Festival area the Noorderplantsoen

On foot/by bicycle  Coming from the Central Station, you cross the canal via the pedestrian bridge at the Groninger Museum and go toward the city centre. Having arrived at the Vismarkt (one of the central squares of Groningen) you continue straight on, through the Stoeldraaierstraat and the Oude and Nieuwe (old and new) Kijk in ’t Jatstraat to the Noorderplantsoen park. The walk takes about 20 minutes, by bicycle it takes you about 10 minutes. Cyclist can place their bikes in one of the many bike parks at the festival grounds. At the central station - and some other places in the city - you can rent bicycles. Click here for more details on rental.

By public transport  Groningen is easily reached by train and almost all locations of Noorderzon are easily reached by public transport or by foot from the Central Station. For more information about public traveling, please visit The Publicexpress coaches ride 8 times a day from Bremen via Oldenburg to Groningen.

Noorderzon bus – Line 1
Thanks to Q-link, there will be a special Noorderzon bus line crossing town. Line 1 will run every 15 minutes during Noorderzon, up until shortly before midnight, from the main train and bus station in Groningen via the Grote Markt to the Noorderplantsoen festival location, returning by the same route. For exact times, click here.

To the Noorderplantsoen: Line 1 from main train and bus station in ‘Reitdiephaven/Station Noord’ direction. Get off at the Noorderzon stop.

From the Noorderplantsoen: Line 1 from the Noorderplantsoen in the direction main train station. Get on at the temporary Noorderzon stop.

The main train and bus station in Groningen (a.k.a. Hoofdstation Groningen) is easily accessible by train and bus. The Q-link lines run from everywhere in the region into Groningen city centre. The Q-link lines also stop at all the P+R locations surrounding the city of Groningen. Parking there and taking the bus into town is an excellent alternative to driving into the busy city center. 

By car   Because driving in Groningen is particularly complicated, we advise you to consult an up-to-date route planner in advance. The car park nearest to the Noorderzon festival park is ‘Parkeergarage Boterdiep’ or 'Parking Circus'. For more information about there car parks, click here.  

Groningen also has an excellent shuttle service (the Citybus) from the big parking lots in and around the city to downtown. Click here for more information about parking and the P+R sites. (Dutch only)


DownTown locations

Most of the DownTown locations are easily accessible by foot or by bike from Central Station and as well from the Noorderplantsoen park. At the page Locations you can find the walking distances from the Noorderplantsoen to DownTown locations. When you choose from our programme, please keep in mind that it might take some time to reach a location.