Fairgrounds map & Travel information

Whether you travel to the fair with public transportation or by plane, train or automobile: digitalBAU is always quick and easy to reach.

Fairgrounds map of digitalBAU

Get a first impression of the digitalBAU exhibition grounds. Detailed information on the halls, exhibitors and products on display at the trade fair can be found under Hall plan.

Terrain situation 2024, subject to change
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Terrain situation 2024, subject to change

By public transportation

Arriving by tram or underground, lines 1 and 9: “Bahnhof Deutz” station. From the platform at this station, follow the signs for the entrance west.

Further information from the Cologne local public transport network

For moving around the city, public transport is by far the best option. The local public transport network is called KVB.

To KVB Colgne

By car

Ten major highways connect to the autobahn ring around Cologne. Once on the ring, your route to the exhibition center is direct – no traffic lights, no junctions. Just follow the signs for “Koelnmesse”. Around the exhibition center itself a dynamic traffic routing system directs you straight to the parking areas.

Address of exhibition center: Messeplatz 1, 50679 Köln, Entrance: West

Paid parking is available in P4.

Vehicle admission for visitors

Guide NUNAV Navigations-App

Important note for exhibitors! For security reasons, vehicle access to the site during set-up and dismantling is restricted. Drivers must present a work permit. Work permits can be ordered free of charge in the Exhibitor Shop.

By train

By rail with Deutsche Bahn, “Köln Messe/Deutz” station (distance from Koelnmesse: approx. 300 m.). We recommend you get out at the “Köln Messe/ Deutz” station. From here, then follow the signs to get to the entrance west.

Book a train ticket here*

Destination station: “Köln Messe/Deutz” (distance from Koelnmesse: approx. 300 m.)

DB Special: Your Event Ticket* at a fixed price

Further information on Deutsche Bahn (DB) Sepcials can be found here ahead of the event.

By plane

The Cologne/Bonn airport is just 60 minutes flying time away from major European cities such as Copenhagen, Munich, Milan and Zurich. The exhibition center is easy and quick to reach from the airport.

Book your air travel here*

Destination: Cologne (then take a taxi to the entrance west)

Find flight to Cologne/Bonn airport

Special Lufthansa Group Airlines fares
Logos of the airlines Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS

The Lufthansa Group airlines bring people together—every day, all around the world. The global route network of Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings offers optimal connection and combination options, so you will benefit from quick and direct flights to the event.

Further information special Lufthansa Group Airlines fares can be found here ahead of the event.

Visa service for digitalBAU participants

For residents of all countries where a visa is required to enter the Federal Republic of Germany, we set up our own visa service.

Generally speaking, residents of countries in the EU do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Important information

To ensure you obtain your visa before the trade fair starts, we recommend that you submit your visa application in due time. Applications can be made as early as three months before the time of entry.

An up-to-date list of all countries that do and do not require a visa is available from the German Foreign Office. Specific visa requirements for your country can be found on the websites of the German Missions abroad.

Official invitation letter from the trade fair organizer

In a directive transmitted per e-mail in July 2013, the German Foreign Office has informed the German Embassy and Consulate Visa Sections all over the world that in general, an official invitation letter from the trade fair organizer is no longer required when applying for a trade fair visa. Moreover, visa fees are waived for exhibitors at German trade fairs.

When applying for your visa, simply refer to this information. In case the visa section responsible for issuing your visa should nonetheless request that an official invitation letter be presented, please send an e-mail to:

Additional information about visa procedures, requirements for the issue of visas, visa fees and application forms are available in different languages on the webpage “Visa requirements” of the Foreign Office, as well as the respective websites of the embassies and consulates.

Do you have futher questions regarding your visa application?

Then please contact the Messe München foreign representative in your country. Or you can contact our visa service (e-mail: directly.

digitalBAU visitor hotline

Do not hesitate to call our visitor hotline if you have any questions regarding your trade-fair visit.

Messe München GmbH
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