Practical Information


Congress Center Leipzig & Messehaus Meeting Area


Leipziger Messe GmbH
Messe-Allee 1
04356 Leipzig

The Summit conference facilities, including the Glass Hall where the Gala Dinner will be held, are accessible for all delegates. Please indicate your specific accessibility needs during online registration, or to the Registration Help Desk. We will advise you on how they will be accommodated and will be happy to answer all your questions.



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Transport in Leipzig

Transport in Leipzig

Summit Transport Information Desks will be situated at the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), official Summit hotels, Leipzig/Halle airport and Leipzig’s main train station to provide transport-related information and assist delegates with their transport needs from Tuesday 21 May to Friday 24 May. 

Detailed maps showing the overview of the transport options will be available at the Summit Transport Information Desks.


Public Transport

Summit participants are offered unlimited free public transport within Leipzig from Monday 20 May to Friday 24 May inclusive.

Your 2019 Summit delegate badge allows you to travel free of charge on Leipzig public transport (no transport ticket is required). Until you collect your badge at the Summit venue, the official registration confirmation letter can be produced upon request. Please note that you may be asked to show supporting valid photo identification.

Connection to CCL by public transport:

Tram (20-minute ride, approx. 25 minutes in total) 

Take tram no. 16 from Leipzig’s main train station to "Messegelände" (this is the terminus as well as the stop for Congress Center Leipzig). Trams run every 10 minutes. From the tram stop, it is a short walk (less than 5 minutes) to the main entrance of the conference centre.

Suburban train (10-minute ride, approx. 20 minutes in total) 

Take S-Bahn (rapid transit lines) S2, S5, S5X or S6 from Leipzig’s main train station to "S-Bahnhof Messe" train station. Trains run every 10-15 minutes. From the train stop, it is a short walk (approx. 10 minutes) to the main entrance of the conference centre.

For more information and schedules, please refer to Leipzig public transport company website.


Scheduled Shuttle Bus Service

A Shuttle Bus service will operate on the Summit days between the city centre and Congress Center Leipzig (CCL).

Summit Days 22-24 May
  • a 20-minute ride approx. from the city centre to CCL
  • scheduled departure times from designated stops near official Summit hotels
  • from the city centre to CCL in the morning and early afternoon  
  • return service in the afternoon and evening from CCL to designated stops

Arrangements can be made for wheelchair accessible vehicles. Please indicate this during your registration or directly to the Registration Help Desk. 

Download the schedule and designated stops information within Leipzig city centre, for the official Summit hotels:

In addition, the shuttle bus service covers the following:

Arrivals at Leipzig/Halle airport on Tuesday 21/05 and Wednesday 22/05
  • all scheduled commercial flights will be covered
  • to designated stops in city centre and directly to CCL

Map available here

Please note: there will be no scheduled shuttle service from Leipzig/Halle airport on Thursday 23/05. The Transport Desk staff will provide information on public transport options. 

Departures from Leipzig/Halle airport on Thursday 23/05 and Friday 24/05
  • from designated stops in city centre and from CCL 
  • for early and mid-morning flight times, shuttle buses will go directly to the airport 
  • for all other flight times, shuttle buses will leave from designated stops in city centre, make a quick stop at CCL to collect other air travellers and then proceed to the airport
Presidency Reception on Wednesday 22 May
  • from CCL to the venue in the city
Gala Dinner on Thursday 23 May
  • from designated stops to CCL in the late afternoon
  • return service in the evening from CCL to designated stops
Pre-Summit Day Tuesday 21 May

No shuttle service is provided to/from CCL on 21 May. Summit Transport Information Desks staff can provide details on public transport options.



Other transport options

  • A taxi will take you to CCL along the same route as the bus shuttle (20-minute ride).
  • Costs are not covered by the Summit organiser.
  • Motorway A14 (Dresden-Magdeburg-Hannover), exit "Messegelände" or "Leipzig Zentrum”. 
  • From Leipzig’s city centre take Federal Road B2 
  • Parking is available at CCL, Seehauener Allee 1, 04356 Leipzig.

