Messe Frankfurt is centrally located at the heart of Europe. In Frankfurt and its surroundings you will find a large selection of hotels. Here you will find the most important information about your arrival as well as tips for your stay.
Arrival to the exhibition center
Thanks to its excellent transport connections, Messe Frankfurt can be reached quickly and easily by air, train or car. Below you will find important information about your arrival as well as parking facilities.
Arriving by train and public transport
Frankfurt Central Station is only a few hundred metres away from Messe Frankfurt. The underground station there provides fast direct access with the S-Bahn suburban trains and U-Bahn underground trains.
From Frankfurt Central Station, you can get to the exhibition grounds:
By taking a taxi to the City/Festhalle entrance, the Portalhaus entrance, the Galleria entrance or to the entrance "Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage" (LEA)/Congress Center.
With the underground line 4 (in the direction of Bockenheimer Warte) one stop to “Festhalle/Messe”. Here you can reach directly the City/Festhalle entrance and the entrance "Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage" (LEA)/Congress Center.
With the S-Bahn suburban train S3 (in the direction of Bad Soden), S4 (in the direction of Kronberg), S5 (in the direction of Bad Homburg/Friedrichsdorf) or S6 (in the direction of Friedberg/Gross Karben) to the second stop, the S-Bahn station “ Frankfurt (Main) Messe”, then go to the “Torhaus” entrance.
With tram lines 16 and 17. You can reach the tram stop by going out the main exit of Frankfurt Central Station and crossing the station forecourt. The destination, “Festhalle/Messe” is the third stop. Here you can reach directly the City/Festhalle entrance and the entrance "Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage" (LEA)/Congress Center.
On foot in ten minutes along the street "Düsseldorfer Strasse" via "Platz der Republik" and "Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage". The pyramidal top of the Messeturm tower makes it easy to find your way. The City/Festhalle entrance and the entrance "Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage" (LEA)/Congress Center.
Your ticket entitles you to travel by public transport
Trade fair admission tickets that bear the symbol of the RMV network are also valid for travel on public transportation (except for admission vouchers and complimentary tickets). These include free travel to and from Messe Frankfurt on the public transportation network within the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) area. One-day tickets purchased at the ticket office are only valid for public transportation on the return journey from the trade fair. The online ticket can only be used in the RMV public transport network in connection with a valid ID card or passport. Admission vouchers exchanged online also entitle holders to travel free on the RMV network.
In addition, tickets for underground, light rail and tram travel are available at all RMV ticket machines.
- Arrival information (public transport) (pdf, 60 KB)
Arriving by plane
From Frankfurt Airport, you can take a taxi to one of three different entrances to the exhibition grounds: the City/Festhalle entrance, Galleria entrance or Portalhaus entrance.
From the airport, you can take the suburban train lines S8 or S9 (in the direction of Hanau or Offenbach Ost) to Frankfurt Central Station. Suburban train lines S3, S4, S5 and S6 will then take you directly to the trade fair grounds (station: “Frankfurt Messe”). Detailed information can be found in the section "Arriving by train and public transport".
The Messe Frankfurt shuttle bus runs from the bus station in Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1 via Terminal 2 to the exhibition grounds every 15 minutes. The journey takes approx. 15 minutes.
Arriving by car
As a transportation hub, Frankfurt am Main also has excellent motorway connections. Please follow the signs belonging to our integrated traffic management system – these will show you the shortest way to Messe Frankfurt.
If you will arrive with the caravan, we also offer parking spaces for caravans.
Parking for visitors
As visitor, you can park in the multi-storey car park "Rebstock". Our shuttle service will bring you from there directly to the exhibition grounds.
Parking for exhibitors
As exhibitors, you are entitled to park at the fair ground. Please book your parking permit in good time in the Shop for Exhibitor Services.
Parking for journalists
Journalists should enter the exhibition centre via Gate West and park on parking area P10. Please note that admission via Gate West is only possible with a parking permit. You will receive parking permit after completing your accreditation. In order to avoid longer waiting times at the Gate West, you can accredit yourself online in advance.
For your route planning
Simply enter the corresponding street name as your destination.
