Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Our Chicago based office will gladly assist you in planning your trade show visit. If you have questions about online registration, hotel choices, restaurant options or what to expect in Cologne or on site – we are here to help! For questions please call us at (773) 326-9920.

Entrance Passes

Admission tickets for our events can be conveniently ordered via the Koelnmesse E-Ticket Shop. The Ticket Shop for each of our industry events is activated 6-8 weeks prior to show opening. Note: Admission tickets only provide access to the event; Koelnmesse does not provide name badges. To identify yourself on the show floor we recommend bringing your own corporate name tag. Once you open the link, please follow the registration & ticket ordering instructions. When using our automated system, please have your credit card information available.

Please click here for a list of all Koelnmesse Shows.

Travel Information

Have questions on entry into Germany?  Please use the following links to find more information:

Visa Regulations

Requirements / Exemptions For Entry into the Germany

Numerous flights from North America operate on a daily basis with service to Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Brussels or Amsterdam. Cologne’s airport is currently not serviced from destinations in North America. The most convenient connection is available via the Frankfurt Airport. From here, high-speed trains take less than 1 hour to reach the Cologne fairgrounds. As an alternate option, we recommend flying into Düsseldorf and taking public transportation to Cologne.




German Railway:  Cologne has 2 train stations – “Koeln Hauptbahnhof”, which is the main station, and “Koeln Messe/Deutz”, which is in front of the fairground. All trains stop at both stations. For connections and time tables visit

Via Car: Ten highways lead to Cologne. Roads to the fairground are well marked. Look for “Green Traffic Road Signs” pointing to Koelnmesse and its 14,500 parking spaces. Free shuttle buses take you to the entrance areas.
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Special VIP Programs

VIP visitor management for the food, food technology and furniture sectors includes developing special programs for key decision makers and senior management executives from the U. S., Canada and Mexico who are conducting business at our shows in Cologne. The program typically includes exclusive perks such as free admission, VIP lounge access, concierge services and selected VIP attendee activities through the VIP Buyer Program. We also offer programs for multipliers, associations, media and other industry leaders. Please contact Leslie Fleck, our Chicago-based Visitor Manager, VIP Accounts, for further details.