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Take the train from Groningen to Maastricht in 4 hours 12 minutes

If you want to travel from Groningen to Maastricht by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Groningen to Maastricht by train to take around 5 hours 10 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 4 hours 12 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 39 trains per day running on this route, which spans 269 km. You'll have to make 1 change along the way on your journey to Maastricht. Both Thalys and NS trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Groningen to Maastricht start from $66.35 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Groningen to Maastricht by train

It takes an average of 5h 10m to travel from Groningen to Maastricht by train, over a distance of around 167 miles (269 km). There are normally 39 trains per day traveling from Groningen to Maastricht and tickets for this journey start from $66.35 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

4h 12m


269 miles (167 km)


39 trains per day


1 change


From $66.35

Train and bus operators

Flixbus, Thalys, NS

Groningen to Maastricht train times

Check out the next trains departing from Groningen to Maastricht for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:18 15:30 4h 12m, 1 change
11:48 16:00 4h 12m, 2 changes
12:18 16:30 4h 12m, 1 change
12:48 17:00 4h 12m, 2 changes
13:18 17:30 4h 12m, 1 change
13:48 18:00 4h 12m, 2 changes
14:18 18:30 4h 12m, 1 change
14:48 19:00 4h 12m, 2 changes
15:18 19:30 4h 12m, 1 change
15:48 20:00 4h 12m, 2 changes

NS and Thalys trains from Groningen to Maastricht

You can travel from Groningen to Maastricht on NS and Thalys trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

Cheap train tickets from Groningen to Maastricht

The price of train tickets from Groningen to Maastricht starts at $66.35 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Groningen to Maastricht by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Groningen to Maastricht

Want to know more about your journey from Groningen to Maastricht? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Groningen to Maastricht take?

The average journey time by train between Groningen and Maastricht is 5 hours and 10 minutes, with around 39 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Groningen and Maastricht by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Groningen to Maastricht is 4 hours and 12 minutes.

How much does the train from Groningen to Maastricht cost?

Train tickets from Groningen to Maastricht can start from as little as $66.35 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Groningen to Maastricht?

No, there are no direct train services from Groningen to Maastricht. Travelling from Groningen to Maastricht by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Groningen to Maastricht leave?

The first train from Groningen to Maastricht leaves at 05:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Groningen to Maastricht leave?

The last train from Groningen to Maastricht leaves at 23:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Groningen and Maastricht by train?

Trains travelling from Groningen to Maastricht cover a distance of around 167 miles (269 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Maastricht to Groningen.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Groningen to Maastricht for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/10/2022 for travel on 11/10/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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