Shared bikes: an ideal combination with public transport or a P+R
Maastricht is a compact city. You can easily hop on a shared bike to cycle those last kilometres from the station to your final destination. Shared bikes are also a quick, cheap, and eco-friendly way to travel to your destination from one of the low-cost parking locations on the outskirts of the city. Arriva has soon shared bikes available in Maastricht, and the Dutch Railways (NS) hires out ‘OV-fietsen’ (public transport bicycles) at their stations.
Bicycle-sharing scheme Arriva
Use the Hello-Bike app to use the Arriva shared bike. Each bicycle has a QR code on it that refers you to this app on Google Play or on the App Store. After you have registered, you can easily rent a shared bike which can be opened with a Bluetooth lock. The user pays for the duration of their use of the bike. As soon as the bike is put into an official rack for shared bikes, the payment will stop. The first 20 minutes of cycling start at €1. After that you pay € 0.05 per minute up to a daily rate of € 9.00.
New locations will be added as soon on the arriva.nl/deelfiets website and in the 'Arriva Deelfiets' app as they are ready for use.
OV public transport bicycle
At a number of P+R locations, you can use an OV public transport bicycle from a bicycle locker. You can then park your car cheaply or for free and easily travel the last few kilometres to your destination by bicycle.
- You need an 'OV-chipkaart' (public transport pass) if you want to rent an OV public transport bicycle. You can link your OV public transport bicycle subscription to your OV chipkaart for free.
- To use an OV public transport bicycle costs €4.45 per ride for up to 24 hours. If you wish to use the OV public transport bicycle for longer, you pay for an extra rental period for up to 72 hours. After 72 hours, you pay a surcharge of €5 per 24 hours. Handing in a public transport bicycle at a location other than the original rental location costs € 10.
- At the Maastricht main railway station, the OV public transport bicycles are kept in the underground bicycle parking facility, which you can reach via the stairs or escalator on Stationsplein square (in front of the railway station).
- At Maastricht Noord and Maastricht Randwyck station, the OV public transport bicycle are in the bicycle lockers. These can be opened with an 'OV-chipkaart' with an OV-bicycle subscription.
The NS OV e-bike
Since 13 January 2023, thirty electric OV bikes will be offered to train passengers for rent at Maastricht station.
NS is conducting a trial and investigating whether the e-bike meets passengers' needs and is a good addition to the rental of the regular ov bike. The cost of renting an e-bike? €10.00 per time (per 24 hours).
The speed? With a charged battery, you can cycle up to 110 kilometres on the so-called eco-support mode. The bikes can go up to 25 kilometres per hour and you charge the batteries with 100 per cent green electricity, according to the NS.