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ITB Berlin: Strike impact information for Deutsche Bahn, Berliner S-Bahn, and Lufthansa ground personnel starting from Thursday


Travel disruptions during the world’s leading travel trade show starting from 7 March 2024 due to strikes.

A strike by the train drivers’ union GDL from Thursday would restrict transport to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds for ITB Berlin. This concerns travel with Deutsche Bahn and Berlin’s light rail network (S-Bahn). The metro system (U-Bahn), trams and bus routes will not be affected. Private rail networks including ODEG will run according to schedule. The Travel service section on ITB Berlin’s website has regular updates on alternative transport options.

Due to a strike announced by the Ver.di union involving Lufthansa‘s ground staff, which will take place from Thursday, 7 March, starting at 4:00 am, until Saturday, 9 March 2024, at 7:10 am, disruptions in air traffic may occur. This could potentially affect travel plans. The organizers of ITB Berlin recommend staying informed about the latest updates.

Alternative bus and U-Bahn options

U-Bahn lines

U2 (U-Bahn line U2)

U7 (U-Bahn line U7) – final journey by bus

Bus routes

  • 139 bus | 139 bus route

Exit: S-Messe Nord/ICC.
Operates between Werderstr. (Spandau) and S-Messe Nord/ICC
U-Bahn stations on this route: U Paul-Stern-Str. (U7), U Rohrdamm (U7), U Siemensdamm (U7), U Kaiserdamm (U2)

  • 143 bus

Exit: Messegelände/ICC or U Theodor-Heuss-Platz
Operates between Brixplatz and Planetarium (Insulaner) U-Bahn stations on this route: U Neu-Westend (U2), U Theodor-Heuss-Platz (U2), U Fehrbelliner Platz (U3), U Blissestr./Uhlandstr. (U3), U Berliner Str. (U9), U Innsbrucker Platz (U4)

  • M49

Exit: S-Messe Nord/ICC or U Theodor-Heuss-Platz
Operates between Heerstr./Nennhauser Damm and Hertzallee (via Zoologischer Garten)
U-Bahn stations on this route: U Wilmersdorfer Straße (U7), U Theodor-Heuss-Platz (U2)

  • X34 express bus

Exit: S Messe Nord/ ICC
Operates between Kaserne Hottengrund and Hertzallee
U-Bahn stations on this route: U Wilmersdorfer Straße (U7)

Bike sharing, e-scooters und e-mopeds

The mobility platform Jelbi has two docking stations on the exhibition grounds. These are at the south entrance (Eingang Messe Süd) in front of the CityCube and in front of Hall 27. Vehicles rented from the following companies can be left there:

E-mopeds: Emmy

E-scooters: voi, lime, Tier, Bolt

Bike sharing companies: nextbike, Tier, lime, Bolt, Call-a-bike

Arriving by car

Please note that there is only a limited amount of parking available on the exhibition grounds. The ICC car park is available and costs 15 euros during the event. Parking spaces will most likely fill up rapidly.

Travelling by train and ’Flixbus’ coach

The coach operator FlixBus offers convenient transport to and from ITB. The main bus station (ZOB Berlin) is located directly opposite the exhibition grounds. A ticket guarantees seating and includes onboard wi-fi. Snacks and beverages are available at reasonable prices.

The train company FlixTrain operates an extensive rail network and offers daily services within Germany to Berlin. These stop at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Berlin Südkreuz and Berlin-Spandau.

Arriving by taxi

Taxi ranks can be found at the following entrances and halls: Hub27 and south entrance (Jafféstraße), CityCube Berlin (Messedamm), Hall 9 (Messedamm) and north entrance / Hall 19 (Masurenallee).

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