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Nobody likes waiting in lines. Not when getting seated in a restaurant, not at the supermarket…and especially not at the world’s largest tradeshow for print, media, and multichannel.

Few things are more maddening than knowing the crowds are the only thing separating you from some of the most exciting new technologies in the world of print.

Not to worry! Here are tips to making the most of your time in the drupa Messe – ensuring you spend less time staring at the back of heads and more time discovering business-changing innovations.

  1. Make the most of Saturdays and Sundays

With over 300,000 visitors expected to flood the halls during drupa 2016, Messe traffic is sure to have its peaks and valleys. If you don’t mind spending your sunny weekends inside the convention center walls, you’ll likely have greater roam of the show floors.

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Just remember, show hours are a bit shorter during the weekends. Closing time is 5pm (rather than 6pm as it is during the week).

*Editor’s Note: After hard-working days exploring the show, it’s important to unwind with enjoyable evenings.  From the best pubs and restaurants to tips on making the most of your drupa experience, be sure to download our Day and Night Guide.

  1. Turn your drupa ticket into free public transport

Once in Düsseldorf, the most effective way to navigate to and from the exhibition will be the Rheinbahn public transport network.

Best of all, all drupa admission and eTickets (for both attendees and exhibitors) are valid as free travel tickets on local public transport (with certain restrictions). Take advantage!

Getting to the Messe is easy with the U78 and U79 subway tram lines, as well as bus no. 722. The U78 line stops at the East and North Entrances. Meanwhile, the U79 line stops at the East Entrance, where you can continue onto the North Entrance or Esprit Arena. If you need to get to the South Entrance, you’ll want to get off at the ‘Messe Ost’ stop and switch to the 722 bus.

  1. Stay energized by dressing comfortably

Nothing is worse than hitting a wall before your second day at the show. Prepare yourself for a long, successful event by planning accordingly.

Be sure you’re wearing a comfortable pair of shoes to make your roaming experience more enjoyable. In your bag, it’s wise to always carry bottle of water (to avoid dehydration), snacks (to keep you moving while others are slowing down), and Chap Stick (to fight dry exhibition conditions). Also consider bringing a spare pair of comfortable, casual shoes.

drupa-Day-Night-Guide-eBookThis is just the tip of the iceberg. For more helpful advice, be sure to read “How to: Beat the Queues at drupa 2016

And don’t forget to download our free drupa Day and Night eBook – your guide for hard-working days, and hard-playing nights in Düsseldorf.