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How to get there
Nothing But the Truth takes place at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). Registration on the days of the conference will take place in the Fonteinpatio of the UMCG. All plenary talks will be held in the Blauwe zaal (accessible via the Fonteinpatio). Workshop locations vary, but are accessible via the Blauwe zaal. You can find out more about all locations in the Programme.

Travel by train

Train Tickets
You will have to purchase a single-use chip card (this is your train ticket) to Groningen at the ticket counteror at the yellow and blue ticket-vending machines that you will find in the luggage claim hall and by every entrance to the train terminal. You can purchase tickets from the machines only by using your Credit Card or a Debit Card with the Maestro logo. The vending machines do not take Credit Cards or American Debit Cards.

If you use a single-use chip card or OV-chipkaart please make sure you check in and out; hold your OV-chipkaart up against the NS card reader in one of the gates or free-standing posts.
Public Transport Chip Card

It is also possible to purchase an OV-chip card, which you can use for all public transport in the Netherlands. You can order this OV-chip card via: and pick up at the Service Point at Schiphol Airport. This OV-chip card can be charged and used until the amount is exhausted. Any remaining amount can be returned to you at the Service Point on Schiphol.


You can also buy your ticket online and simply print it yourself. This allows you to take care of everything whenever and wherever it suits you. All you have to do is complete the journey details, pay for the order, download and print your e-ticket. This means that you can board the train straight away!
Train schedules
Information on travelling by train is available on the NS website.
The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately two hours and Groningen is the last stop. The trains are quite comfortable and (most trains) feature free wireless Internet in all classes and 220V AC outlets in first class. Food and drinks are not sold on the trains, please make sure that you purchase these beforehand at the airport.

From the central station to the symposium location

Once you arrive at the Central Station Groningen (Hoofdstation), there is an easy public transport connection to the symposium location with multiple possible bus lines located right outside the train station. The conference bus stop is called UMCG Noord.

Travel by car

Traveling to Groningen by car
Please note that car traffic in the city center is restricted and street parking is very limited. Also be aware of the numerous cyclists that may not exactly follow the traffic regulations. Since there is limited number of parking spaces available, the most convenient way is to park at on of several Park&Rides and take the bus to the UMCG.  The address is Antonius Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV.

     - P&R Meerstad: Bus 5 (Hoofdstation via UMCG - Centrum)

to UMCG Hoofdingang, then walk 11 minutes 

     - P&R Haren: Bus 5 (Harkstede via HS-UMCG)

to UMCG Hoofdingang, then walk 11 minutes 

     - P&R Euroborg: Bus 2, 171, 178 (Hoofdstation via UMCG)

to UMCG  Hoofdingang, then walk 11 minutes 


Otherwise there are more expensive parking garages at UMCG south entrance and UMCG north entrace.
Groningen bereikbaar
Read here about our work in progress and key traffic projects and discover smart travel alternatives.
Taxis in Groningen
Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 - 549 7676,
Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 - 549 4940,
Schiphol taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 - 850 7519,

Planning your journey in The Netherlands

You might find the website very useful for planning your journey in the Netherlands. The planner combines all available public transportation - trains, buses, trams, metro, and boats - to provide an optimal route. It also informs you real-time about the current delays and disruptions in public transportation.

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