Buses in Maastricht are a great way to get around the city when its raining and you can’t quite be bothered to bike. The bus service is provided by Arriva Transport and you can catch the bus to everywhere in the city as well as places like Aachen, Maastricht-Aachen airport and Valkenburg. Arriva is a public transport company that provides bus and train services within the Limburg region.
You can look at the Arriva website or 9292.nl to find the timetable for the bus you need. All buses work with the OV Chipkaart, the public transport card for the whole of the Netherlands. If you don’t have one yet, you can apply for one here.
Using your OV Chipkaart works well if you’re not travelling by bus or train too regularly. However, if you’re planning on doing one bus or train journey with Arriva public transport a lot, then you could save money with one of the Arriva subscriptions.
As well as buses around the city, you can catch buses to international destinations. If you’re at the Maastricht station, then on the side nearest the river, there is the main bus stop. Buses from Arriva and de Lijn (the belgian bus company) will stop here.
On the other side of the station, next to the road Meerssenerweg, is the international bus stop. Come out of the station and walk down the road. You need to go past the bike parking, past the P+R carpark, and keep going until you reach the bus shelter. Here, there will be a sign displaying information about the flixbus that are arriving soon. See our section about Flixbus for more information! All of the other international buses that are not part of Arriva, will also stop here.
Although trains are normally faster and cheaper than buses, the best option to get to Aachen is the 350 bus. For €6 you can buy a day pass which counts as a one way ticket to Aachen. If you need to get back to Maastricht, buy a return ticket for €8,50 instead. This site provides the most accurate information on prices and planning your journey.