How to travel cheap

As you all know, the cost of transport in the Netherlands is pretty high. But, if you want to travel without spending a fortune, that is not impossible. There are now many websites that offer discounts and packages for resonable prices.

If you want to travel throughout The Netherlands from Groningen or anywhere in Europe, here are some websites you should take into consideration.

Search websites

These websites offer you all the possible transport options for every route.  Also, they will compare fares and times and show you the most reasonable alternatives for your trip.


Is a website that offers train, bus, plane, taxi, ferry, driving and walking routes. It has an extensive, purpose buit, unique repository of train, bus and ferry routes. At the moment, they have the biggest online repository of surface transport routes.

This website searches any city, town, landmark, adress or attraction across the globe and offers you multiple routes to easily get from one point on the map  to another.

In addition to transport routes, they also offer you the possibility to look for accomodation or a rental car.


Offers bus,  train and plane routes for any European destination. They include all transportation options, even the transit to and from airports in your search. Your search resunlts will be analyzed and the website will automatically compare the fares and rates and show you the best options.

They also offer the possibility to rent a car and to find accomodation through Airbnb.


As the name states, this website will offer you the possibility to search only for busses. It will check and compare numerous bus offers and offer you the best deals.


Travelling  by bus:


Offers cheap bus tickets through Europe for prices starting from 5 euros.  They state that they can offer a stress-free trip thanks to: real-time bus stop information, up-to-date and current bus schedules, helpful staff and friendly on-site bus drivers. Also, all of their busses are equipped with Wi-Fi and plug sockets which is a + especially if you have to travel for a long time.


A company that offers tickets starting from 1 euro.


German website ( with an English version- yay :) ).  Tickets are available from 6 Euro per trip and they have over 120 destinations in Europe.


Their network covers 29 countries, 23 are directly accesible from The Netherlands.  They also have lots of discounts and passes and prices starting from 14 euros.


Travelling  by train:


The official railway website offers you the best options and offers for train travelling. They also have an english version, but that one does not show all the offers found on the Dutch website. So, if you want to be informed, the best option is to visit the official .nl website.


Offers informations about all the active discounts for train tickets and the places where you can buy them.

Spoordeel winkel

Here you can find offers for one-day trips by train or overnight deals that include transport by train and hotel accomodation. Also, the same day retun tickets usually include a discount card for one of the restaurants or for an activity in the destination city.

You can also find deals for train tickets in stores like : HEMA, Kruidvat,  Albert Heijn, ETOS, Bakker Bart, Blokker or Dane. Also, some of these stores can offer you deals for a full vacation or tickets for different activities.

It might be useful to look also for Facebook grups and pages.  NS Group-tickets Groningen (2016) and NS Group-tickets NL are two options where you can find informations in English. You can also read more about these groups here.


Transport and activities

Actievandedag and Spoordeel winkel are just two websites where you can find cheap offers for transport, activities and even vacations. Unfortunately they are only in Dutch.


Travelling by plane

Groningen Airport Elde

For more informations about the local airport so you can check our special post here.

Bremen Airport ( easily reachable by FlixBus and PostBus)

Eindhoven Airport ( ~3-4 hours by train/bus)

Amsterdam Airport Schipol  (not the cheapest option but you can still find some good deals)

If you are looking for flights one of the  best websites for that is  Here you can find some of the best deals and also connection flights for any destination you might choose. Also, don’t hesitate to visit the websites of the low-cost companies. Ryanair, Wizz Air, BlueAir, EasyJet and Transavia are just some examples of companies with very low prices.


Travel information websites

On these websites you can find informations about your journey in real time. You will see the exact details of your trip such as departure times and track number. Also you will receive alerts for  unexpected traffic jams or delays in public transport . Best options are: Go About and 9292. Also, some of the official websites of the transport companies offer real-time updated travel informations.



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