Once you’ve arrived in town, the next step is figuring how to get to the CeBIT Hannover fairgrounds. You can either get there by car, taxi or private transfer, tram, or train. My choice is the train or tram, because it
is free (included with the CeBIT ticket), fast, and safe. Update 2015: Not free anymore 🙁 but still the best and cheapest option. If you go by car, there are always traffic jams at the beginning and end of the day. This is when everyone rushes to go back at the same time.
For 2018 you can buy a special public transport Cebit pass online for 25.40€. It is valid during the whole week, with no limit, in the main Hannover zones. Click here to go to the official GVH site (opens in a new window). It is worth it if you’re going to be in Hannover for the whole week. If you’re only going to be there for a couple of days, you can buy a day pass for those days, and it will be cheaper. Machines and friendly staff at the airport will assist you while buying the right pass, if you prefer to buy the pass/es after you arrive.
In this fantastic video by Peter von Stamm, you can see a nice timelapse video from when you arrive by train to the fairgrounds, and go back.
What Trains/Trams to Take to Go to the CeBIT Hannover Fairgrounds
Depending on where you are staying in Hannover, you will have to take a different train or tram.
From the main train station, you can take tram lines 8 or 18, and they will take you straight to the North entrances (known as “Messe Nord 1 & 2”) of the CeBIT Hannover fairgrounds. In the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) the tram stop for these, is located inside the station, almost at the end of it, and then you have to go downstairs. These trams will leave you right across the entrance. You can actually see them from there, and the walk is no more than a couple of minutes. Transit time is about 20 minutes. Part of the journey is on top of the land (where you can see the nice scenery) and part of it is underground (nothing to see there 😉
Here is where you can take tram lines 8 and 18 from: Hannover Main Station via stations Kröpcke, Aegidientorplatz, Altenbekener Damm, Bothmerstraße. Compared to the other lines, it makes less stops. Below is a photo with all the stops between the main station, and the north entrances:
I recommend chosing the North entrances because of the following reasons:
1) Less walking: Little walking to do: train station is in front of the entrance. If you really want to walk little, choose this entrance, walk through an empty hall nearest to this entrance, and you’ve arrived to the where the fun starts.
2) Freebies: Since they are bigger entrances, more people who give away free things can stand there. It might be not entirely correct, but that is the impression I got. You an pick up: cloth carry bags (get a couple to fill up with stuff!), magazines, discount vouchers to visit and purchase items at supplier booths, etc.
3) Cloakroom: If you’re a chilly person, you can hand over your coat at the entrance to the staff that manage the cloakroom.
4) Taxi stand: Plenty of taxis are also available on the right side, in case you are in a hurry.
East Entrance of the CeBIT Hannover Fairgrounds
Trains 6 and 16 will leave you at the train station near the East entrance. You will then have to walk for about 12 minutes, from where the train leaves you, to the entrance. It is a pleasant walk, and you will pass the Tui Arena, where concerts are held, and where the local hockey team plays matches. After that, there is a nice hotel, the Blu Radisson Hannover. Then a bridge which crosses the highway. Finally, you’re there, and this is when excitement builds! Since I want to visit the halls where I consider the money is (Hall 12 and those next to it), I prefer this entrance. Have a look at this floor map:
You can take tram lines 6 and 16 from the following stations: Kröpcke, Aegidientorplatz, Braunschweiger Platz, Bult, Tierärztliche Hochschule, Kronsberg. Here is the complete list of stops it makes:
Below are some photos of what you can see when you walk towards the East Entrance/Exit (known as “Messe Ost” in German):
West 1 Entrance
From the main train station, you can also take faster suburban trains, but there is a little walking to do after that (400m). They’re really fast, about 10 minutes transit time, and will leave you near the West 1 entrance of the CeBIT Hannover fairgrounds.
Cebit Hannover Fairgrounds: Getting Round Once You’re Inside
Once you have reached the fairgrounds, you can walk around. Remember to print out a hall floor map, and take it with you. It will make browsing easier, and prevent you from walking in circles. Halls are all on one level, and close to each other. You will probably not realize how tired you get, and how many kilometers you have walked, until you get home. If you don’t want to visit all the halls, or have just come to visit the suppliers you deal with regularly, you can take the free buses that take you round the fairgrounds, from one hall to another. They are clean, fast, and reliable.