Accessibility during Ascension Day and the ‘Reuzenstoet’ (‘parade of giants’)
Thursday 30 May is Ascension Day. Many people will therefore have a long weekend. Our giant, Gigantius, will join nine fellow giants in a historic parade through the town starting at 1:30 PM on Sunday 2 June. Here are some travel tips to ensure that you can travel quickly and cheaply to the centre of Maastricht and avoid any congestion.
If you live within cycling distance of Maastricht, we recommend that you cycle into the city. Once you reach Maastricht, you can park your bicycle in one of the guarded sheltered bicycle-parking facilities on Kesselskade, in the bicycle-parking facility at Markt square, or in the underground bicycle-parking facility at the main railway station. During the weekend following Ascension Day, there will be a bicycle parking facility at Mosae Forum.
Coming by public transport
Maastricht is easily accessible via Arriva or NS trains and via Arriva buses. Public transport ensures you can comfortably travel to Maastricht, arrive in the middle of the city centre, and avoid any trouble parking your car.
Did you know that you can visit www.arriva.nl/eticket to book a ticket in advance for several people? This means you do not need to use individual 'OV-chipkaarten' (public transport passes) to check in and out.
If you choose to visit Maastricht by car, then use the following parking tips.
- Park at P+R Maastricht Noord for free. From there, you can quickly and cheaply travel onward to the city centre (day return is €2 per person, and group rate for 3-5 persons is €5).
- If you want to park closer to the city centre, you can do so at the Stadspark and Frontenpark Park+Walk (P+W) car parks. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can also park at the Bonnefanten car park, which is also a P+W on those days. At P+W car parks, you pay a daily rate of €6.60 (Stadspark) or €9 (Frontenpark and Bonnefanten).
- If you would like to park in the city centre, then please park in the Q-Park multistorey car parks. For the full overview of multistorey car parks in Maastricht, please visit the webpage.
- Our travel tip is to park on the side of the Meuse river you are coming from, to ensure that you avoid any congestion on the Noorderbrug and John F. Kennedybrug bridges over the Meuse.
The systems providing information on parking spaces are currently experiencing errors. That is why the signs with information on the number of available parking spaces in the city are currently off, and why the Smart Map does not show free spaces in multistorey car parks at this time. For this reason, we have appointed traffic wardens who will direct car drivers to free parking spaces. A mobile LED sign near Vrijthof square will direct you to available parking spaces if there are no parking spaces left at Vrijthof square.