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Getting from Maastricht Airport to the City Centre

Set on both banks of the River Maas, the historic city of Maastricht has a lot to offer to beauty-seeking adventurers. Besides being a culture and art hub, it boasts breathtaking architecture, a scenic Old Town and ancient walls, plus a wealth of churches and basilicas, some of which are amongst the oldest in the Netherlands.

Once your flight lands at MST, a taxi is the most convenient choice to avoid hassle and get to your accommodation as soon as possible, especially if you arrive late at night or early in the morning. Yet, there is a bit of waiting involved for regular airport taxis, as you have to go to the taxi rank and call one of the local companies – no vehicles are readily available at the line. For instant boarding, you can pre-book a private transfer. The average cost of a taxi ride from Maastricht Airport to Maastricht is €45, and it will take 15 minutes more or less.

Public transportation is a reliable alternative if you’re travelling on a budget. The Arriva bus 30 leaves the airport twice per hour and takes you to Maastricht Train Station downtown, with various stops in between. The bus journey lasts 20-22 minutes, costing €3.40 per single one-way ticket.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Maastricht at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Taxi €45 15min 24/7
Bus €6.80 20min 05:30–23:00

How to get from Maastricht Airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi is the easiest way for a direct transfer from Maastricht Airport to your Maastricht accommodation. As MST is mainly a cargo airport without many passenger flights, you won’t see taxis waiting at the rank; you must consult the sign indicating the local companies’ numbers and call for a pickup, which won’t take too long. If you would like to board a vehicle the moment you exit the terminal without waiting, you should book a private transfer in advance with one of the reputable companies operating in the area, such as Welcome Pickups.

How much is a taxi from Maastricht Airport to Maastricht City Centre?

The region’s authorities regulate the prices of taxis in Maastricht regarding both the low and the high end. Yet, each local operator has their tariffs. Prices between companies do not differ enormously, so you can expect to pay around €45.

There can always be extra charges for excess luggage, travelling late at night, etc. For a competitive flat rate and 5-star personalised service, you can book a transfer beforehand.



Trip Duration

15 Min.

*The cost of a taxi ride may vary between companies, unless booked in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available on demand at Maastricht Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis at Maastricht Airport are available on demand. Once you exit the passenger terminal, go to the right, and you’ll see the P1 car park. In front of it is a taxi stand with a list of telephone numbers you can call to request a ride.


Maastricht is predominantly a cargo airport with a few passenger flights, so you won’t see taxis lined up in front of arrivals. You have to call one of the local companies yourself and request a pickup. This takes off a bit from absolute convenience, but it’s still a more stress-free option compared to public transport.

Editor’s Note

If you’re on a tight budget or don’t mind waiting a bit longer, you can take the cost-efficient Arriva bus 30 going to town.

Useful Tips

Official taxis have a blue license plate.
You can pay by card in all Maastricht taxis.
Gratuities are not mandatory, yet it’s always nice to round up to the nearest Euro.

How to get from Maastricht Airport to the city centre by bus

The bus is a reliable and affordable transportation option from Maastricht Airport to Maastricht. There are two itineraries per hour, and the ride is approximately 20-22 minutes.

What’s the cost of a bus ticket from Maastricht Airport to Maastricht?

Generally, buses in Maastricht (operated by the Arriva company) are cashless. To travel, you must either book your ticket online in advance or get an unregistered blue OV-chip car (the Dutch public transport pass), which you can top up online or at an OV Service Point. If neither option is possible for you, you can pay for your ticket onboard with a debit/credit card. The price for a single, one-way ticket is €3.40 for adults.



Trip Duration

20 Min.

*The maximum waiting time for the next bus departure is 30 minutes.

Value for money

The Arriva Bus 30 leaves twice per hour from 05:30 to 23:00 daily.

Where do I get the bus from?

The Arriva Bus 30 stop is located in front of the terminal. You will see the bus sign as soon as you claim your baggage and exit the terminal building.


Buses in Maastricht are modern and trustworthy. During the day, they leave twice per hour, so even if you just missed a departure, you won’t have to wait too long for the next one. However, this could be more challenging during the cold winter months.

Editor’s Note

The bus is a good travel option that doesn’t break the bank, but a taxi or private transfer might be your only alternative if your flight arrives late at night.

Useful Tips

Children below the age of four travel free of charge. For children aged 4-11, there are discounted rates.
The bus stop in front of the terminal is called “Maastricht Aachen Airport – Moorveld”.
The Arriva Bus 30 calls in at the Maastricht Railway Station.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Maastricht Airport to the city centre?

There are two options to reach the city centre from the airport: a taxi or the bus. Taxis operate on demand and need 15 minutes of travel time in light traffic. The bus, on the other hand, takes 20-25 minutes and departs every half hour.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Maastricht Airport to Maastricht city centre?

The final price depends on the taxi company and any extra charges that may apply, but in general, you can expect to pay around €35 for a ride to the city centre.

Yet, since with local taxis, hidden costs are not something you can’t avoid, if you pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups you can rest assured you’ll get a competitive flat-rate fare and impeccable 5-star service you can rely on.

How far is Maastricht from Maastricht Airport?

MST is situated 13 km north of the city. In normal traffic conditions, a car drive or taxi ride doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to get from Maastricht Airport to the city centre.

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