Bookable now: travel packages and services in Cologne
Exhibitors and visitors can book rooms in one of over 70 Koelnmesse GmbH partner hotels using the www.ids-cologne.de homepage. But they also have access to travel packages (flight, hotel and hire car) as well as services in Cologne. These include transfers, city tours or admission tickets to cultural events, which are available at reduced prices.
Discover Cologne – individual events around the cathedral city
Cologne has more to offer: Make use of your trip to IDS and discover the metropolis on the Rhine with friends, customers and colleagues, for example with “koelnkultur” – the Cologne rally with anecdotes and stories about the city. Take a look behind the scenes of the media city, or relax on a cheerful tour through Cologne’s world-famous breweries. And discover the secret of Cologne’s native drink – Kölsch.
Best connections to the fourth-largest trade fair centre in the world
Anyone arriving by train can step out right into the midst of the action from the station Köln Messe/Deutz. Köln Messe/Deutz station is located within the grounds of the trade fair centre. The new southern entrance to Koelnmesse is only a few steps away. The trade fair centre is very well connected to public transport routes. Visitors, exhibitors and journalists can also use their admission ticket, their ID or their accreditation to get free travel on Rhein-Sieg public transport (VRS). For those arriving by car, ten motorways lead to Cologne's motorway ring road. This is equipped with a dynamic traffic guidance system which guides drivers in comfort to one of Koelnmesse’s almost 15,000 parking spaces.
Travel by road or rail straight to the world's fourth-largest exhibition centre
Participants arriving by rail can get off the train right at the doorstep of the exhibition centre. The Köln Messe/Deutz station is just a few steps away from the new Koelnmesse Entrance South. It's also quick to use public transport in and around Cologne, as the exhibition centre is easy to reach by bus, tram and train. Holders of exhibitor passes, admission tickets or journalist accreditation are entitled to free-of-charge travel within the area covered by the Rhine-Sieg Transport Authority (VRS). Those who wish to or have to travel by car will also be able to reach the trade fair without any problems, as ten motorways lead into Cologne's motorway ring. The ring is equipped with a dynamic signposting system that directs drivers straight to Koelnmesse and almost 15,000 parking spaces.
Cologne-Bonn Airport is just a 15-minute train ride away
Cologne is particularly easy and convenient to reach by air from all of Europe's major cities. It takes only about one hour to fly to Cologne-Bonn Airport from Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Prague, London, Munich, Milan and Zurich. Local trains run directly from the airport to the exhibition centre every 20 minutes; the journey time is 15 minutes. Many trade fair participants will benefit from attractively priced travel deals, as Cologne-Bonn Airport has become a hub for several no-frills airlines over the last few years. A number of airlines currently connect Cologne to around 85 European cities at low prices, and this number is increasing. Germanwings and Hapag-Lloyd Express offer German exhibitors and visitors several flights a day to and from Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Dresden. The following list includes some of the airlines that connect Cologne with a total of 120 destinations. (All of the airlines regularly add new destinations to their schedules, so it's worth checking their websites from time to time.)
Air Berlin : Tel : +49  1801 / 737 800. Internet : www.airberlin.com
dba : Tel : +49  1805 / 932 322. Internet : www.flydba.com
easyJet : Tel : +49  1803 / 654 321. Internet : www.easyjet.com
Germanwings : Tel : +49 1805 / 955 855. Internet : www.germanwings.com
Hapag-Lloyd-Express : Tel : +49  180 / 509 3 509. Internet : www.hlx.com
InterSky : Internet : www.intersky.biz.
Lufthansa : Tel : +49  1803-803 803. Internet : www.lufthansa.com