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Getting to Maastricht
Maastricht is ideally located in the southernmost tip of the Netherlands, close to the Belgian and German border. There are many ways to reach the city. Below you will find useful tips and information that will help you prepare for your trip to Maastricht, along with important information concerning visa requirements.
By public transport
Keeping the environment in mind? Travel to Maastricht by public transport. Find out more about how to reach and get around the city on the Maastricht bereikbaar website .
Travelling to Maastricht by car? Find out more about how to reach and park in the city centre on the Maastricht bereikbaar website .
Maastricht is centrally located between Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Paris and London, and is surrounded by several international airports. You can fly into one of the following airports:
If you choose to arrive at one of these airports, you can easily take a train or book a shuttle to Maastricht.
Airport Service Patrick provides airport transport services. You can split the costs if you travel with other people (depending on how many people fit in the car/van). Make sure to tell them how much luggage you have as well as with how many people you travel.
The cheapest way to get to Maastricht from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Brussels Airport is by train.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
The Schiphol train station is situated directly below the airport. You can pick up a free baggage trolley from the platform. Via Schiphol Plaza you can walk straight to the departure or arrival hall. Train tickets are available from the yellow ticket machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza or from the ticket offices, which are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza. Trains depart for Maastricht twice an hour.Buy a one-way ticket (“enkele reis”) to Maastricht Central Station. Intercity trains are faster than local trains (“stoptrein” or “sprinter”). When in doubt, you can always ask someone at the ticket office. You will soon notice that almost everyone in the Netherlands speaks English fairly well. For journey advice and time tables you can also check: www.ns.nl/en .
There is a train station in the basement of Brussels airport; level -1, just follow the signs. You can buy a ticket to Maastricht there and you can ask for a printed itinerary. For more information, consult the website of the Belgian Railways .
If you are staying in the Netherlands shorter than 90 days you might need a visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands. This depends on your nationality.
You DO NOT need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days if you are a national of one of the following countries: check overview . You can enter the Netherlands with a valid passport under the visa waiver programme.
You DO need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days if you are a national of one of the following countries: check overview . Please contact the embassy or consulate of the Netherlands in your country for more information.