As the festive season approaches, the excitement of finding the perfect gifts for loved ones fills the air. Groningen, renowned for its charming shopping streets and quaint boutiques, becomes a bustling hub for enthusiastic shoppers. However, navigating the city amid ongoing roadworks demands a little extra planning this year. Groningen Bereikbaar offers valuable advice to ensure a smooth and enjoyable shopping spree in the city center.
Insights from store owners and mobility experts
In an informative video, Lieve ten Duis and Hannah Crol share their insights on navigating Groningen’s shopping scene during the holiday season. They provide practical tips on reaching the city center via bus, bicycle, train, or car, offering a comprehensive overview of transportation options.
Plan your visit strategically
Groningen Bereikbaar has compiled a list of handy tips to assist you in planning your visit:
- Take advantage of the special bus travel offer: For just €12.50, two people can travel throughout Groningen and Drenthe by bus on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays using an ‘action card.’
- Utilize P+R facilities: Park your car at a designated P+R (Park and Ride) location and continue your journey by bus. With a P+R ticket, you can travel to the city center and back with five people for only €6.00. Discover more about P+R options here.
- Embrace cycling: If you reside in an area with a cycle route, consider cycling to the city center. It’s an eco-friendly and healthy way to travel, especially during the bustling holiday season.
- Explore the train option: Even if you don’t live near a train station, consider parking your car at a station (often free of charge) and taking the train to Groningen station. The journey is quick and convenient, and you can easily walk to the city center from the station.
- Plan your car journey: If you’re still opting for car travel, check the latest traffic updates and plan your route accordingly. This will help you avoid congestion and ensure a smooth journey.
Enjoy a memorable shopping experience
Groningen boasts an array of shops, cafes, and restaurants catering to diverse tastes and budgets. Whether you seek toys, books, clothing, jewelry, or delectable delights like chocolate and cheese, Groningen has it all. Before setting out, remember to verify the store hours. Happy shopping!