17th International conference on
Applications of Natural Language Processing
to Information Systems

Groningen, The Netherlands

Important Dates

January 31, 2012Deadline for paper submission
March 15, 2012Notifications
March 31, 2012Final versions due
June 26-28, 2012Conference

Related Events

June 29, 2012Workshop on Quantitative Linguistics and Dialectology
 (invited speaker: Mark Liberman )

NLDB 2012 / Venue

The NLDB2012 Conference will take place at Het Kasteel.

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Travel information

Travelling from Schiphol Airport to Groningen

If you arrive in the Netherlands at Schiphol, the Amsterdam International airport, the easiest way to travel to Groningen is to take the train. The underground train station is located near Schiphol Plaza, within several minutes walking distance from the luggage claim areas. The Dutch railway system is run by Nederlandse Spoorwegen and known as NS. You will recognize it by its yellow and blue colors. Just follow the yellow illuminated signs that direct you To the trains.

Train Tickets

It is important that you purchase a train ticket to Groningen before you board the train. Passengers travelling without a valid ticket will be fined. You can buy either a first-class ticket or a second-class ticket. There are two ways of purchasing a ticket: at the ticket office where you can purchase a ticket from a railway officer in person, and from the yellow and blue ticket-vending machines that you will find in the luggage claim hall and by every entrance to the train terminal. You can purchase tickets from the machines only by using your credit card or a debit card with the Maestro logo.

Train schedules

Information on travelling by train can be accessed at the NS website. A train goes from Schiphol Airport to Groningen twice an hour: one provides a direct connection, the second one is first heading to the city of Enschede, and requires a simple change of trains in Amersfoort, to the train to Groningen. In both cases, make sure that you board one of the carriages marked with the destination Groningen as the other part of the train may travel to Leeuwarden (which is ~70 km away to the west). The journey from Schiphol Airport takes approximately 2.5 hours. The trains are quite comfortable and most of them feature free wireless Internet. However, there is no form of refreshment service on the train so be sure to purchase your snack at Schiphol.

Travelling from Bremen Airport (Germany) to Groningen

Bremen airport might be convenient for cheap intra-European flights because it hosts the discounter Ryanair and also offers low airport taxes.

By bus

There is a direct bus connection from the Bremen airport to Groningen. The bus stop is situated close to the entrance/exit of the Ryanair terminal of the Bremen airport. The bus schedule can be found here; the bus fare is around € 19,-. It takes about 3 hours to reach the Groningen Central Station (CS).

By train

Another possibility is an indirect train connection. For this, you have first to go to the Bremen CS (Hauptbanhhoff) by tram No. 6 (the tram schedule is here). Then you take a train to Groningen (do not mix with Gröningen, Germany!) with a step over in Leer, Germany. The journey from Bremen HB takes about 2.5 hours. More detailed information on the train connection can be found here or here.

Traveling to Groningen by car

Please note that car traffic in the city center is restricted, and street parking is very limited. Also, be aware of the numerous cyclists that may not exactly follow the traffic regulations.
There are ten parking garages located near the centre. More information on car parking in Groningen, including the street parking regulations, can be found here.

Taxi's in Groningen

Groningen has various taxi companies, here's a small selection of them.
Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 541 8452
Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 549 4940
Taxi VTG: +31 (0)50 535 0088

Information about visa can be found here (from the Dutch immigration and naturalisation service).