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How to move through Groningen if you don’t own car?

It can be quite hard for new people in Groningen to find out the best way to travel around the city. Groningen is quite big and if you don’t have a car, it can be harsh to travel through the city. Here are a few tips to make traveling easy if you’re new in Groningen.

André Stadhouder
September 27, 2018

Using public transport
There are quite a few options when it comes to public transport. The bus is the most used one. If you have an OV-chipkaart, you can easily check in and out at every bus and travel around the city. The OV-chipkaart is a card that uses credit to pay for your trips. It can be easily topped-up at several places in Groningen, the main one being the central station. You can also top-up your card on the website.

This is one of the top-up machines for your OV-chipkaart in Groningen

You can pay using IDEAL and then you just have to go to a top-up point and you’re done. The website (https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/travel-on-credit/order-credit.htm) is easy accessible and can be set in English.

Which bus to take?
Once you’ve topped-up your OV-chipkaart you can check in and out in every bus. But how do you know which bus takes you where? Well, there is an easy and clear website for that as well! The website (www.9292.nl) is also accessible for people who only speak English. You just have to fill in where you are and where you want to go. The website gives you a couple of options on which bus you can take and when is departs. There is also an application for your mobile phone, which works exactly the same as the website. Just look in your application shop and search for 9292. The application can also be used in English.

Using something else than public transport?
If you don’t want to use public transport, there are a few other options to move around in Groningen. You can get a cab, but this can be very expensive when you need to travel a long distance. The most used form of transportation in The Netherlands and in Groningen is a bike. The Netherlands are famous for their bikes and you can get a bike almost everywhere. The most expensive way to get a bike is by buying one. There are several bike shops in Groningen, which sell first- and second-hand bikes.

Swapfiets is known for their blue wheels

You can also rent a bike, if you’re not staying for a longer period. Swapfiets is a very handy way to get a bike. You can rent a bike for only €12 euros a month. There is also a bike rental shop in the central station. Here you can use your OV-chipkaart to rent a bike. This is just for a couple of days, so if you’re staying for a short amount of time, this can be your best option!