Travel to Maastricht

How you get to Maastricht depends, of course, on the location of your departure. Here you can find some valuable hints and links that should facilitate your travel to Maastricht.  If you have any suggestions, remarks or further questions, do not hesitate to send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Schiphol Airport

If you arrive at Amsterdam airport, the easiest way to get to Maastricht is to take the train. Schiphol train station is situated directly below the airport. You can pick up a free baggage trolley from the platform. Via Schiphol Plaza you can walk straight to the departure or arrival hall. Train tickets are available from the yellow ticket machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza or from the ticket offices, which are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza. Trains depart for Maastricht twice an hour.

Buy a one way ticket ("enkele reis") to Maastricht Central Station. Intercity trains are faster than local trains ("stoptrein" or "sprinter"). When in doubt, you can always ask someone at the ticket office. You will soon notice that almost everyone in the Netherlands speaks English fairly well. For journey advice and time tables you can also check:
http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home

 

Brussels Airport
If you are arriving at Brussels airport you can choose between an airport pickup service, a shared airport shuttle or travelling by train.

  • Airport pick up service Brussels. A one way pick up from Brussels Airport (‘Zaventem’) costs about € 85 (euro) for one car. Depending on how many people fit in the car/van you can split the costs. Make sure to tell them how much luggage you have as well as with how many people you travel. You can pay cash or with Visa. http://www.allairport.be
  • Shared airport shuttle. The company Brull offers a shared airport shuttle for €36 (euro) per person. This means that they might have to drop off people at different addresses once you arrive in Maastricht. The good thing is that you can pay with cash or credit card upon departure and that this option is also open if you travel by yourself. They give a 25% discount for the 3rd person in the group, so you can split the costs and all pay less than €36 euro if you travel with more people. Make sure you tell them how much luggage you have. A reservation form for the shuttle and the general conditions can be downloaded here:
  • The cheapest option is to take a train to Maastricht. There is a train station in the basement of Brussels airport; level -1, just follow the signs. You can buy a ticket to Maastricht there and you can ask for a printed itinerary. Be aware of the fact you have to change trains at least two times. For more information, look at the website of the Belgian Railways: http://www.belgianrail.be/en

London / Paris

In order to come from London you take Eurostar to Brussels (followed by a train to Liege and to Maastricht) and from Paris the Thalys trains to Liege (followed by a train to Maastricht).

Local Transportation

Getting around Maastricht and the Netherlands is easy. Cycling is the preferred mode of transport in the city. Maastricht has few parking spaces, which are also expensive. We strongly advice you not to come by car. The cheapest and fastest way to move in Maastricht is cycling and walking. The shop below rents out various types of bicycles and provides repair services and storage space.

Bicycle shop ‘Aon de Stasie’ (located next to the central station)
Open from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight, on Saturday and Sunday to 1 a.m.
Rental rates start at € 10 per day, including insurance. A deposit of €50.00 per bicycle (€100.00 for hybrids) is always required as well as a valid ID such as a passport or driving licence. Conditions are subject to change without notice. Supervised bicycle storage also available.
Address:
Stationsplein 26, 6221 BT, Maastricht T +31 (0)43 321 11 00
Internet: http://www.aondestasie.nl/verhuur/fietsverhuur.asp

General bicycle laws
Please note that the laws for cyclists in the Netherlands are quite strict. Although there are many bicycle facilities such as bicycle lanes on the streets and bicycle parkings, you are advised to pay attention to the road signs etc. One-way streets that are nevertheless accessible for bicycles are clearly labelled as such; deciding to drive into one-way streets in the wrong direction can result in a heavy fine. Also, make sure that when buying a second hand bicycle the brakes and more importantly the lights actually WORK. The police do regular check-up rounds on the inner city streets in particular and they will pay no attention to the fact that you are a foreign exchange student and therefore not familiar with Dutch laws.
Inner City Regulations
There is a prohibition for bicycles and scooters to be placed randomly within the pedestrian area of the inner city. Bicycles and scooters must be stored in the respective bicycle racks. If you do not do so, your bicycle will be removed.
Walking

Many places in Maastricht are within walking distance

Buses

Information public transportation
0900-9292 (€ 0,70 each minute).
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www.veolia-transport.nl/limburg

At the train station you can take bus numbers 3, 4, 9 and 12 (at night time or very early in the morning take bus numbers 21, 28, 29 and 32).

You can tell the bus driver that you need to get off the bus at bus stop "Tongersestraat"; he will warn you at the appropriate time. The bus stop is across the street from the main entrance to the School.

Taxi

•    Taxi Frenske; Phone +31 43 3636362
•    Taxi Service Maastricht; Phone +31 43 2606666


IRSCL 2013 Conference Venue
•    Tongersestraat 53
•    6211 LM Maastricht

 

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