Our team finally got around to booking our airline tickets to Düsseldorf last week for the upcoming MEDICA & COMPAMED trade fairs. Based upon the record number of 450+ US companies that will be participating at the show this year, the transatlantic air carriers are probably going to be packing us in during the month of November. And despite having made this trip uncountable times, we always look forward to traveling over to Germany to provide our clients with the best trade show experience possible!
Also amusing to me is the time I got to Chicago O’Hare and Da Guy behind the check in counter stared back at me and said “dang ders sher alodda people gointa Doozeldorf disafternoon.” [Chicagospeak translation: Good gracious, I’ve observed that there are an unusually high number of our valued customers who are traveling this afternoon to Duesseldorf, Germany.]
|So we all squeeze place ourselves into our seats next to the NFL Wide Receiver and behind the group of 18 squirrely and overly-excited high school exchange students, and off we go to enjoy our in-flight dinner of chicken or pasta and try and get a nap before hitting the ground running and starting a solid week of work, and over-nighting in tiny overpriced hotel rooms.
Of course I jest, sort of, but truth is – heading to Duesseldorf needn’t be some overpriced chore. With just a little bit of advance planning, you’ll find that getting there, staying there, and yes – enjoying the local culture after the show closes each evening can be rather enjoyable!
BOOK YOUR AIRFARE
Reaching Düsseldorf by air from the United States and Canada is simple. The city’s Rhein-Ruhr International Airport is one of Germany’s busiest and most modern. Nearly 80 airlines offer more than 1,500 flight connections each week from around the world. Numerous direct flights operate to or from the United States daily. SAVINGS TIPS: Shop around, book early, select discount carriers, or book flights that require a transfer at a hub airport.
BOOK YOUR HOTEL
In general, the earlier you book a hotel room, the better. Messe Düsseldorf North America's official travel agency is able to provide you with comprehensive and competitively priced hotel arrangements for your trip to Düsseldorf. SAVINGS TIPS: Hotels outside of Duesseldorf tend to be less expensive than those within the city itself. B&B’s (known in Germany as Pensionen) tend to be less expensive than hotels. And sometimes private residences or corporate apartments are available for rent that can accommodate groups of three or more persons.
The Düsseldorf subway tramlines U78 and U79, and bus lines 722 and 896, provide service directly to the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds can also be easily be reached by taxi or private vehicle. If you plan to drive, take the A44 highway westward from the A3 highway and follow Messe Düsseldorf’s own access road to its large-scale parking lots, equipped with 20,000 parking spaces. Complimentary shuttle buses will take you from the parking lots to all entrances and back within a few short minutes. SAVINGS TIPS: Your exhibitor pass and/or your admission ticket doubles as your ticket for travel within Düsseldorf’s regional public transportation network!
Messe Düsseldorf and the VRR / VRS (Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Sieg Regional Public Transportation Network) offer exhibitors and visitors the option of taking the subway, tram, bus, or regional train (2nd class), throughout the entire VRR (and depending on the show, VRS) zones at no additional cost.
As you can see, there are many ways to get there, stay there, and travel around. Perhaps some of you may have tips and pointers of your own – we’d welcome your comments and tips to share!