APEX & IRE shows: how to get to Maastricht
By Euan Youdale06 April 2023
APEX and IRE are taking place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, 6-8 June, and there are a range of ways of getting there.
Whether it be air, car, train or bus, travelling to the Maastricht Exhibition & Conference Centre (MECC), the relevant information is laid out at the show and exhibition centre websites.
The show has put on free shuttle buses from nearby city airports Dusseldorf and Brussels Zaventem (not Charleroi).
The buses start early on Monday 5 June - the day before the show - and run until the morning of 9 June, the day after the show. Visit the show website for the full bus timetables, and other travel-related information.
Visitors can also fly to Amsterdam Schiphol airport and then take a train to Maastricht or hire a car. The train journey takes 2.5 hours.
If you are going by car from Amsterdam-Eindhoven then take exit 55 (Randwyck-MECC), or if you are driving from Paris-Liège, take exit 56 (Gronsveld-MECC).
The estimated driving times from some of Europe’s major cities are as follows:
- Brussels: 1hr, 30 min
- Paris: 4hr, 30 min
- Luxembourg: 2hr, 10 min
- Frankfurt: 3hr, 20 min
- Cologne: 1hr 15 min
- Hanover: 4hr, 30 min
Maastricht-Randwyck station is located just 250m from the MECC, and is part of the national and international railway network. There are frequent trains to Maastricht Central Station, which is also linked to the national and international railway network.
For example, Eindhoven Airport is one hour away by train, Amsterdam - 2hrs 30 mins, Brussels Zaventem Airport - 1hr 15 mins, Düsseldorf Airport - 1hr,15 mins, and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport - 3hr, 30 mins.
A bus departs from Maastricht centre or Maastricht Central to MECC Maastricht every five minutes.
There is ample parking at the MECC Maastricht, which is all within a 10 minute walk. For parking information visit the MECC website.
Where to stay
If are you still looking for a hotel room in Maastricht, book your room through MECC Hotel Services. Thanks to MECC’s long-standing partnerships with hotels in the city and the surrounding area, it can offer the most competitive rates in the city.
Registration to both APEX and IRE is free ahead of the first day. Make sure you avoid paying at the gates by registering now. Register for IRE here, and for APEX here. Registration for one of the shows gives free access to both.
The European Rental Association (ERA) holds its annual convention on 7 and 8 June at the same MECC venue as IRE and APEX. Separate registration is required - for details and to register, visit here.