The most beneficial way to make calls to other cities and countries is to use special telephones that can be found on every street of the city. You will need to use special plastic cards to pay for your calls. As a rule, these cards can be conveniently purchased at any newsstand. Sometimes you can see machines that accept payments by coins.
The majority of shops and trading centers open at 9:00 and work until 18:00. Saturday is usually a short working day, so small shops can close at 16:00. As a rule, only large supermarkets and shopping malls work on Sunday.
Bicycle is the most common type of transportation in Groningen. Such a number of cyclists can hardly be seen in any other city of the country. Virtually the entire central part of the city is dedicated to bikes. There are also special bike lanes near all main transport routes.
Travelers, who expect to rent a car, will need a driving license of the international class, as well as a credit card for deposit purpose. Motorists should take into account that some streets in the center of the city may be closed for vehicles.
Banks and other governmental agencies work on week days from 9:00 to 16:00. Currency is better to be exchanged in special «GWK» offices, which can be found near the railway station. Exchange offices work seven days a week, Sunday is considered a short working day.