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Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Books, Paper, Printing, Graphic Design
Messe Frankfurt GmbH
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Frankfurt Book Fair
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Effects of COVID-19 on Frankfurt Book Fair

Book lovers will be converging at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany for the live edition of the 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair. The event will take place at Messe Frankfurt, and a COVID-19 prevention plan will not be implemented. This is due to the removal of Germany's pandemic-related restrictions. The next edition will occur between 18.10.2023 and 22.10.2023.


You tell anyone involved in publishing around the world about Frankfurt Book Fair and they will know exactly about what international trade fair you’re referring to. That’s the level of recognition that the brand commands and for good reason.

Since its inception in 1949, the Frankfurt Book Fair has grown to be the biggest book fair in the world and that’s covered in the massive spectrum of products that are the focus of the event.

Frankfurt Buchmesse, as it’s known in German, goes well beyond fiction and magazines. Publishers showcase non-fiction, religion, youth, and children's books, science and technology, art books, tourism, visual art and international literature. This is where you come to negotiate and sell rights to buyers from every single literary market.


Frankfurt Book Fair occurs once a year and editions traditionally run during October for a total of five days. The doors at Frankfurt Messe are open to both trade visitors and the public at different hours. For professionals, the opening hours are from 09:00 am until 18:30 pm in the afternoon, with the last day closing an hour earlier at 17:30 pm.

Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH serves as the official organiser for the book fair and always promises an eventful event. If you’re not arriving with a car, you’ll be happy to know that Frankfurt Messe enjoys several types of public transport – bus lines, tram lines, commuter trains and the metro as well. This makes it possible to commute from any point in the city with relative ease.

What Are People Saying?

  • “Even in its 70th year, the Frankfurter Buchmesse continues to consolidate its position as the most important leading international trade fair” - Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse;
  • “The 70th Frankfurter Buchmesse had its finger on the pulse of the times. The book industry took a clear stance in favour of human rights, freedom, diversity and respect. […] The book fair demonstrated that it is a place of ideas and debates…” - Heinrich Riethmüller, Chairman of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association;

Audience & Statistics

Copyright Clearance Centre, Miele, Air China and Ameropa are coming together as partners to bring another exciting edition of Frankfurt Book Fair to life. Every year there’s a Guest of Honour country, which determines the influx of nationals coming to the fair. This upcoming edition this will be Norway.

Frankfurt Book Fair is still a massive event, which attracts over 7500 exhibitors and over 285,000 international visitors from Germany, the UK, France, the USA, Russia, China, Japan, Australia, Spain, Brazil and so many others. In terms of professional backgrounds, there’s a rich diversity in position present - publishing experts, writers, translators, licensors, illustrators, journalists, editors, rights holders, lawyers and agents. The last edition saw the addition of 19 new agencies according to Literary Agents & Scouts Centre.


Given the overwhelming attention the trade fair receives, you need to approach accommodation in Frankfurt as early as possible in order to land the most affordable hotel prices for Frankfurt Book Fair. This is where Trade Fair Trips ltd steps in. We are veterans when it comes to accommodation for trade fairs and we accommodate budgets of all sizes. Price and location are the most important aspects of your trip, which is why we look for cheap hotels near Messe Frankfurt. In addition, you will be minutes away on foot from public transport to shorten your commute.

Once you’ve booked your stay, it’s time to move onto other concerns. Do you need to book meeting facilities? Have no one to install your trade fair booth? We give you comprehensive solutions that take care of every aspect of your business trip. Not only that, it takes you no time to have everything planned and bundled together in one convenient service package. 

What Took Place During Frankfurt Book Fair's Past Editions?

2021 Edition

Frankfurt Book Fair's 2021 edition was held from October 20th to October 24th, 2021. The exhibition was held in a face-to-face or live format, with strict Covid-19 prevention measures in place. The edition marked the successful restart of the format and the book publishing industry following the onset of the pandemic. The event featured 36,000 trade visitors and 37,500 readers. 2500 media representatives recorded and presented the fair. 2013 exhibitors presented their wares. A total of 155 countries were represented at the fair, including Canada as the fair's Guest of Honour.

2022 Edition

Frankfurt Book Fair's 2022 rendition was held in Messe Frankfurt from October 19th to October 23rd, 2022. Due to the lifting of the pandemic-related limitations, the venue did not include Covid-19 safety precautions. The event attracted 180,000 attendees, 6,400 media professionals, and more than 4,000 exhibitors. The exhibiting companies travelled from 95 nations. Spain was the Guest of Honour.

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How to get to Frankfurt Book Fair
On foot
On foot:

Not advisable when travelling from Frankfurt Airport

20 mins when travelling from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

By car
By car:

15 mins when travelling from Frankfurt Airport

5 mins when travelling from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

By public transport
By public transport:

25 mins when travelling from Frankfurt Airport

20 mins when travelling from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

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