Car Hire in Groningen
Known for its university and charming city centre, the Netherlands city of Groningen is perfect for sightseeing by car. Pick up a car rental in Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ) or arrange a hire car in Groningen city centre.
Car Hire at Groningen Airport
Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ) is the international airport closest to the city. Sixt, Avis, Europcar, and Hertz all offer car hire in Groningen Airport. Some of these companies provide airport “meet and greet” services. This means you’ll be taken to a different location to pick up your car rental in Groningen. Driving from the airport to Groningen’s city centre is straightforward. Simply access the A28 highway and you’ll reach the city in less than 15 minutes.
Driving in Groningen
You can drive in the Netherlands with most valid driver’s licences. Keep in mind that bicycles and mopeds have the right of way. At roundabouts, be sure to watch for diamond-shaped signs with yellow diamond centres. These signs mean you have the right of way over other traffic. A white inverted triangle sign outlined in red advises you to yield right of way.
Make the most of having a hire car in Groningen by visiting the wide range of visitor attractions. The city’s central network of canals, Grote Markt, the university and Martini Tower should top every itinerary. If you want to view modern architecture, visit Groningen’s “Monkey Cliff” building and Groninger Museum.
Parking in Groningen
For a short stop in the city centre you can sometimes park your hired car on Groningen central streets. The cost for on-street parking is £2.65 per hour, and you’re usually limited to an hour. If you’re staying in the city centre for more than an hour, use one of the 12 underground parking sites. You’ll find these underground sites by following the blue “P” signs. If you prefer to avoid city centre streets altogether, park in local Park&Ride car parks. They offer free parking, and city buses pick up drivers and passengers there every 10 minutes. These buses take you directly to the city centre.
Where to Go and What to See in Groningen
Exploring the city and the surrounding area with your hire car from Groningen is a delight. You’ll find numerous scenic and historic windmills north of the city in the Hoogeland. Many charming villages populate the Hoogeland, including some authentic terps, which are mounded villages.
An hour’s drive to the west takes you to historic Leeuwarden. There, you can explore ancient ceramics, climb an old tower and shop to your heart’s content. You can also walk in the footsteps of Charlemagne’s soldiers if you drive an hour south to Zwolle. This ancient city is full of archeological sites and artefacts.