Getting to Maastricht

28 January 2020

Maastricht is in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, close to the national borders with Belgium and Germany.

Visitors can fly directly to Brussels (Zaventem) or Dusseldorf airports where free IRE/APEX shuttle buses will operate to and from MECC Maastricht.


The MECC exhibition and congress centre in Maastricht.

Amsterdam is two and a half hours by car or train, and cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Bonn and Dortmund are all within two hours’ drive or less.

By air, plus free shuttle bus

During IRE and APEX, shuttle buses will run between MECC and Brussels Zaventem Airport and Düsseldorf Airport, making it very easy to reach Maastricht.

The service is for use for delegates attending IRE, APEX or the ERA Convention, and is free. Times are as follows:

Brussels Zaventem Airport
8, 9, 10, 11 June
Depart Brussels: from 08.30am to 20.00pm
Depart MECC: from 06.30am to 18.00pm
12 June
Depart Brussels: 08.30am and 10.30am services only
Depart MECC: 06.30am to 08.30pm services only
(Full timetable at

Düsseldorf Airport
8, 9, 10, 11 June
Depart Düsseldorf: from 09.00am to 19.00pm
Depart MECC: from 07.00am to 17.00pm
12 June
Depart Düsseldorf: 09.00am and 11.00pm services only
Depart MECC: 07.00am and 09.00am services only
(Full timetable at

We recommend you to reserve a seat in advance. You can do so by clicking on this link:

 In addition, visitors can fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and rent a car or get a train to Maastricht. The train takes around two and a half hours.

The following airports are all with one hour’s drive of MECC Maastricht:

  • Düsseldorf Airport
  • Eindhoven Airport
  • Brussels Charleroi Airport
  • Cologne-Bonn Airport
  • Brussels Zaventem (1 hour 20 minutes)

By car

Maastricht is located just off the A2 motorway, the E25 interchange (Amsterdam-Brussels) and the A79 motorway (Liège-Aachen/Cologne) and has convenient connections to European motorways.

Take the Randwyck/MECC/AZM exit and follow the signs for MECC or MECC Parking.

Sample driving times from major cities include:

  • Under 2 hours: Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Dortmund.
  • Under 2.5 hours: Amsterdam
  • Under 3.5 hours: Frankfurt, Mannheim

MECC Maastricht has ample parking facilities with a maximum walking distance of 10 minutes. Parking is free for the first half hour, thereafter it is €3 per hour, up to a maximum of €12 per 24 hours.

By train

Maastricht-Randwyck station is located 250 metres from MECC Maastricht and is part of the national and international railway network. There are frequent trains from Randwyck to Maastricht Central Station, which is also linked to the national and international railway network.

Typical train journey times to Maastricht Central Station include:

  • Amsterdam: 2.5 hours
  • London: 4 hours (via Brussels)
  • Paris: 3 hours 20 minutes (via Liege)
  • Hanover: 5 hours (via Dusseldorf)

See more at MECC’s travel advice page:

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