Can anyone help me please? I am trying to organise a trip to Maastricht for my parents to see Andre Rieu in July. I can sort the hotel and tickets etc but just cannot figure out the best way to get there from UK. They are not seasoned travellers so need to have it as straight forward as possible. It seems that the only company who do complete tours are Newmarket but they have previously had an awful experience with them so would really like to avoid. Thanks in advance.
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They are in Leeds but as there are no direct flights from anywhere in UK they will be open to going from other parts of UK if it works out easier.
There are plenty of planes to Brussels. Any from Leeds Bradford? Maybe even Ryan(yuk)air or Easyjet or Brussels Air?
Then a simple train to Liege and the the new triangle train to Maastricht would be my first guess.
Or Easyjet (used to be painted orange) to Amsterdam (has Leeds Bradford got one?) and then easy Dutch IC train (one change at either Amsterdam Centraal or Haarlem where it starts) straight through to Maastricht.
or if they can get a flight from Leeds Bradford to Cologne, then train from there to Aachen then triangle train to Maastricht.
Which of these sounds more promising to you?
Plenty of flights from Leeds to Amsterdam (jet2 , klm)
Then train from the airport to Maastricht
Thank you. There are flights from Leeds to Amsterdam. I was looking for flights from there to Maastricht but couldn’t find anything. Maybe that’s because limited flights to Maastricht??? Are the trains a better option? What’s the triangle train? Never been to Netherlands. Is the train service easy to navigate? Thanks for your suggestions, much appreciated.
Thanks Ramblin’ on. I was trying to work out where railway was in relation to Amsterdam airport. So it’s inside? That’s really useful!
Maastricht is a small airport with limited services. Everyone your parents will encounter in the Netherlands will speak English so easy to navigate.
Schiphol has excellent train services to Maastricht. Use the train planner of NS (Dutch Railways) to see the super-easy connections. To make life even easier you can buy the tickets in advance, using the same site. They are valid on all trains that day (domestic trains in the Netherlands don't have reservations).
Brilliant! Thank you all for your help.
You can go all the way by train leaving Leeds after 7am and arriving to Maastricht by 4pm with changes in London, Brussels and Liege.
You can buy a ticket on Eurostar(the Chunnel train connecting London and Brussels) from Leeds or London to Any station in Belgium.
More information: https://www.seat61.com/London-to-Paris-by-train.htm
The Any station in Belgium ticket is valid till the last Belgian station: Visé
Since you may not have enough time to buy the Visé - Maastricht ticket in Brussels or Liege I recommend you to buy that online as well(only 4€): http://www.belgianrail.be/en/tickets-railcards/abroad/maastricht/standard-ticket-to-maastricht.aspx
The triangle is formed of Liege in Belgium, Aachen in Germany and Maastricht in the mountains of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. All three cities are very close to each other. There used to be dodgy rail service between the three, especially Maastricht which is at the end of the line from Amsterdam. Just a couple of months ago there was an agreement made, contracts let and train rolling stock obtained to link all three cities in a sort of a triangle.
The legs have been opening steadily and I expect that by the time your parents arrive it will be easy.
On the other hand, it is hard to find an easier airport and easier airport station than Schiphol just south of Amsterdam. The station is directly under the airport, in a tunnel, with lots of lifts (elevators) and escalators from the main airport concourse. Everything is in Dutch and English with plenty of pictographs, as is typical of the Netherlands.
How to get from Maastricht station to their hotel or the concert I don't know because we don't know either of those. Maastricht is a fairly compact city. Because of the closeness to Liege your parents may like to experience Liege Waffles.
We plan to fly into Amsterdam and take a company called DayTrip (kind of like Uber) over to Maastricht. We used DayTrip in Germany and was favorably impressed. They can meet your folks at the airport and drive them down to Maastricht . For an additional fee they can stop at some points of interest along the way.....I think the fare is around 200 Euro.
The train is €26.50 per person, takes under 3 hours including an easy 15 minute change in the very modern and fully elevatored Utrecht station. For the €200 quoted for the car trip just above you could take 7 and a half people by train. No temptation to tip either. Bet it is faster than driving too, when you consider meeting your driver, any toilet stops (both some food and lots of toilets on the train, and using them doesn't slow the trip down) and any traffic.
www.skyscanner.com will show flight possibilities, working backwards. Enter Maastricht as the first airport and United Kingdom as the arrival. It will show which (if any) airlines work the route.