Travel & Accommodation
for the IAW
Information on travel to and from Cologne

The PDF here from Koelnmesse gives an overview of connections to and from Cologne.

Arriving by public transport

An excellent offer: use environment-friendly transport and relax while you travel. Get the best price ticket with Deutsche Bahn.
That special extra for you. Your Event Ticket at a single nationwide price, available at every DB station.

Event Ticket for a single journey, for use only on one specific connection (subject to availability):

First class 84.90 €
Second class 51.90 €

Event Ticket for single journey, for use on all connections (always available):

First class 106.90 €
Second class 72.90 €

(This offer is valid until 10.12.2023)

Book your ticket online to get the guaranteed best price. Deutsche Bahn will provide you with an overview of all rail services on the route you're interested in.

Arriving by car

Ten highways lead into Cologne’s beltway, which brings you directly to the Exhibition Center without junctions or traffic lights. Simply follow the green signs marked “Koelnmesse”.

The address for your navigation device (GPS):

Street: Deutz-Mülheimer Str.
Parking Spot: P 21
ZIP Code: 50679
City: Köln

Information about the emission sticker

For the journey to the fairground Cologne no environmental badge is required! But if you plan to drive into the inner city area, you must first buy an environmental badge. Click here to see in which regions the environmental badge is required.

Traffic calendar (only in German)

Arriving by car

Your fast way to IAW 2024 with NUNAV – the free, innovative navigation app

Please scan the QR code on the left with your mobile device. Afterwards you will be automatically redirected to download the navigation app NUNAV from your app store (Android or iOS) free of charge.

Arriving by plane

Cologne-Bonn Airport can be reached by plane in about 60 minutes from many major European cities, such as Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Prague, London, Munich, Milan, and Zurich. The Exhibition Center can be reached quickly and easily from the airport. In addition, high-speed ICE trains connect the airports in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Brussels directly to the Exhibition Center.

Intercity Express, regional and suburban trains depart regularly from Cologne-Bonn Airport and stop directly at the Exhibition Center station Köln-Deutz.

Hotel booking

Book hotel rooms at top conditions in selected partner hotels of Koelnmesse. Please make your reservation as early as possible, as there are other parallel events at the Exhibition Grounds in Cologne.

Please be informed that we work only with the official Koelnmesse accommodation agency.
Other agencies that contact you may be a scam and will do aggressive (phone) marketing, so we do recommend to be cautious!

VISA applications

Please inform yourself in good time before the start of the event about the entry regulations that apply to you. Make sure you obtain the official written invitation from IAW-Messe from us as you will need to submit this together with your visa application.

Once you have sent us your personal details, we will send you the letter of invitation by email.

Official VISA conditions and details

General information

For trade visitors it is not permitted to enter the halls with big or heavy luggage. Please leave your bags or suitcases at the cloakroom. You may use cabin size luggage, bags or small backpacks (up to 55 x 40 x 20 cm).

Smoking ban

Please remember that smoking is not permitted in public areas by law, which includes the IAW exhibition halls. There are covered designated smoking areas next to each hall. Feel free to use them. Thank you for your cooperation!


We regret to inform you that animals may not be brought into the Exhibition Center anywhere.

House rules

The house rules of koelnmesse apply.

Opening hours

For exhibitors: 7 am – 7 pm,
For visitors: 9 am – 6 pm,
On third day until 5 pm

The tickets are only available online.

The sale of admission tickets ends on the first and second day at 5.30 pm and at 4.30 pm on the third day.

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