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Travel by plane

The airport connects Stuttgart directly to over 140 national and international destinations. The airport terminals are approx. 200 metres from the trade fair site and can easily be reached on foot. There you also find the suburban railway lines (S-Bahn) S2 and S3 to Stuttgart central railway station.

For more information and the complete flight schedule please visit or download the route map of Stuttgart airport with a complete list of all destinations. 

Travel by public transport

The new Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre and the ICS are ideally linked to the public transport network. You can reach the trade fairgrounds easily by bus or S-Bahn (suburban train lines S2 and S3).

Travelling time from Stuttgart main station to the Trade Fair Centre is 27 minutes. Further information on:

Travel by car

The New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre is located directly next door to Stuttgart Airport. Please follow the signs towards Stuttgart Airport. The Trade Fair Centre is directly connected to the A8 motorway and the B27 trunk road.

Parking at Stuttgart Airport

Parking at Stuttgart Trade Fair

Overwiew of parking spaces at Stuttgart Traid Fair

Stuttgart city is an environmental zone. Only vehicles displaying a green sticker are permitted within this zone.

Messe Stuttgart is outside the city precincts.

Therefore you do not need an environmental sticker when you visit a trade fair or conference. If you plan to visit the city afterwards or stay in the city overnight, you will require an emissions sticker for your vehicle.

The emissions sticker can be ordered directly from the German TÜV.

Travel by train

Stuttgart Main Station is located in the city centre around 13 kilometres from Stuttgart Airport / New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre. Travelling time to the main station is 27 minutes by suburban train lines S2 and S3.

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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