Travel by plane

From the Munich Airport you can easily reach the Fairground Munich by public transportation or taxi services. For the complete flight schedule please visit

Transfer from Munich Airport to the Fairground Munich by public transportation

Public transportation is a quick and easy way from the airport to the fairground. The train station for the S1 and S8 municipal trains is located directly under the Central Area of the Munich Airport. Trains depart for downtown Munich every 10 minutes. You can choose one of the following routes:

Route S8 / U5 / U2
From the airport, take the S8 to "Ostbahnhof" (Munich East). Transfer to the underground line U5 (toward "Neuperlach Süd") and travel to the next station, "Innsbrucker Ring". Then, from the same platform, transfer to the U2 (toward "Messegelände"). Disembark at "Messestadt West" or "Messestadt Ost".
Travel time: approx. 46 min.

Route S8 / U2
From the airport, take the S8 to "Hauptbahnhof" (Munich central station). Transfer to the U2 underground line (toward "Messestadt Ost"). Disembark at "Messestadt West" or "Messestadt Ost".
Travel time: approx. 60 min.

Route S1 / U2
From the airport, take the S1 to "Feldmoching" or "Hauptbahnhof" (Munich central station). Transfer to the U2 underground line (towards "Messegelände"). Disembark at "Messestadt  West" or "Messestadt Ost". Travel time: approx. 65 min.

Information on ticket prices from Munich Airport to the Fairground Munich:

Transfer from Munich Airport to the fairground by taxi:
The one-way trip takes approximately 35 minutes, depending on traffic. Munich International Trade Fairs and the Munich taxi-owners' association have agreed to a fixed rate of 63,00 € (status as of 2017). This offer applies only to the most direct route between the airport and the trade-fair centre in kilometers. 

Taxis at the airport:
A sufficient number of taxis are available directly in front of the terminals.

Taxis at the Fairground Munich:
The taxi stand is located at the Entrance Northeast.

A sufficient number of taxis are available at all entrances of the fairground.

Travel by airport shuttle bus

There is a free shuttle bus between the airport and Entrance Northeast of the fairground. The shuttle bus stops at the airport are located directly in front of Terminal 1, section A and the MAC (Munich Airport Center) as well as Terminal 2.

Free airport shuttle to and from Entrance Northeast in 20 minute intervals.

Departure from airport:
Friday, 10 January 2020 08:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11 January 2020 08:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12 January 2020 08:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m

Departure from Fairground Munich (Entrance Northeast):
Friday, 10 January 2020 09:40 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11 January 2020 09:40 a.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12 January 2020 09:40 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.



Baggage Drop-Off free of charge

Exclusive service for exhibitors and visitors of the opti 2020, travelling with Lufthansa: baggage drop-off directly at the fairground from Friday, 10.01.2020, until Sunday, 12.01.2020. opti offers you in cooperation with Lufthansa to simply drop your luggage at the baggage drop-off counter (entrance north).

Check-in online for your Lufthansa flight* and Lufthansa will take your luggage to the airport for free! When you arrive at your final destination pick your luggage up at the baggage claim area as normal.

Please check in your luggage until 5 hours before departure at the latest.

*this service is available for the following flight numbers:

  • LH (Lufthansa)
  • OS (Austrian Airlines)
  • LX (Swiss)
  • SK (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • EN (Air Dolomiti)
  • LG (Luxair)
  • KM (Air Malta)
  • TP (TAP Portugal)
  • MS (Egyptair)
  • OU (Croatia Airlines)
  • JP (Adria Airways)
  • BM (BMI Regional)
  • LO (LOT Polish Airlines)

Travel by public transport

The public transport network takes exhibitors and visitors directly to the fairground of Messe München. With the underground train system, you can reach it from the city within 20 minutes. The U2 line (direction "Messestadt Ost") runs every 5 to 10 minutes. There will be a shuttle bus connection to Entrance North-East.

  • Please exit the train at "Messestadt West" for visiting halls C1-C3.
  • Please exit the train at "Messestadt Ost" for visiting halls C4-C6.

From there, shuttle services are running to the trade show entrances. 

We recommend the use of a Day Ticket: once devaluated you can travel the whole day - as an individual or in a group.

Travel by train

Munich is very easy to reach by train from all German cities as well as from a number of European metropolises. Comfortable, fast, safe and eco-friendly – German Rail takes you right into the centre of Munich.

Departing from Munich Central Station the U2 line runs in 10 minute-intervals (during big fairs and peak periods every 5 minutes) to the fairground.  The ride takes about 20 minutes. To get to opti, get off at "Messestadt West" or "Messestadt Ost. Subway shuttle busses run from there to the entrance Northeast.

Journey planner and Train schedule of Deutsche Bahn

Journey planner of MVV München

Travel by car

The Fairground Munich is located directly on the A94 motorway with two direct exits available. A dynamic traffic-guidance system regulates the flow of traffic, guides fair-going vehicles and directs trade fair visitors to the nearest available parking at the fairground.
Driving to the fairground with a navigation System: To get to the fairground, the destination address to enter is "An der Point".

Driving to the fairground with a navigation System
To get to the fairground, the destination address to enter into your navigation system is "An der Point".  

Depending on which navigation system you use, the fairground is listed under the categories "Exhibition Centre", "Trade Fair Centre" and under the German keyword "Messe".

Some navigation systems allow you to select the East, West or North Entrance of the fairground. In this case, you should be sure to select an entrance that is open during your event.

Car Park West
North West entrance )
North entrance
Paul-Henri-Spaak-Str. 6 Paul-Henri-Spaak-Str. 12
81829 München81829 München 

To get to the Administration Building of GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH, enter the address "Paul-Wassermann-Str. 5, 81829 München".

Parking at the Fairground Munich
The fairground has ample parking for exhibitors and visitors. In any case, the traffic guidance system will guide you to available parking.

Parking tariffs
Parking space P1 Nord: 10 €/day
Parking space West: 12 € per day
More information about parking

Important information about the low emission zone and requirement of emissions sticker in Munich

Ban on truck/lorry traffic in Munich
As part of the city of Munich's clean-air initiative, through traffic of trucks/lorries weighing more than 3.5 tons is no longer permitted in the city. The ban concept calls for through traffic of trucks/lorries to be diverted to the A99 motorway. Traffic will be diverted or rerouted by warning signs in outlying areas, by prohibitive signs within the city limits (sign with the addition "Lieferverkehr frei" (delivery vehicles only)) and by detour signs indicating the way to the nearest motorway.

Effect on vehicles making deliveries to the Fairground Munich:
The vehicle ban expressly permits delivery vehicles whose point of origin or destination is within Munich. As a result, deliveries to and from the fairground are not affected by the vehicle ban. However, trucks/lorries whose destinations are outside of Munich may not take the A94 motorway toward Munich when leaving the fairground because doing so would make them "through traffic".

Visa information

EU nationals, in general, do not require a visa, however most other non-German participants do.

Please follow this link to find out whether you will need a visa: German Federal Foreign Office

Those who need a visa must satisfy the visa requirements of their local German Embassy/Consulate including:

  • a confirmed travel booking, including flight, train and/or bus bookings, hotel reservation and health insurance 
  • a proof of purchase your online ticket to opti (one copy of the online ticket)

Therefore, all intended visitors should first buy a online ticket. Online order offers several cost and time saving benefits as described.

For visiting opti you do not need a visa invitation letter. Your embassy/consulate nevertheless requires an invitation letter? Here you can order a letter of invitation.

For information on visa applications please click here.

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