Thanks to its excellent transport connections and central location at the heart of Europe, Messe Frankfurt can be reached quickly and easily by air, train or car.
Our travel tips show the best way to reach Messe Frankfurt regardless of which events are currently being held. Details on travelling to trade fairs, concerts and congresses can be found on the websites of the events themselves.
The Messeturm tower, which can be seen from afar, is a good way of getting your bearings – the offices of our colleagues at Digital Products & Web Solutions are located here. Our Torhaus administration and service building has a central location on our exhibition grounds and at the Frankfurt (Main) Messe suburban rail (S-Bahn) station.
Travelling from the airport
From Frankfurt Airport, it is a 15-minute journey by car or taxi to the exhibition grounds, arriving at the City Entrance/Festhalle (“Eingang City/Festhalle”), Galleria Entrance (“Eingang Galleria”) or Portalhaus Entrance (“Eingang Portalhaus”) or at the Congress Center and Kap Europa.
From the airport, you can take the S-Bahn suburban train lines S8 or S9 (in the direction of Hanau or Offenbach Ost) to Frankfurt Central Station ("Hauptbahnhof"). Suburban train lines S3, S4, S5 and S6 will then take you directly to the trade fair grounds (station: “Frankfurt (Main) Messe”). Detailed information about public transport can be found at the link at the end of the page: Arrival by train and public transport
For many trade fairs, 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.
Travelling from Frankfurt Central Station
Frankfurt Central Station is only a few hundred metres away from Messe Frankfurt. The underground station there provides fast direct access with the suburban trains (S-Bahn) and underground trains (U-Bahn). In addition, you can switch to a tram or taxi once you arrive at the Central Station. If you prefer to walk, this should take around 10 minutes.
You can take a taxi directly to the City Entrance/Festhalle, the Portalhaus Entrance, Galleria Entrance or to the Congress Center and Kap Europa.
By underground train (U-Bahn)
With the underground line 4 (in the direction of Bockenheimer Warte), it is one stop until Festhalle/Messe, where you will find the City Entrance (Eingang City), the Festhalle, the Congress Center and the Kap Europa congress centre.
By suburban train (S-Bahn)
You can take any of four different suburban train lines: 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). You need to get off at the second stop, the Frankfurt (Main) Messe station, and should then go to the Torhaus entrance.
This is a 10-minute walk from Düsseldorfer Strasse via Platz der Republik and Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage. The pyramidal top of the Messeturm tower will help you to find your bearings. Just a short walk away, you will find the City Entrance (Eingang City), Festhalle, Congress Center and Kap Europa congress centre.
Coming from the motorway
As a transportation hub, Frankfurt 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.
Ample parking is available for Messe Frankfurt events. When the Rebstock multi-storey car park is in operation, our shuttle service will bring you from there directly to the exhibition grounds.
Information for concert and event visitors and for congress and conference participants: There is ample parking available (subject to a fee) in a number of public multi-storey car parks a short walk away from the Congress Center, the Festhalle and the Kap Europa congress centre. For example:
- Congress Center Messe Frankfurt/ Maritim Hotel
- Westend Gate / Marriott Hotel
- Skyline Plaza
- Hotel Mövenpick
More information on this can be found on the individual event websites: Go to event search
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
Coming from the city by bicycle
You can also reach Messe Frankfurt very easily by bicycle.
As cycling is not permitted on the exhibition grounds during event times, we would ask you to park your bicycle at one of the indicated parking areas. These can be found at the City entrance, at the entrance to the Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage building (located near Congress Center and Festhalle) and at the Messeturm tower. Directly in front of the Kap Europa, additional bike parking spaces are available.
Bicycle parking spaces inside the grounds are provided outside event times.
We would ask you to be particularly careful during set-up and dismantling times, as there is likely to be increased traffic, including forklifts, etc.
The provisions of the German Road Traffic Regulations (StVO) are applicable throughout the exhibition grounds.
- Arrival information (public transport) (pdf, 60 KB)
- Visitor parking (pdf, 844 KB)
- Arrival information (car) (pdf, 42 KB)