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Travel safely and in a smart way to the centre of Maastricht in December

Travel safely and in a smart way to the centre of Maastricht in December

Many of us do our Christmas shopping online and do our shopping locally. We also need to help prevent crowds forming. If you are planning on visiting Maastricht, then please make sure you make your visit a safe one! We recommend you visit on quieter weekdays and don't leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute. 

Smart and safe choices

Get started on your Christmas shopping in good time. For example, cycle into town, use public transport, or park your vehicle at P+R Noord and take the bus to the city centre. In this way, you can avoid needing to look for a parking space in the busy city centre on a weekend.
We recommend scheduling your visit on calmer days such as on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

For all the rules of conduct and tips, please visit the  ‘Veilig rondje Maastricht’ (Safely navigating Maastricht) page. 
If you live in Germany or Belgium, please take into account the guidelines of your own national authorities regarding border travel during corona.

Opening hours for shops in Maastricht during the festive season:

  • Christmas Eve: Thursday 24 December 2020 – shops open until 5:00 PM*
  • Christmas Day: Friday 25 December 2020 – shops closed
  • Boxing Day: Saturday 26 December 2019 – shops open until 5:00 PM*

Extra late-night shopping evenings

On Friday 4, Saturday 19, Monday 21, Tuesday 22, and Wednesday 23 December 2020, the shops will be open until 8:00 PM*. 
On Monday 28, Tuesday 29, and Wednesday 30 December 2020, the shops will be open until 7:00 PM*.

*The closing time and/or whether a shop is open may vary. Please make sure to check the websites of your favourite shops or the  Centrummanagement Maastricht website.

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.

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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