Getting to Maastricht
Maastricht is situated in the heart of Europe, surrounded by Belgium and Germany and close to France. Maastricht, the most southern city in The Netherlands, is very easy to reach by car, train or airplane. The connection with major European cities is very good.
You can reach Maastricht using different airports.
- Eindhoven Airport (1 hour by car; 1.5 hours by public transport)
- Maastricht-Aachen Airport – (20 minutes by car; 45 minutes by public transport)
- Schiphol Amsterdam (2.5 hours by car; 2.5 hours by public transport)
- Brussels Airport – Zaventem (1 hour by car; 1.5 hours by public transport)
- Charleroi Airport (1.5 hours by car; 3 hours by public transport)
- Liège Bierset Airport (0.5 hours by car; 1 hour by public transport)
- Düsseldorf International Airport (1.5 hour by car; 3 hours by public transport)
- Cologne-Bonn Airport (1 hour by car; 3 hours by public transport)
- Düsseldorf/Weeze Airport (1.5 hour by car; 3 hours by public transport)
By public transport
The train stops at Maastricht Central Station, which is situated in the city centre.
- Schiphol Amsterdam: 2.5 hours travel time
- Brussels: 1.5 hours travel time
- Düsseldorf: 3 hours travel time
- Paris: 3.5 hours travel time
- London: 4 hours travel time
From Maastricht CS, please check the Dutch route planner 9292.nl/en for bus connections to the School of Business and Economics, on Tongersestraat 53 in Maastricht. The bus stop (for arrival) is across the street from the main entrance to the School.
OV-chipcard (public transport chipcard)
The OV-chipcard is now the most common system of paying for trams and buses throughout the Netherlands.
What is the OV-Chipcard?
The OV-chipcard is becoming the standard payment method for the public transport system in the Netherlands. The smart card is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip. The OV-chipcard is a prepaid card which you can use to travel anywhere within the Netherlands by train, metro, bus and tram. You can also use it to purchase a travel product such as a one-way journey or a season ticket.
How to get an OV-chipcard?
It is recommended to buy an Anonymous OV-chipcard for € 7.50. An anonymous OV-chipcard can be purchased at the stations, in newsagents and at serve counters. An anonymous card is valid for four to five years. You can keep the card to use it again. The credit will also remain valid. Or you can get the left-over credit back at a public transport company counter. You will pay € 1 in administration costs. If you wish to terminate the card, please request a form from the counter. Complete the form fully and post this along with the card to the address given on the form.
How to use my OV-chipcard?
Before you start travelling you need to load balance on your OV-chipkaart. You need to check in and check out, when travelling, also when you have to change. Sometimes the card reader is in the bus or the tram, and sometimes on the platform.
Checking in and out.
With a positive balance on your OV-chipkaart you can check in and out. Hold your OV-chipkaart against the screen of a gate or single card reader. The gate will open; the card reader will give a confirmation signal. At the end of your journey you check out in the same way. Please note, if you change from transport company you have to check-out and check-in again.
For more information about OV-chipcard, please visit: www.ov-chipkaart.nl
From the north (Eindhoven/Amsterdam/Aachen): Switch from the highway A2/A79 to the N2 (at exit 53: Centrum) and turn right in the direction of Hasselt at the first traffic lights. After about 2.3 km, after having crossed the bridge (Noorderbrug), turn left at the (double) traffic lights. Go straight on the first roundabout (Emmaplein) and turn left at the second roundabout (Tongerseplein). After about 150 meters you will find the School of Business and Economics on your right-hand side.
From the south (Liège, Belgium): Take A2 from Liège into Maastricht and take the second turn off the highway to the right (exit 54: Centrum) and take N278 in the direction of Tongeren) and follow the signs to Centrum. Cross the Kennedy bridge and follow the street (Prins Bisschopsingel) until you reach a large roundabout (Tongerseplein) which is where you turn right. After about 150 meters you will find the School of Business and Economics on your right-hand side.
No parking spots are available on the property of the building. There are a number of paid parking places on the Tongersestraat or the underground parking garage at the “Vrijthof”. Cheaper long-stay parking facilities are available at Q-park Cabergerweg (about 15 minutes walking from the School of Business and Economics.