Local Tips

Groningen is a vibrant city located in the northern province of the Netherlands with the same name. It is a university city that has the youngest population in the country. As the central hub for the Northern provinces, Groningen has something for everybody. The province of Groningen maintains a comprehensive website where you can find information about accommodation, dining, sightseeing, shopping, cultural and outdoor activities in Groningen and the area.

For your convenience, we list on this page several local tips that might come in handy during your stay in Groningen

Where to rent a bike

Netherlands in famous around the world as a country of tall men and women riding bicycles. And it is. And within the country, Groningen boasts with the highest density of bicyces in the country and the highest number of bike rides per capita. Most of the journeys in the city are done on a bike. The city itself was planned and constructed to be as bicycle friendly as possible, which explains how it got labeled "the bicycle capital of the world". You cannot come to Groningen and not hop on a bike. And you can easily rent one. The best way to rent a bike is to visit the OV-bicycle rental shop located right next to the central railway station. The rates are very affordable starting at 7.5 euros per day. You will need to leave a cash deposit before renting a bike. 

OV Bicycle Rental Shop
Stationweg 13
9726 AC Groningen
Tel: +31 50 31 24 174

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Shopping hours in Groningen

Keep in mind that just like in most places in Western Europe, stores in Groningen close daily at 6pm. The website of the Groningen Tourism Office lists all details about shopping hours in the city.

Useful telephone numbers

Here are some of important telephone numbers that you need to know when visit Groningen and travelling within the Netherlands

  • Emergency police, ambulence and fire: 112
  • Police number for non-emergency cases: 0900 8844
  • Lost property at Schiphol Airport: 0900 0141
  • General Questions Schiphol Airport: 0900 7244 7465
  • Lost and Found for the NS (Dutch Railway System): 0900 321 2100
  • Medical issues (UMCG Hospital, Groningen): +31 50 361 6161
  • Taxis in Groningen

    Here is a list of reliable taxi companies that service Groningen and the area.

  • Taxi BoB: +31 50 579 2077
  • Taxi Direct Groningen: +31 50 577 7703
  • Taxi Xitax: +31 50 850 7283
  • Tourist Information Office

    Tourist Information Offices in the Netherlands are marked with a VVV sign. Here is the contact information for the VVV in Groningen

    Tourist Information Office
    Grote Markt 29
    9712 HS Groningen
    Tel.: +31 (0) 50 313 9741
    Fax: +31 (0) 50 311 38 55