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Safely navigating the city

This is how we do it!

26 May 2020 - 31 January 2021

Safely navigating the city. This is how we do it!

When people gather together in groups, coronavirus can quickly spread. That’s why the Municipality of Maastricht has taken extra steps for pedestrians and cyclists to prevent any potentially unsafe situations from happening. 

Arrangements #SafelyNavigatingMaastricht:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • ↔️ Keep your distance.
  • 🚶‍♂️Stay on the right.
  • 🔲 Use the designated waiting areas for shops.     


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Visitor tips #SafelyNavigatingMaastricht:

Based on the experiences of the past period, we have listed a number of tips for you:

  • Everywhere in the city center, additional terraces have been set up. Go on a discover tour in the smaller streets.
  • The opening hours of the shops are still different. Before you visit, check the website of your favorite store.
  • The mornings are less crowded on Saturdays and Sundays. The popular shopping streets are becoming increasingly busy between 12.00 noon and 5.00 pm.
  • It’s less crowded in the city Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays are market days.  
  • If it’s busy where you wanted to go, we recommend you come back later.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Try taking a street to the left or right to discover the shops and cafe terraces of Wyck, het Bassin, Plein 1992, Stokstraatkwartier, Sphinxkwartier and Jekerkwartier. 

Tips for motorists

Coming by car? The multistorey car parks in the centre often fill up quite quickly. The following tips will save you travel time:

  • From the A2 or A79 head for the free parking at P+R Maastricht Noord. You can get to the city centre by bus number 10 for € 2.15 for a day return, or take bus number 30 to the station/Wyck. A group ticket for groups of three to five people costs € 5.40.                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Paid parking at a P+W car park (Frontenpark, Bonnefanten and Stadspark) on the outskirts of the city is cheaper than in the centre. From there it’s just a 15-minute walk to Vrijthof or the Markt.                                                                                                                                    
  • If you are coming from Belgium (Lanaken/Maasmechelen), take the Belvédèrelaan and park on the outskirts of the city at P+W Frontenpark and Sphinx.                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • If you arrive from the south (Eijsden/Luik) or east (Cadier en Keer) park on the outskirts of the city at P+W Bonnefanten for a fixed rate of € 10 on Saturdays and Sundays. Griend, Plein 1992 or the Colonel are usually less crowded.   

Check our Smart Map with the possibilities to park in the city centre.                           

Changes for buses, pedestrians, and cyclists at Vrijthof square

The terrace side of Vrijthof-Oost between Grote Staat and Bredestraat is open to pedestrians. The street is closed to buses and cyclists on the terrace side. This area was already closed to cars. A new cycle route has been created across Vrijthof square. Please pay careful attention to signage. More terraces are being set up on Vrijthof.

Arriva buses will use another route temporarily until the end of August. The following bus stops are no longer in use: Markt towards Vrijthof square, Vrijthof square, Bouillionstraat, Tongersestraat, St. Pieterstraat, and Hondstraat. In stead of there are some temporary replacement bus stops nearby. We give you an overview:

  • Markt – richting het Vrijthof (alternatief: halte Mosae Forum of Boschstraat/Maagdendries, lijn 3, 4, 9 en 48)
  • Vrijthof (alternatief: halte Mosae Forum of Boschstraat/Maagdendries, lijn 3, 4 en 9)
  • Bouillonstraat (alternatief: halte Cannerplein)
  • Tongersestraat (alternatief: halte Cannerplein)
  • Hondstraat (alternatief: halte Sint Pieterskade)
  • Sint Pieterstraat (alternatief: halte Sint Pieterskade)

For pedestrians

  • Pay attention to information and traffic signs.
  • Follow the lines and angels on the street that indicate walking routes.
  • Use the waiting spaces in front of shops when the shops are busy.
  • Dynamic two-way streets
    It is not always busy throughout the day in the new one-way pedestrianized streets. This conclusion is based on initial experiences and findings over last Ascension Day weekend. That’s why Wolfstraat, Muntstraat, Nieuwstraat, and Spilstraat are being repurposed as ‘dynamic two-way streets’. If the area becomes too busy, these streets will be closed again on one side. Please pay careful attention to signage and follow the hospitality guide instructions! The municipality is monitoring congestion in the city centre, using our own observations and those of the police, enforcement officers, hospitality guides, and the counting system.
  • Platielstraat, Achter het Vleeshuis and Koestraat will remain one-way streets!

