Accessibility during Assumption and 't Preuvenemint
Maastricht will be full of life in August, with our Belgian neighbours to the south celebrating Assumption on Thursday 15 August. And from 22 to 25 August, Vrijthof square will once again be dedicated to the ultimate culinary festival: 't Preuvenemint. Here are some travel tips to ensure that you can travel quickly and cheaply to Maastricht city centre and avoid any congestion.
Park your bicycle in the sheltered parking facilities on Markt, Kesselskade, or in the underground facility at the main railway station. The Kesselskade parking facility has extra-long opening hours – until 2:30 AM – on all days of 't Preuvenemint; the other parking facilities will have their regular opening hours. During ‘t Preuvenemint, you can also park your bicycle at the temporary parking facility on Keizer Karelplein.
By public transport
Arriva or NS trains or Arriva buses are a great way to get to the city centre: simply hop on the bus or train 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 don't need to use individual 'OV-chipkaarten' (public transport passes) to check in and out.
Alternative bus timetable
If you're travelling to ‘t Preuvenemint by bus, please be aware that there is an alternative bus timetable.
This timetable applies to bus numbers 3, 4, 9, and 48 from Thursday 22 and Friday 23 August from 5:00 PM, and all day on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August. These buses will follow an alternative route toward Vrijthof square (coming from the main railway station and Markt square):
- The buses will not serve the stops at Markt (toward Vrijthof square), Vrijthof square, Bouillonstraat, Tongersestraat, Sint Pieterstraat, and Hondstraat. You can use the temporary stops at Boschstraat/Maagdendries and Mosae Forum.
- Bus numbers 3, 7, and 48 will drive toward the main railway station along the normal route via Vrijthof square.
- Bus number 9 toward the main railway station (from Villapark) will follow a different route via Hertogsingel/Calvariestraat, Kommel, and Vrijthof square to Helmstraat, at which point it will follow the usual route.
For the current departure times and alternative routes, please visit Arriva's website.
If you would like to visit Maastricht by car, here are some of our parking tips:
- Park at P+R Maastricht Noord for free. From there, you can quickly and cheaply travel to the city centre (day return is €2 per person, and group fare for 3-5 persons is €5) on bus numbers 10 and 30. Your day return will also give you further discounts until the end of August: you can enjoy a €2 discount on a ‘Voordeelmenu’ (value meal) at Subway Beatrixhaven upon presentation of your P+R ticket.
- Park on the Park+Walk sites in Stadspark or Frontenpark. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can also park at the Bonnefanten car park, which is 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 Q-Park's multistorey car parks. To see a list of all the multistorey car parks, please go to: www.maastrichtbereikbaar.nl/auto/parkeren/parkeergarages
- Our travel tip is to park on the side of the Meuse river that you are coming from to avoid traffic congestion on the Noorderbrug and John F. Kennedybrug bridges over the Meuse.
Make sure you do a smart travel check before setting off
If you want a detailed overview of all parking options (including rates, P+W facilities, and multistorey carparks) or want to know where it's busy on the road, have a look at our Smart Map.