Practical Information

This is a low-carbon emissions event in support of global climate change initiatives. Please consider travel options that minimise emission generation and/or CO2 offset options.

Address of venue

Leipziger Messe GmbH
Congress Center Leipzig
Messe-Allee 1
04356 Leipzig

Travelling to Leipzig

Arriving by plane

Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) is your airport destination if travelling by plane. Many airlines offer direct flights to this airport or have good connections from Frankfurt, Munich or Vienna.

Information about Leipzig/Halle Airport, destinations and flight schedules


Arriving by train

Leipzig’s main railway station is located in the city centre. It has a travel centre that is open daily until 22:00 and a service point on the concourse which is open 24 hours a day.

InterCity Express trains operate every hour between the Rhine/Ruhr region, Hannover, and Leipzig.


Leipzig City Map

Arriving by car

The Congress Centre Leipzig (CCL) is located on a major German motorway, the A14 (Dresden – Magdebur-Hannover). Use either the Messegelande or Leipzig Zentrum exits from the A14 to get to CCL. Parking is available at the conference centre.

Congress Center Leipzig Parking Address
Seehauener Allee 1
04356 Leipzig
GPS: 51°23’51.22 North 12°23’57.62 East

Congress Center site map

Take the Federal Road B2 to travel to Leipzig’s city centre.

How to get there map


Travelling to the conference centre

The International Transport Forum offers a range of transport options between the city, conference centre, and transport hubs.

To and from Leipzig city: Tram

Take tram no. 16 from Leipzig Central station to "Messegelände" (the terminus) - the journey takes 19 minutes. The trams run every 10 minutes and will take you to the conference centre campus. It is an easy 5 minute walk to the conference building main entrance. The City of Leipzig is offering tram travel free of charge upon presentation of your 2013 Summit delegate badge. Mini-bus Shuttle

There will be free bus shuttles between the official International Transport Forum hotels to the conference centre throughout the Summit programme days.

Summit help desks at the hotel and the conference centre will assist with transportation enquiries and requests. Taxi

A taxi will take you directly to the conference centre (along a similar route to the tram and the same as the bus shuttle). Costs of transfers by taxi are not covered by the Summit organiser.

To and from the airport: Rail

The "Flughafen Express" (railway shuttle) runs every 30 minutes between Leipzig Central Railway Terminal and the Leipzig/Halle Airport. The journey takes 14 minutes, and the service stops at the conference centre. Mini-bus Shuttle

There will be free bus shuttles between the Leipzig/Halle airport and the conference centre throughout the Summit programme days. Look for the 2013 Summit Help Desks at the Airport. Car

Leipzig/Halle Airport is located near two major German motorways: the A9 (Berlin - MĂĽnchen), and the A14 (Dresden - Magdeburg - Hannover). Taxi

A taxi will take you directly to the conference centre. Costs of transfers by taxi are not covered by the Summit organiser.


Travel Facilities

In addition, as part of the online registration process we are pleased to offer you:

- a transfer from Berlin/Tegel or Schönefeld Airports to Leipzig, by a shuttle provided by the International Transport Forum (unit price for return ticket: 99.00 EUR)

- a Deutsche Bahn Ticket from any station in Germany to Leipzig (unit price for first class return ticket: 99.00 EUR)


Visa Requirements

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

What happens if you require a visa to enter Germany?
Delegates needing a visa shall indicate so during the registration process by ticking the corresponding box.

Once you have indicated your visa requirement, you will be immediately asked by email to complete a form with detailed personal information that will be used by the conference organiser to prepare a formal Invitation Letter which is required for the visa application process. Please be sure to complete all mandatory fields in this form.

Within two days of submitting this form to the conference organisers you will receive:

·         a formal International Transport Forum Invitation Letter, which is addressed to the respective German Embassy/Consulate and written in German (this will be in addition to the invitation you may have already received). A copy of the Invitation Letter will be faxed by the conference organisers to the Visa Department of the responsible German Embassy/Consulate and to your Institution/Organisation’s office. Please inform the conference organisers in advance if you require the original invitation letter so that the original invitation can be sent to you by regular mail;
·         a visa Application Form;
·         a list of documents that you will need to present to the German Consulate/Embassy in your resident country.


Requesting a visa to enter Germany
You must submit your visa application and the required supporting documentation to the German Consulate/Embassy relevant to your country of residence.

Please include with your visa application documentation the International Transport Forum Invitation Letter sent earlier to you (or to your Minister, for the members of the official delegations and accompanying persons OR other participants).

Fees for visa applications are the responsibility of the delegate.

Timeframe for visa processing
All delegates are strongly encouraged to register before 23 March 2013 to ensure timely delivery of a visa.

For assistance or queries on visa matters please contact:
Svetlana Urich
email: s.urich (at)
Phone: + 49 341 678 8947
Fax: +49 341 678 168947