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How to travel from Utrecht to Groningen by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Utrecht to Groningen? Look no further.

There are around 68 trains per day running between Utrecht and Groningen, which usually take 2 hours 38 minutes to complete the 99 miles (159 km) journey. It can take as little as 2 hours 29 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Groningen from Utrecht, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. Sit back, relax and let a Nederlanse Spoorwegen (NS) train take you to Groningen – as the main train operator in the Netherlands, all trains are modern and comfortable and most have free WiFi.

You can save money on train tickets from Utrecht to Groningen if you book in advance. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for timetables (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Utrecht to Groningen by train

First train


Last train


Departure station


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Journey time

From 2h 29m


99 miles (159 km)


68 trains per day


1 change

Train and bus operators


Utrecht to Groningen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Utrecht to Groningen for Tuesday 16th July 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:56 14:27 2h 31m, 1 change
12:12 14:41 2h 29m, 1 change
12:26 14:57 2h 31m, 1 change
12:42 15:11 2h 29m, 1 change
12:56 15:27 2h 31m, 1 change
13:12 15:41 2h 29m, 1 change
13:26 15:57 2h 31m, 1 change
13:42 16:11 2h 29m, 1 change
13:56 16:27 2h 31m, 1 change
14:12 16:41 2h 29m, 1 change

NS trains from Utrecht to Groningen

You can travel from Utrecht to Groningen on NS 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.

NS classes from Utrecht to Groningen

Compare the different travel classes offered by NS when travelling from Utrecht to Groningen.

Onboard services on NS

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Utrecht to Groningen.


There are no luggage weight limits on NS trains, so long as you can carry your bags by yourself.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

There is no onboard catering on NS trains.


The majority of NS Intercity trains have free WiFi on board. If your train has WiFi available, connect to the network 'Wifi in the train' to get online.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 4 travel free on NS trains. Children between 4 and 11 years old can get a 'Railrunner' ticket, which costs €2.50 a day, for unlimited travel.


Outside peak hours (from 9am to 4:30pm, and after 6pm), at the weekend, on bank holidays and during the summer months, you can take your bike on board NS trains. Bikes must be placed in the designated storage spaces, which you can find by looking for a bike symbol on the side of the carriage. Foldable bikes can be transported like normal luggage.


Small pets are allowed on board, provided that they travel on your lap or in a suitable travel carrier. Guide dogs are also allowed on board but must be recognisable as guide dogs for the blind or another type of assistance dog. Larger dogs can travel on NS trains, so long as they wear a muzzle and are kept on a lead - you must also buy a dog train ticket.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need help getting on or off the train, you can reserve NS Travel Assistance. This service is available 7 days a week. You need to specify the help you need on your online NS account and reserve assistance on the NS website, on the NS app or by phoning (+31) 30 235 78 22.

Cheap train tickets from Utrecht to Groningen

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 Utrecht to Groningen 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Utrecht to Groningen? 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 Utrecht to Groningen take?

The average journey time by train between Utrecht and Groningen is 2 hours and 38 minutes, with around 68 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 Utrecht and Groningen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Utrecht to Groningen is 2 hours and 29 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Utrecht to Groningen?

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

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

The first train from Utrecht to Groningen leaves at 00:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Utrecht to Groningen leaves at 23:56. 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 Utrecht and Groningen by train?

Trains travelling from Utrecht to Groningen cover a distance of around 99 miles (159 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Groningen to Utrecht.

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