Travelling to Leipzig

Travelling to Leipzig


Arriving in Leipzig by plane

The nearest airport to the Congerss Center Leipzig (CCL) is Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ). Many airlines offer direct flights to this airport or have good connections from Frankfurt, Munich or Vienna.

Transfer from/to airport:

  • Local rail "Flughafen Express" (14 minutes)

It runs every 30 minutes between Leipzig/Halle Airport and Leipzig city centre. There is a designated stop for CCL - “Leipzig Messegelände”.

  • Shuttle Bus  

To avail of the shuttle bus service, indicate your arrival and departure information in your registration form or to the Registration Help Desk. See detailed information on shuttles 

  • Taxi

Taxi services are available at the airport. Please note that costs of transfers by taxi are not covered by the Summit organiser.


Arriving in Leipzig from Berlin Airports

Delegates arriving at an airport in Berlin (Tegel or Schönefeld) are offered a special option for a transfer to Leipzig by Deutsche Bahn high speed train.

The offer includes:

  • high speed train first class ticket to Leipzig at a preferential rate (one-way ticket 49.90 EUR and return ticket 99.80 EUR)
  • valid from Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May
  • transfers to/from airport and Berlin’s main train station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof)
  • access to Deutsche Bahn lounge at Berlin’s main train station
  • dedicated service to ensure a smooth transfer in Berlin and Leipzig

The offer requires advanced booking during online registration or via the Registration Help Desk.


Travel to Leipzig from another city in Germany by train

A preferential rate for Deutsche Bahn trains from any station in Germany to Leipzig is offered to Summit delegates.

The offer includes:

  • high speed train first class ticket to Leipzig at a preferential rate (one-way ticket 49.90 EUR and return ticket 99.80 EUR)
  • valid from Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May

The offer requires advanced booking during online registration or via the Registration Help Desk.


For more information and train schedules, please refer to Deutsche Bahn website.

Leipzig’s main train station (Leipzig Hauptbahnhof) is located in the city centre. The travel centre at the station is open daily until 22:00 and a service point on the concourse is open 24 hours a day. The official Summit hotels are located in walking distance.


A CO2 Emissions Responsible Summit

Reducing the impact on the environment of the Summit is important to ITF. In this respect, ITF opts to offset the carbon (CO2) emissions generated by the Summit through investment in climate protection projects. The CO2 emissions are calculated based on the overall on-site activities as well as the flights of the ITF staff.

For their travel to Leipzig, Summit participants are encouraged to either use the offset options offered by their chosen airline or transport provider, or consider transport options that minimise emission generation.

The climate protection projects supported by ITF comply with Gold Standard of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) defined in the Kyoto Protocol and are awarded saving certificates CER (Certified Emission Reduction) by the UNFCCC. To implement the offset, the ITF co-operates with the climate protection organisation  atmosfair .

Visa Requirements

The conference organiser Leipziger Messe is able to provide delegates registered for the Summit with a formal invitation letter required for their visa applications.

Delegates who may need a visa to enter Germany are advised to consult the German Federal Foreign Office website to verify their eligibility for visa requirements, find detailed information about visa applications and regulations. 



Invitation letter for visa application

Delegates who require a visa to enter Germany need to request a formal invitation letter for their visa application before 22 March 2019 during the registration process. Passport information will need to be provided.

Within two days of submitting the request with all required information, a formal Invitation Letter (in German) for visa purposes is addressed to the respective German Embassy/Consulate (format: electronic letter sent by email). Please inform the conference organisers in advance if you require the original invitation letter - on exceptional basis, the hard copy original can be sent to you by regular mail.


Visa application

Visa application and the required supporting documentation must be submitted to the German Consulate/Embassy relevant to your country of residence. The list of supporting documentation is available on the website of the Consulate/Embassy responsible for each respective country (select your country then the relevant Consulate or the Embassy).

A visa Application form can be downloaded here.

We recommend to include your Summit Invitation Letter, in addition to the Visa Invitation Letter in German, with your visa application documentation.

Consular fees for visa application are the responsibility of the delegate.