- Rebstock multi-storey car park: “Zum Messeparkhaus Rebstock”
- West Gate: “Strasse der Nationen”
- North Gate: “Katharinenkreisel” (please follow the signs from there)
- East Gate: “Brüsseler Strasse”*
- South Gate: “Europa-Allee” (please follow the signs from there)*
- Gates 8 and 9: “Katharinenkreisel” (please follow the signs from there)
Simply click on the corresponding link in order to transfer the geographic coordinates directly to Google Maps. Here, too, please remember to follow the signs to our gates and the multi-storey car park.
*Note regarding South and East Gates:
Construction works in the vicinity of Güterplatz/Europa-Allee have led to road closures and detours in Frankfurt city centre. Visitors who are arriving via the South Gate (Tor Süd) or East Gate (Tor Ost) are advised to seek out the latest information about the traffic situation.
More information on the VGF website
- Visitor parking (pdf, 844 KB)
- Arrival information (car) (pdf, 40 KB)
Accommodation in Frankfurt
Frankfurt plays host to the world. From guesthouses to luxury hotel suites, the right accommodation for any guest can be found here. with a total of 5,000 beds within a 15-minute walking distance of Messe Frankfurt.
Book your accommodation for your stay:
- Via Booking.com
- Via the Frankfurt Tourism office
- Via Perfect Meeting GmbH (ideal for groups)
Hotels in Frankfurt and surrounding area
You can reach us quickly from accommodations in the following red-marked locations.
Parking spaces without infrastructure (i.e. without electricity and water connections) are available in Messe Frankfurt’s visitor car parks for motorhomes.
You can find information about nearby campsites in Frankfurt here: Information on campsites in Frankfurt (via frankfurt-tourismus.de)
Information for your barrier-free trade fair visit
If you require someone to accompany you during your trade fair visit, he/she will be granted free admission upon presentation of your disability pass.
For your questions, suggestions or tips, our information hotline for people with disabilities is always at your disposal.
Phone + 49 69 75 75-69 99
- Mobility on the exhibition grounds (pdf, 162 KB)
Parking spaces for mobility-impaired visitors are available all over the exhibition grounds. People with a disabled parking pass or an “aG” type disability pass for severely impaired mobility are requested not to go to the Rebstock multi-storey car park but rather to the North Gate (Tor Nord), where our traffic attendants will provide them with a suitable parking space on the exhibition grounds.
Our information hotline can provide details about alternative parking options for visitors with restricted mobility who do not have an “aG” disability pass for severely impaired mobility. The hotline also provides information about special permits that are issued owing to specific conditions or on presentation of appropriate proof:
Phone + 49 69 75 75-69 99
Visiting the trade fair with an accompanying person
If you are a disabled visitor with an accompanying person, he or she is entitled to free admission to the trade fair. This is on condition that:
- You have purchased a ticket at the relevant admission price
- You have a B-type disability pass and/or depend on an accompanying person
This is valid for one accompanying person only and in connection with your admission ticket.
Wheelchair and mobility scooter loan service
During the trade fair, you have the option of borrowing wheelchairs and scooters for a deposit of 50 EUR from the Operation & Security Center (OSC) in hall 4 and in the clinic in hall 8.0.
We recommend that you phone in advance to make a reservation:
- Hall 4.0, OSC: +49 69 75 75-65 00
- Hall 8.0: +49 69 75 75-65 02
European disabled toilet key
All of the sanitation facilities for disabled people throughout the exhibition grounds have been equipped with European disabled toilet locks.
If you do not yet have a European disabled toilet key, please contact our hall personnel, who will be happy to unlock the WC for you.
Acquiring European disabled toilet keys
If you are entitled to a European disabled toilet key and would like to obtain one, there are two ways you can do so:
1. During the trade fair, you can purchase this key for 25 EUR from Messe Frankfurt’s Business Center (Torhaus, Level 3, +49 69 7575-13 91). This key is available on presentation of one of the following types of disability pass: aG, G, B, BL, 90 or 100 %. People suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis will also receive a key on presentation of a medical certificate.
Our information helpline for people with disabilities will be happy to provide you with more information: Phone +49 69 75 75-69 99 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2. During times when the trade fair is not taking place, you can obtain an European disabled toilet keys from the disabled organisation CBF in Darmstadt, which can dispatch them to addresses in Germany or abroad. CBF will be happy to answer your questions: Phone +49 61 51 81 220, e-mail: email@example.com
And in the evenings?
We have put together a few tips and helpful links for you to make your evening in Frankfurt after the trade fair closes as varied and inspiring as possible.Learn more