Transport Basics

Do not be freaked out by transport in the Netherlands; it is actually really easy to find your way around. Internationally, there are a number of airports that are well connected by train to Maastricht. These include Schiphol (Amsterdam airport), Eindhoven, Brussels, Maastricht-Aachen and Cologne. For shorter journeys you can use buses and trains.

A bike  is handy for travelling within Maastricht. Thanks to Maastricht’s small size you can get across most of the city in under half an hour and parking your bike is almost always free of charge. Our bikes page has all the information you need about buying a bike, repairs and road safety. Some of you may have cars, which can come in handy for travelling. You should bear in mind, however, that it is very difficult to get around the city center by car, so a bike is probably a better option for everyday life.

planning your journey

For international travel, a good place to start might be, a price comparison website which tracks various means of transport to find the cheapest and fastest means of travel. is also an innovative website which gives a midway meeting point between two different locations.

Within the Netherlands, is the best journey planner for public transport. You fill in where you need to go and they will tell you how to get there the quickest using bus, train or both. You can also try the tool provided by Arriva Transport or the NS journey planner. Bear in mind, however, that the NS journey planner doesn’t include buses. To find a bus stop near you, check this map for an overview of the Arriva bus stops in Maastricht, and this PDF shows the network of Arriva buses and trains in Maastricht and Limburg.

OV Chipcard/Tickets

To use the public transportation in Maastricht, first make sure you have an OV-chip card. Learn how to apply for one here. This card is the main form of payment for your travel in the Netherlands. If you forget your OV-chip card you can still buy regular bus tickets from the bus driver, or disposable OV-chip cards for trains at the train station but they are almost always more expensive than having an OV-chip card.

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