The use of terraces at Wyckerbrugstraat and Rechtstraat

  • In Wyck, too, the municipality has made new agreements in consultation with catering establishments and business associations to receive visitors in a hospitable and safe manner.
  • The 1.5 meter guideline, terraces, (road) safety, loading and unloading traffic and parking facilities have been taken into account.
  • Parking lanes have been removed in Stationsstraat to provide space for pedestrians.
  • Around cafe The Percee (Stationsstraat): Terraces on the central square. 1 parking space becomes a waiting area for an ice cream shop. No further changes in parking spaces. Terraces in the central square. Traffic situation unchanged.
  • Wycker Brugstraat (from Bagels and Beans to Servaasbrug): parking spaces have been canceled. The street is closed to motorized traffic from noon until the catering industry closes. Space for terraces from 2.5 m from the facade to the curb.
  • Rechtstraat: closed for motorized traffic from 6 p.m. until closure of catering establishments. Space for terraces from the facade of a catering establishment to the curb. Walking and cycling on the roadway.

Market, restaurants and opening hours shops

  • The large Friday market will be held at both Markt square and Vrijthof square
    From Friday 29 May there will be two markets. One as usual on Markt square and one on Vrijthof square. The large Friday market is being divided across the two squares to comply with the 1.5-metre rule. There will be food and non-food stalls on both squares. Rules of Conduct: keep your distance from others, avoid busy areas, eating and drinking on the street and at the market are prohibited.
  • The opening hours of the shops are still different. Before you visit, check the website of your favorite store.
  • It is likely that it will be busy at weekends between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM, especially on main streets in the city centre. Avoid busy areas and come back later.
  • Restaurants, cafés, and terraces are open. Everywhere in the city center, additional terraces have been set up. Go on a discover tour in the smaller streets.

Public toilets

  • Central station open daily from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Cafes and restaurants from Monday 1 June for patrons only.

For cyclists

  • Pedestrians must be able to make safe use of the available space. Only leave your bicycle in designated parking areas in the city centre! Use bicycle racks. 
  • The bicycle ban on the Hoge Brug and Oeverwal (Cörversplein)/Stenenwal has been lifted for the time being. 
  • Additional bicycle racks at Mosae Forum and Vrijthof square. The temporary events’ bicycle parking has been installed again at Mosae Forum. Additional bicycle racks have also been installed on Vrijthof square. These are across from the Museum on Vrijthof square/the Spaans Gouvernement building.
    New: the additional bicycle racks are supervised for the time being until December 31, 2020 at:
    • Thursday between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday between 7 a.m. and 9.30 p.m
    • Sunday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The bicycle parking facility on Markt has reopened from 1 June. Please allow for longer waiting times and adhere to the 1.5-metre distance rule. The bicycle parking facility is open Monday to Saturday from 09:30 AM to 6:30 PM and on Sundays and public holidays between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Bicycle parking facilities will be closed on late opening evenings.
  • You are no longer allowed to cycle on Oeverwal (Cörversplein). Please step off your bicycle and walk through these areas. This rule is in force 24 hours a day. (See map)
  • Park your bicycle in Q-park’s bicycle parking at Vrijthof.
  • Park your bicycle in the underground parking facility at the railway station. This is free for the first 24 hours and costs €1.25 per day after this.
  • The bicycle parking facilities on Kesselskade will remain closed for now. 
  • The Fiets & Service bicycle shop at the railway station reopened on 25 May.
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The Municipality of Maastricht has announced that the rules of conduct for pedestrians and cyclists will take effect on 21 May and will last until 31 January 2021 at the earliest.

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Is it busy? Come back later. Or go on a "discovery tour" in surprising side streets. 

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