Kingsday 2020 in Maastricht
King's Day is going to be a special day for both Maastricht and Limburg this year. On Monday 27 April, we will be celebrating the day with one another and with the Royal Family. Celebrations will take place in the capital of a region where people enjoy both the finer things in life and the things that are larger than life. Here, solidarity and connections are core to our experiences.
Keep an eye on the www.kingsdaymaastricht.com. We would like to remind kings and queens of the road to cycle or use public transport on the day, so that we can keep Maastricht accessible.
The Royal Route
The festivities take place on and nearby the Royal route, which is over a kilometer long. The Royal route starts on Monday 27 April at 11.00 hrs 13.00 hrs. on the St. Servaasbrug and continues via the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein and Bredestraat to the Vrijthof Square, where the Royal Family is due to arrive at 13.00 hrs. View the Royal route on the map.
During King's Day, pedestrians must be aware of traffic measures such as the closure of St Servatius Bridge (Sint Servaasbrug), as this is part of the Royal Family's route through the city. In mid March, we will announce the programme for King's Day in Maastricht. If you will be coming to watch the parade, then decide in advance which part of the programme you would like to see and where it is scheduled to take place. The best tip we can give is: be on time!
Bicycle-parking facilities that are located on the roads of the King's Day route will be closed during King’s Day. You can park your bicycle in the permanent bicycle-parking facilities on Markt square, on Kesselskade, or in the underground bicycle-parking facility at Maastricht’s main railway station. You can also make use of one of the temporary bicycle-parking facilities that will be set up for the event by the Municipality of Maastricht in and around the city centre.
The scooter-parking facilities on Het Bat, the Van Hasseltkade and Vrijthof are also closed during King’s Day. You can park your scooter or moped at the temporary bicycle-parking facilities that will be set up for the event.
By Public Transport
Maastricht is excellent accessible by public transport. You can catch the Arriva busses from anywhere in the region to travel quickly and easily to the city centre of Maastricht. King's Day is a Dutch public holiday, that's why you need to take account on changes in the timetable:
- Arriva will modify the timetable for city buses during King’s Day Maastricht, no buses will stop at Markt square and Vrijthof square. Because of this the bus stops will be cancelled during King’s Day on Boschstraat/Markt, Helmstraat, Bouillonstraat, Tongersestraat, St Pieterstraat, Hondstraat, Calvariestraat, and Kommel.
Temporary stops will be created on Boschstraat, Maagdendries, Mosae Forum, Tongerseplein, and Koningin Emmaplein.
- The Dutch Railways (NS) will run a Saturday timetable.
- Visit 9292.nl or the website of the operators (Arriva/NS) to see the current departure and arrival times of your train.
Traveltip: did you know that you can book a ticket (or tickets) for several people in advance on www.arriva.nl/eticket? If you print out your ticket, you do not need to check in or out using separate public transport passes (OV-chipkaarten).
From the evening of Sunday 26 April 11 A.M. until the afternoon of Monday 27 April 7 P.M. a part of the city centre will be closed to motorized traffic. During this time, motorized vehicles cannot enter or exit the city centre. Multistorey car parks, ground-level car parks, and parking spaces within these areas will be off limits. Please note that car parks in the city centre may have different opening hours. Traffic restrictions will be worked out in detail in the coming weeks.
Are you visiting Maastricht on Monday 27 April by car, Bezoek je Maastricht op 27 april met de auto, maak dan gebruik van onze reis- en parkeertips:
- Before setting off, consult our Smart Map for up-to-date information on the traffic situation, journey times, congestion, and available spaces in the car park in which you wish to park.
- We recommend parking on the side of the Meuse river that you are coming from, to avoid traffic congestion on the bridges over the Meuse.
- Park at P+R Maastricht Noord for free. From there, you can travel to the city centre quickly and cheaply (a day return is €2,15 per person, and the group fare for 3-5 people is €5,40) on bus numbers 10 and 30. Note: if you are traveling back to P+R Maastricht Noord at Monday 27 April then you have to get on at the Mosae Forum bus stop.
- Visit our website for a complete list of all car parks.
If you have any questions about King's Day, please contact the municipalty of Maastricht. Telephone number: +31 (0)43 350 4040 or you can contact them by completing the contact form on the website (in Dutch).