Getting there

Travel by train, car or plane to EAES2024 in Maastricht, the Netherlands

MECC Maastricht

Prof. Nicole Bouvy, EAES 2024 Congress President

Maastricht, once founded by the Romans, is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and picturesque surroundings and holds a unique place in European history. It was in this very city that the Maastricht Treaty, a landmark agreement that paved the way for the creation of the European Union, was signed in 1992. As we gather here to explore the latest advancements in minimal invasive surgery, we are reminded of the spirit of collaboration and unity that Maastricht embodies—a spirit that aligns perfectly with the goals of our congress.

Travel Information

The 32nd international EAES Congress is taking place at the MECC in Maastricht, the Netherlands. This is an accessible location whether you are travelling by air, train, public transport or car. Maastricht is located in the south of the Netherlands, close to the border with Belgium and Germany. From these countries, as well as from the UK, France, Switserland and Austria the best way to travel is probably by train or car.
For more information on accessibility of the MECC, please click here.

There are several possibilities to get to Maastricht which we will list here.

  • Via the website GoToMaastricht you can book your transfer with a taxi company
  • Via the MECC congress venue website Accessibility & Parking | MECC Maastricht you can check and assess several options
  • If you land on Maastricht – Aachen airport, it will take about 15 minutes to the MECC congress venue, either by bus or taxi
  • A free shuttle service is provided from Dusseldorf and Brussel airport. Click here for the details.
Arriving by train

MECC Maastricht is a five minute walk (250 meters) from the Randwyck train station, from which you can reach the following travel destinations by train:

  • Maastricht Central Station: Two minutes
  • Eindhoven Airport: One hour
  • Amsterdam (Schiphol Airport): Two and a half hours
  • Brussels Zaventem Airport: One hour and 15 minutes
  • Brussels Charleroi Airport: One hour
  • Cologne Airport: One hour
  • Düsseldorf Airport: One hour and 15 minutes
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: Three and a half hours
  • London Heathrow Airport: Six hours in combination with an international train journey. Click here for additional information

Plan your trip by using the 9292 app.

Arriving by plane

MECC Maastricht is accessible from a large number of international airports:

  • Maastricht-Aachen Airport, 15 km
  • Düsseldorf Airport, 112 km. Click here for additional information
  • Eindhoven Airport, 98 km. Click here for additional information
  • Brussels Charleroi Airport, 113 km
  • Cologne-Bonn Airport, 118 km

Intercontinental airports:

  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, 219 km. Click here for additional information
  • Brussels Zaventem Airport, 118 km. Click here for additional information
Arriving by car

The MECC is easily accessible by car. The MECC has a total of 2,200 parking spaces and 26 charging stations for electric cars.

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.
The conference center is just off the E25/A2 motorway. Take the Randwyck/MECC/AZM exit and follow the signs for MECC or MECC Parking.

Parking at MECC Maastricht is € 4,00 per hour or part thereof, with a maximum of € 19,00 per calendar day. Parking is free when you leave the car park within 30 minutes.
For more information please visit: Accessibility & Parking | MECC Maastricht

Free shuttle service

Please book the free shuttle service in advance via https://gotomaastricht.eu/eaes24/.
Please note that the free shuttle is only provided on the below mentioned dates and times. It is possible to book a shuttle at any other time at your own expenses.

Tuesday 11th June at 15:00 and 19:00
From Düsseldorf Airport to Maastricht
From Brussels Airport to Maastricht

Thursday 13th June at 19:00
From Maastricht to Düsseldorf Airport
From Maastricht to Brussels Airport

Friday 14th June at 11:00 and 15:00
From Maastricht to Düsseldorf Airport
From Maastricht to Brussels Airport

Congress venue

MECC Maastricht
Forum 100, 6229 GV Maastricht
The Netherlands

Additional information

From Amsterdam Schiphol airport, The Netherlands to Maastricht by train

The best way to get from Schiphol to Maastricht is via train. There is a train station at Schiphol where you can take a train to Maastricht central station. This will take almost 3 hours. We advise you to take the train which only requires one transfer (in Utrecht central).  
From Maastricht central you need to take a taxi to the MECC which will take about 10 minutes. Alternatively you take a connecting local train to station Randwyck which is right next to the MECC and the Maastricht university hospital.

From Brussels Zaventem airport, Belgium to Maastricht by train

There is a train station at Zaventem. It will take you almost 3,5 hours with 2 transfers (in Breda and Eindhoven).
From Maastricht central you need to take a taxi to the MECC which will take about 10 minutes. Alternatively you take a connecting local train to station Randwyck which is right next to the MECC and the Maastricht university hospital.

From Düsseldorf airport, Germany to Maastricht by train

There is a train station at Düsseldorf airport. It will take you just over 2,5 hours with 3 transfers (in Düsseldorf central, Venlo and Roermond).
From Maastricht central you need to take a taxi to the MECC which will take about 10 minutes. Alternatively you take a connecting local train to station Randwyck which is right next to the MECC and the Maastricht university hospital.

From Eindhoven airport, The Netherlands to Maastricht by train

There is no train station at Eindhoven airport but you will take the airport bus to Eindhoven central station. There you will take the train to Maastricht. It will take you, including the bus, 1 hours and 45 minutes and 1 transfer in Sittard.
From Maastricht central you need to take a taxi to the MECC which will take about 10 minutes. Alternatively you take a connecting local train to station Randwyck which is right next to the MECC and the Maastricht university hospital.

From London St. Pancras station to Maastricht by train

In London you can take the Eurostar train at St. Pancras station. It will take you to Maastricht, with a transfer in Brussels. This will take you about 5 hours.
From Maastricht central you need to take a taxi to the MECC which will take about 10 minutes. Alternatively you take a connecting local train to station Randwyck which is right next to the MECC and the Maastricht university hospital.