InnoTrans 2018 – The Biggest Rail Show in the World – Even Bigger!

It’s 2018 and it’s back! The world’s biggest trade fair for the railway sector will take place this month.

Taking place every two years, 2018 will be the twelfth time InnoTrans will fill Berlin’s Messe halls with visitors, exhibitors and experts from the rail sector.

InnoTrans 2016
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Some Quick Facts:


  • 17 September – press day
  • 18–21 September – InnoTrans open for trade visitors, 9am–6pm 22–23 September – visitor days, only for the Outdoor Display area, 10am–6pm


  • Messe Berlin GmbH, ExpoCenter City, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin

2016 stats:

  • 2,955 exhibitors from 60 countries – almost 200 more than in 2014
  • 137,391 visitors from 119 countries – almost 3,800 more than in 2014
  • First time InnoTrans features the Bus Display
  • InnoTrans fills all 41 halls and the Outdoor Display area of Berlin Messe – that’s an area of 200,000 square metres
  • 3,500m of track to showcase rolling stock on the Outdoor Display area
  • Railway Technology
  • Railway Infrastructure
  • Public Transport
  • Interiors
  • Tunnel Construction

In addition to halls being filled with exhibitors from these five different areas, the Outdoor Display and the Bus Display, InnoTrans 2018 will again feature a Career & Education Hall (7.1c), which will house the Career Pavilion, the Career Forum and the Jobwall all in one place. Exhibitors are able to feature their company with a stand in this hall or they can request space in the Career Pavilion, where HR experts can focus on recruiting the right employees for them.

The Career Forum is a space featuring seating for approx. 60 attendees. Companies are able to present themselves here as a potential employer. Some of the organisations presenting themselves at the Career Forum include:

  • TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH
  • Allianz pro Schiene e.V.
  • IFV Bahntechnik e.V.
  • Akiem Holding SAS
Violeta Bulc InnoTrans
EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc © Railway-News

Key Events:

The Opening Ceremony – InnoTrans 2018 will open with speeches by Dr Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin GmbH, Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport, and Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (Germany).

There will also be a panel discussion moderated by Astrid Frohloff on the subject of ‘Mobility: Innovative – Multimodal – Sustainable’. This panel will feature Jürgen Frenske, President of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), Dr Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President of Alstom Transport S.A., Laurent Troger, President of Bombardier Transportation and Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility GmbH.

Held in the Palais am Funkturm the Opening Ceremony will be attended by more than 1,000 representatives from the fields of business, politics, and science.

Where: Palais am Funkturm
When: 18 September, 10am–11:30am

The Official Opening Tour will take place right after the Opening Ceremony.

Where: Palais am Funkturm
When: 18 September, noon–2pm

The Rail Leaders’ Summit will feature the topic ‘RAILtropolis – The future of cities is rail’. This event is organised by Deutsche Bahn and is a platform to address worldwide developments and trends in rail. 2018 will mark the tenth time this event is held. The opening remarks will be made by Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (Germany). Violeta Bulc, the EU Commissioner for Transport, will give the keynote speech on European policies. The panel will consist of the following guests: Henrik Hololei, Director- General for Mobility and Transport, EU Commission, Chad Edison, Deputy Secretary for Transportation, California State Transportation Agency, United States, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman of the Railway Board, Indian Railways, India, Oleg Belozerov, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Russian Railways, Russian Federation, Li Wenxin, Vice General Manager of China Railway (CR), Dr Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany.

Where: Hall 7.3 Berlin Room
When: 18 September, 3pm–5pm

With more than 3,000 exhibitors attending this year, 140 rail vehicles on display from road/rail vehicles, locomotives, underground trains, container wagons and more, with more than 130 products making their international debut – listed in the InnoTrans Innovation Report – there remains just one thing to be said: enjoy your InnoTrans 2018 and whatever you do, wear comfortable shoes!

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