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Buß- und Bettag, German public holiday

The fastest ways to Maastricht on Buß- und Bettag, German public holiday

With the holiday period and busy December just around the corner, we have some travelling and parking tips to help you quickly get to Maastricht and enjoy a safe, stress-free visit!

On your bike!

If you live within cycling distance, come by bike and park in the city centre. Park your bicycle in one of the free guarded shelters on Markt Square, at the main railway station (free for the first 24 hours), Mosae Forum, or on Vrijthof square.

Maastricht also has Arriva bicycles and ‘OV-fietsen’ (public transport bicycles) that you can use to travel from A to B. You can then park your car on the outskirts of the city, or take public transport for the first leg of the journey and continue by bicycle. Want to know where to find these bikes? See the map of Maastricht with all locations and information about the rates.

Coming by public transport

Maastricht is easy to reach by bus and train from nearby towns and cities, including those across the border. Please note only that due to COVID-19 measures, you may only travel by bus or train for essential journeys.

Parking tips and the shortest routes to parking spots

If you’re coming by car, be aware that the multi-storey car parks in the centre often get full quite quickly, especially on weekends. Follow the tips below to avoid wasting time looking for a parking spot and enjoy more time in the city centre. You can also choose to park nearby, but keep in mind that your preferred parking location may be full and there may be longer queues and extra travel time.

    • From the A2 or A79: park for free at P+R Maastricht Noord. You can get to the city centre on bus number 10 for €2.20 (day return), or take bus number 30 to the main railway station/Wyck. A group ticket for groups of three to five people costs €5.45. Up to two children between the ages of four and eleven can travel for free with a paying adult.
    • It’s cheaper to pay for parking on a P+W site on the outskirts of Maastricht – Vrijthof square or Markt square are just fifteen minutes’ walk away. If you’re coming from the north, park at P Bonnefanten. At the weekend, you can also park at the Gouvernement car park for €10 (all-day parking) if P Bonnefanten is full.
    • Choose a parking location on your route: De Griend, P+R Station, De Colonel, Plein 1992.
    • Park for free at P+R Maastricht Noord. You can get to the city centre on bus number 10 for €2.20 (day return), or take bus number 30 to the main railway station/Wyck. A group ticket for groups of three to five people costs €5.45. Up to two children between the ages of four and eleven can travel for free with a paying adult.
      Take the N2 tunnel northbound from Akersteenweg/John F. Kennedybrug and then take exit 1 Bunde onto Nieuwe Limmelderweg.
    • It’s cheaper to pay for parking on a P+W site on the outskirts of Maastricht – Vrijthof square or Markt square are just fifteen minutes’ walk away. If you’re coming from the north, park at P Bonnefanten. At the weekend, you can also park at the Gouvernement car park for €10 (all-day parking) if P Bonnefanten is full.
    • Choose a parking location on your route: Plein 1992 or De Colonel.
    • Follow the A2 tunnel to the north and park for free at P+R Maastricht Noord. You can get to the city centre on bus number 10 for €2.20 (day return), or take bus number 30 to the main railway station/Wyck. A group ticket for groups of three to five people costs €5.45. Up to two children between the ages of four and eleven can travel for free with a paying adult.
      Take exit 1 Bunde northbound and turn left onto Nieuwe Limmelderweg.
    • It’s cheaper to pay for parking on a P+W site on the outskirts of Maastricht – Vrijthof square or Markt square are just fifteen minutes’ walk away. If you’re coming from the north, park at P Bonnefanten. At the weekend, you can also park at the Gouvernement car park for €10 (all-day parking) if P Bonnefanten is full.
    • Choose a parking location on your route: Plein 1992 or De Colonel.
    • It’s cheaper to park at P+W Stadspark or Frontenpark (fixed, all-day parking rate: €10) Vrijthof square or Markt square are just fifteen minutes’ walk away.
    • Choose a parking location on your route: Onze Lieve Vrouwe, Mosae Forum, or Sphinx.
    • If you’re coming from Belgium, follow Brusselseweg in Smeermaas and enter Maastricht via Belvédèrelaan. You’ll get to Maastricht faster, and you won’t have to wait at the ramp meter on Bosscherweg. Take the same road on your way back – it’s just as quick.
    • P+W Frontenpark offers low-cost parking (fixed, all-day parking rate: €10). Vrijthof square or Markt square are just fifteen minutes’ walk away.
    • Choose a parking location on your route: Sphinx, Mosae Forum, or Onze Lieve Vrouwe.
  • Check the Smart Map for all parking locations in Maastricht city centre.
  • If you’re coming by motorcycle or are driving a long-distance coach, please check our website for parking information.
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Pedestrians in Maastricht

The Municipality of Maastricht has introduced a series of measures in the city centre to stop the spread of COVID-19, ensure people can visit safely, and prevent any unsafe situations. We ask everyone to come to the city on less busy days during the week, at less busy times in the morning, and try to walk along less busy streets. To ensure that people can safely use spaces in the city, we need to be able to spread out visitor flows. 

The following basic rules apply:

❌ Avoid crowds
↔️ Keep your distance
‍♂️ Keep to the right
 Stands in the waiting areas in front of shops

For all guidelines and tips for visiting Maastricht, please see the ‘Veilig rondje Maastricht’ (Safely navigating Maastricht) page and check the guidelines of the national government in the country of destination and origin.

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