Arrival & Parking
You can reach the Karlsruhe Trade Fair quickly and directly by any means – whether by car, train, bus or plane.
Arrival by Car
Simply enter "Messe Karlsruhe, 76287 Rheinstetten, Messeallee 1" into your navigation system.
- Take the motorway exit "Karlsruhe Süd" from the A5/A8
- From the A65/B10 turn off at junction 8 "Karlsruhe-Mühlburg" onto the B36.
Driving into Karlsruhe city centre: Information on the low emission zone
The city of Karlsruhe has adopted an air pollution control and action plan to reduce particulate matter pollution in accordance with European and federal regulations. This stipulates that from 1 January 2009 only motor vehicles with modern exhaust technology are allowed to drive on roads in the precisely defined low emission zone. These vehicles must have a so-called emissions sticker attached to the windscreen. Anyone driving a car without a sticker may have to pay a fine of €63.50 and receive a penalty point in the driving offence register in Flensburg. This regulation affects the Congress Centre (Stadthalle, Schwarzwaldhalle, Konzerthaus, Gartenhalle and Festplatz) and the Europahalle. The Karlsruhe exhibition site is outside of the low emissions zone and is therefore not governed by these regulations. Should you need to drive into the low emission zone, we suggest buying a sticker at one of the issuing offices (vehicle registration authority, TÜV, DEKRA, GTÜ, AUKFZ workshops, citizens' services). You will need to show your vehicle registration documents.
Arrival by Train and Public Transport
Karlsruhe is a hub for ICE (InterCity Express), InterCity, EuroCity and InterRegio connections and lies directly on the ICE route from Hamburg to Basel via Frankfurt. The west-east axis from Karlsruhe to Munich via Stuttgart also starts from here. From Paris, it only takes around three hours to reach Karlsruhe by TGV.
From the main station, take line 3 in the direction of Heide or line 4 towards Waldstadt to the Europaplatz stop, change there to the S2 towards Rheinstetten and get off at the Messe/Leichtsandstraße stop. From the city centre, you can take the S2 towards Rheinstetten all the way to the Messe/Leichsandstraße stop. Tickets from tariff zone 100 are valid as far as the Messe/Leichtsandstraße stop during events and on trade fair days. You can find further information on departure times and prices at Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) .
During the trade fair from April 26 to 29, a shuttle bus will run between Karlsruhe Central Station and the trade fair grounds. You can find the corresponding timetable here: Timetable Shuttle-Bus (PDF, 188 kB)
Arrival by Plane
The nearest German airports are Frankfurt/Main, Stuttgart and Baden-Baden.
- It takes just under 60 minutes to get to Karlsruhe Main Station on the InterCity Express (ICE) from Frankfurt International Airport. See below for information on the Bahnhof-Messe city shuttle to the trade fair.
- Individual transfer is available from Baden Airport. A pre-ordered taxi costs between €75 and €85 one way.
When ordering, please note that you must give the name, mobile number, flight number and arrival time of the person requiring the transfer!
To order please contact the taxi company on 0721-944 144
At the exhibition grounds, you will find a total of 7,000 car parking spaces across 3 car parks along with a VIP/press car park. There are parking spaces available for people with disabilities in the first rows in car park P1. You will also find the parking spaces with e-charging stations in car park P1 near the entrance to the administration building.