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General Information

When will IFA 2019 take place?

From 6to 11 September 2019 in Berlin.

What are the opening hours of IFA?

IFA is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Trade visitors can enter the International Trade Visitor Reception starting at 8 a.m.

How many times has the IFA taken place?

2019 the 59th IFA will take place.

What is the exact address of the Berlin Exhibition Site?

Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin, Germany

What is the exact address of the Berlin Exhibition Site?

Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin, Germany

Who is the organizer of IFA?

IFA is organized by The German Association for Entertainment and Communications Electronics (gfu) in cooperation with Messe Berlin.

Are children allowed to attend the IFA by themselves?

Children who have not yet reached age 15 are only allowed to enter the fairgrounds if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exceptions apply only if explicitly stated on postings at the ticket office.

Arrival

How can I reach the Berlin Exhibition Site?

The best way to reach the Berlin Exhibition Site is with public transport. For detailed information, please read Travel & Hotel.

Are there IFA travel packages?

Messe Berlin's foreign representatives have put together special travel packages for visitors from their respective countries. Our local partners in Berlin are also looking forward to help you. For detailed information, please read Travel & Hotel.

Are there shuttle buses to the Berlin Exhibition Site?

Yes, there are free shuttle buses to IFA from Tegel airport and the Park+Ride parking lot at Berlin's Olympic Stadium (visit our Download Center).

Is there parking available near the Berlin Exhibition Site?

In principle, we can only recommend to use public transport, as parking possibilities in the area are limited.

Do I need a sticker for the new Environmental Zone when arriving by car?

An Environmental Zone came into force in Berlin starting 1 January 2008. The exhibition site and ICC are located outside the Environmental Zone. Visitors arriving by car via the motorway system and entering the exhibition site directly via the interchange marked "Messegelände/Messedamm" are outside the zone and do not require a sticker

Visitor Information

Exhibitor and Product Search

Where do I find a complete list of all IFA exhibitors?

You can find all exhibitors from the previous IFA at the Virtual Market Place®. You can search according to a variety of parameters, including exhibitor name or industry. Starting July 2013, data from the exhibitors from IFA 2013 will be available. Please note that all data are constantly updated.

Tickets

Where can I get tickets for IFA?

We recommend to order IFA tickets at our online ticketshop, where you can take advantage of advance booking conditions. Starting on the first day of IFA, your tickets will be available at any box office on the exhibition site. More information about ticket prices

If you are not from Germany please contact directly the foreign representatives of Messe Berlin in your country. Our representatives will help you to buy tickets and support you with your travel preparations to Germany.

Do you offer free entrance for children?

Yes, children up to 6 years can enter the IFA without a ticket.

Our school class would like to order group tickets for the IFA. What are the advantages of group tickets?

School classes including teachers can purchase tickets for EUR 35.00. Furthermore, for pupils planning a visit there is the possibility to purchase a pupil ticket for only EUR 8.00. More information about ticket prices can be found under b2c.ifa-berlin.de (Public Visitor's Website, only in German).

Do you offer free entrance for wheelchair users escorts?

Yes.

Does the IFA ticket include free public transport within the Berlin?

No! IFA tickets or exhibitor badges do NOT entitle to use Berlin public transport like busses, metro or suburban trains for free.

Trade Visitors

You are a trade visitor, if you can affirm one of the following statements:

  • visiting IFA because of professional reasons and/or interest
  • belong to the CE-trade (retailer, whole-sale)
  • working in a company of the consumer electronics industry, e.g. product development, sales, marketing
  • writing for CE professional media
  • working in research/development institutes or in a management consultancy

What are my benefits as a trade visitor?

At IFA trade visitors receive an extensive range of services. For detailed information please visit Trade Visitors

How can I register as a trade visitor?

Registration as a trade visitor takes place automatically with either the purchase of a trade visitor ticket or the submission of a ticket voucher. Before the IFA starts, take advantage of convenient online registration at the IFA Ticketshop. During the IFA, trade visitor tickets will be available at all IFA box offices at the entrances to the trade fair. If you are not from Germany please contact directly the foreign representatives of Messe Berlin in your country. Our representatives will help you to buy tickets and support you with your travel preparations to Germany.

Do trade visitors get automatically access to the separate dealer areas?

Access is not granted automatically. In some cases, an individual invitation from the exhibitor is required.

Catalog

How can I get the official IFA catalog?

During the trade fair, you can purchase the catalog at box offices and info-counters throughout the exhibition site. After the trade fair, you can order the catalog at our publisher, NEUREUTER FAIR MEDIA GmbH. It costs EUR 28 plus postage and handling.

Trade Visitors will get their free trade visitor package with the official IFA trade show catalog at the International Trade Visitors Reception.

I am an exhibitor who received an offer to register for a different catalog. What should I do?

Occasionally some exhibitors receive offers to register - with costs - for alternative, non-official media. These are designated as "reference books", "classified directories" and "independent trade fair publications", etc.

We dissociate ourselves from the offers from these publishers and would like to clearly emphasize that they have no connection with Messe Berlin. We would like to point out to our exhibitors that the production and marketing of the IFA catalog is awarded exclusively. NEUREUTER FAIR MEDIA GmbH, is the exclusive publisher of the IFA catalog.

Exhibition Site

Where can I find the updated map of the exhibition site?

The map and hall allocation can be found on our website in the section About IFA. Please note that it is regularly updated.

Where can I find the plans of individual halls?

The plans will be available a few weeks before the show. They can be accessed at the Virtual Market Place®.

Services

Jobs @ IFA

I would like to work as a host or hostess during the IFA, and/or help with stand construction/removal. Where can I apply?

If you would like to work as a host or hostess, please send an email to MB Capital Services GmbH, a subsidiary of Messe Berlin. The email address is: bewerbung-csg-team@mb-capital-services.de.

If you are interested in stand construction/removal and/or working at the stands, please contact the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (German Employment Office) in Berlin directly.

Address:
Hammarskjöldplatz 1
14055 Berlin
Germany

Tel: +49(0)30/55 55 70-12 03 or 12 04, +49(0)30/30 38-57 30
Fax: +49(0)30/55 55 70-19 99
berlin-nord.jobvermittlung@arbeitsagentur.de
www.arbeitsagentur.de

Wheelchair access

Is IFA wheelchair accessible?

The Berlin Exhibition Grounds are wheelchair accessible. You can download a map here (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Lost and Found

Security Office, passageway between Halls 16 &17

Charging Station

Lockable charging station for mobile phones CityCube, Entrance Messedamm, next to the public phone

Virtual Market Place®

What is the Virtual Market Place?

The Virtual Market Place®is available 365 days a year. It is a virtual marketplace where you can find all the exhibitors from the previous IFA, as well as their products, company profiles and contact information. All data are continually updated by the exhibitors themselves.

The new exhibitor data from the IFA 2018 will be available at the Virtual Market Place® until July 2019.