay be debit/credit card in taxi)
Taxi Groningen 24/7: +31 (0)50 541 8452 (possible to pay by debit/credit card in taxi)



Activities in Groningen

There are a lot of activities in and around Groningen city centre.

Please visit: for more information.



Visas for the Netherlands

All travellers other than Schengen area citizens need to visit the official webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs official webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to check if a valid visa is needed to enter the Netherlands. For some nationalities, processing and issuance of visas can take several weeks/months, so apply well before your planned travel.


Should you need invitation for your visa application, please select contact

Visa letters will only be issued to: