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There are 4 ways to get from Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen by train, bus, night train or car

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Train  •  2h 41m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Groningen Intercity

24€ - 55€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Groningen central station N1386

15€ - 19€

2 alternative options

Night train  •  3h

  1. Take the night train from Rotterdam Centraal to Groningen Intercity

24€ - 55€

Drive  •  2h 48m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen 245.8 km

30€ - 45€

Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen by walk and train

The journey time between Rotterdam Centraal Station and Groningen is around 2h 37m and covers a distance of around 247 km. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 37m. Services are operated by Dutch Railways (NS). Typically 119 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2h 37m
Fastest journey time:
2h 37m
Services per week:
119
Cheapest price:
24€
Carbon emissions:
13 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:05
Last service departs at:
23:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen walk and train schedules

Departing Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Rotterdam Centraal Station → Groningen
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Travel within Netherlands

Observe COVID-19 safety rules
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COVID-19 help in Netherlands

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 1351

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, travel within Netherlands is currently allowed.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Groningen is 1351.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Groningen is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Groningen is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1351.

Last updated: 9 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen is to bus which costs 15€ - 19€ and takes 3h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen is to train which costs 24€ - 55€ and takes 2h 41m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rotterdam Central Station station and arriving at Groningen central station station. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 3h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Groningen. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 37m.

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The distance between Rotterdam Centraal Station and Groningen is 202 km. The road distance is 245.8 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen without a car is to train which takes 2h 41m and costs 24€ - 55€.

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The train from Rotterdam Centraal to Groningen takes 2h 37m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rotterdam Central Station.

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Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen is to train which takes 2h 41m and costs 24€ - 55€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 15€ - 19€ and takes 3h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen.
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  • Distance: 202 km
  • Duration: 2h 41m

What companies run services between Rotterdam Centraal Station, Netherlands and Groningen, Netherlands?

Dutch Railways (NS) operates a train from Rotterdam Centraal to Groningen hourly. Tickets cost 24€ - 55€ and the journey takes 2h 37m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Groningen central station 5 times a week. Tickets cost 15€ - 19€ and the journey takes 3h 50m.

Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Groningen
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
24€ - 55€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
24€ - 35€
1st Class
35€ - 55€
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Groningen central station
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Groningen central station.

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Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), arrive at Groningen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen is 246 km. It takes approximately 2h 48m to drive from Rotterdam Centraal Station to Groningen.

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