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Pilot of cross-border public transport pass

Arriva is joining forces with partners in Luxembourg and Germany to expand the ‘European Travellers Club’ (ETC) initiative, which aims to develop a cross-border public transport pass that can also be used for cross-border travel. During the pilot you can participate in the pilot if you are older than 18 and travel regularly on public transport between Heerlen/Maastricht and Aachen.

Public transport passes or e-tickets are an ideal way to travel within the Netherlands. But if you cross the border, you often need other tickets and have to pay different fares. This situation needs to change. As part of ‘Horizon 2020,’ the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Arriva is teaming up with partners in Luxembourg and Germany to expand the European Travellers Club (ETC) initiative, which aims to develop a public transport pass that can also be used for cross-border travel. The ETC should create a seamless system for cross-border travel between neighbouring countries. 


Arriva is launching a pilot on 1 December to trial the public transport pass it has developed. The pilot phase will run until 31 March 2018, during which Arriva will be trialling how the technical systems developed for the ETC initiative can enable travel between Maastricht, Heerlen, and Aachen.

Join in!

Arriva is still looking for travellers to participate in the pilot. If you regularly catch the bus to Aachen, then you may be a good match.

Below are the conditions of participation:

  • You must be at least 18 years old;
  • You regularly travel on the cross-border bus number 44 (Heerlen – Aachen, Arriva/ASEAG), 350 (Maastricht – Aachen, Arriva), or ASEAG city buses in Aachen (or you are prepared to travel on these services);
  • You have an iPhone or Android device.

How does it work?

Participants will receive one personal public transport pass that they can use between 1 December 2017 and 31 March 2018 on Arriva's cross-border buses – numbers 44 and 350 – and on all ASEAG bus routes in Aachen. This public transport pass enables you to travel for free in the first two weeks of December, after which you will benefit from a large discount on the usual fare (€2.80 instead of €3,60/€5,30 to travel between Heerlen and Aachen on bus number 44; 34% discount on bus number 350 between Maastricht and Aachen; and €5 instead of €7.50 for a day ticket on ASEAG buses in Aachen). You will receive a monthly invoice for the journeys you make. You can download a special app to view all the journeys you have made.

Registration and further information

If you're eager to participate, sign up now! If you have any questions about the pilot, please visit for more information or send an e-mail to