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Thanks to its central and convenient location in Europe, visitors can reach Koelnmesse quickly by car, train, airplane and public transport from many cities in Germany and abroad. This page also informs you about all relevant details concerning road traffic around the fair grounds.

All information is summarised in a PDF.

Tips and notes on arrival

Arrival by car

Ten motorways are linked with the motorway ring around Cologne. This leads you directly to the fair grounds without being held up by crossroads or traffic lights. Simply follow the green "Koelnmesse" signs.

There are approximately 14,500 car parking spaces on the fair grounds. The respective trade fair will be displayed to the visitors in the dynamic display field on the signposts. Arrows will show the way to the nearest car park. The car parks are optimally connected to our entrances. You can reach the exhibition halls by foot or using the free shuttle buses.

Note regarding the environmental zone.
The majority of the city area of Cologne is an environmental zone, into which only vehicles of pollutant groups 4 with a corresponding green environmental sticker have been able to enter since July 2013. The entrance to Koelnmesse, however, is also secured for all vehicles without stickers. Please find the entrance route without sticker in the arrival map (.pdf) .

Trade fair participants from Germany and abroad with the correspondingly equipped vehicles can receive the environmental stickers from (only in German language)

Arrival per Deutsche Bahn (German railway company)

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Koelnmesse can be reached from many cities in and outside of Germany with Deutsche Bahn (German railway company) trains. In addition, the ICE train station Köln Messe/Deutz is located right next to the fair grounds.

Deutsche Bahn offers a best price offer for Koelnmesse events: With a valid event ticket you can travel to the fair grounds from every DB station for a nationwide fixed price. Possible up to 3 months before the event.
Only bookable via this link

  • Ticket and one-way journey with train connection (as long as stocks last): 2nd Class EUR 49.50, 1st Class EUR 79.50
  • Ticket and one-way journey without train connection (always available): 2nd Class EUR 69.50, 1st Class EUR 99.50
  • Reservation by phone via the service number +49 (0)1806-311153 on stating the keyword "Koelnmesse" and credit card details (Mon.-Sat. 08:00 - 10:00 p.m., 20 Cent per call from a German landline, max. 60 Cent from the mobile network)

Note: Please note that the admission ticket for the trade fair is not included in the price of the journey. The prices do not apply for the Thalys. On booking, the contract agreement becomes valid directly exclusively with the Deutsche Bahn AG. Koelnmesse is not a contract partner. Koelnmesse GmbH is also not the travel agent in the sense of §§ 651a of the German Civil Code. The general terms and conditions of the Deutsche Bahn AG apply. A liability of Koelnmesse is excluded.

Arrival with the local public transport network

The following local public transport stops are located within walking distance of the fair grounds.

Entrance South:

  • Suburban train stop "Köln Messe/Deutz": Numbers S6, S11, S12, S13
  • Tram and underground stop "Köln Messe/Deutz (Underground) Station": Numbers 1 and 9

Entrances East, West, North:

  • Tram and underground stop "Köln Messe/Deutz": Numbers 3 and 4

Your admission ticket as a public transport ticket (VRS):
In addition to your admission ticket, you will receive your public transport ticket in a separate e-mail. Please print this PDF file out in A4 format and bring it with you to the trade fair. The public transport ticket only entitles you to travel to and from Koelnmesse over the period of the trade fair (2nd class) using the extended network of the Rhine-Sieg transport system ( VRS ).

Exception: For gamescom also valid for the Rhein-Ruhr transport network ( VRR ).

Exempted are Deutsche Bahn AG trains that are subject to a supplementary charge (e.g. IC/EC or ICE trains). Only valid in connection with valid photo identification and an admission ticket of Koelnmesse GmbH.

Arrival by plane

The Airport Cologne/Bonn can be reached by plane in about 60 minutes from many European cities such as Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Prague, London, Munich, Milan and Zurich. You can reach the fair grounds directly and quickly from there - the Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Brussels airports are also connected directly via the ICE high-speed rail network.

Reductions with the Lufthansa Group
The Lufthansa Group offers you a global network and exclusive prices and conditions as a trade fair visitor. Please enter the booking code for the desired trade fair from the following table under the following link. Note: Allow pop-ups in order to reach the booking.

Lufthansa booking link

The reduced tariffs can also be purchased from IATA travel agencies. Travel agencies have the possibility to request ticketing instructions by indicating the access code via e-mail to .

Taxi / taxi app

TAXI-RUF Cologne is available on +49 221 2882 for your arrival/departure by taxi. Taxis are available at our entrances for your departure.

It is also possible to book conveniently using the following taxi apps:

Construction measures in front of the South Halls

For the duration of the construction measures of the trade fair city of Cologne, a new stairway leads over the Barmer Straße to Entrance South and enables access to our grounds via the Southern Entrance.

The very good arrival options using the local and long-distant transport networks are still available. As usual, shuttle buses and taxes will be available in direct proximity to the Köln Messe/Deutz Station.

Contact and address

Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1, 50679 Köln
Tel. +49 221 821 3998
Write an e-mail