Public transport for students
As a student in the Netherlands, you can travel to and from your study programme free of charge or at a discount when using public transport. Maastricht is easily accessible by public transport.
Maastricht has excellent rail links. The Dutch railways (NS) operates Intercity trains toward Eindhoven, Utrecht, Amsterdam, while Arriva operates trains toward Sittard, Kerkrade, and Roermond. You can also use the train service provided by the National Railway Company of Belgium to travel to Visé and Liège.
Arriva provides bus transport in Limburg. The regional bus connections have been coordinated as effectively as possible so that you can travel to many destinations easily by public transport. You can pay using your public transport pass (‘OV-chipkaart') or purchase your ticket directly from the driver. You can also travel around the Euregio easily by bus. You can travel from Maastricht Central Station to Aachen by bus with Arriva's 350 Qliner, Liège (TEC), Hasselt, Genk, Tongeren and Eijsden Belgium (de Lijn).
Using public transport together with your bicycle
When you get off the bus or train and want to quickly continue towards your destination, you can easily use a shared bicycle. Maastricht has two bicycle-sharing systems:
- Continuing your journey with a public transport bike, which can be rented at Maastricht railway station for a small fee each day: www.ns.nl/en/door-to-door/ov-fiets.
- You could also rent a Nextbike, which is an ideal solution for short trips. Maastricht University students receive additional discounts: www.maastrichtbereikbaar.nl/en/students/arriva-nextbike