Guide to Birmingham

England’s second city

  • Birmingham

    Birmingham was once known only for its heavy industrialism and countless examples of concrete architecture, including the infamous Bullring shopping centre as well as the dilapidated Digbeth coach station, but thankfully not any more. Birmingham has firmly re-established itself as England’s second city, and has flourished to be a modern, buzzing cosmopolitan centre. With vibrant nightlife, fantastic hotels, great shopping and unique tourist attractions, Birmingham is definitely the heart of England.

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    Getting There and Away

    By Air

    Birmingham International Airport is located 8 miles/13 km east of central Birmingham.

    To and From Birmingham International Airport:

    Air-Rail Link

    Departs every 2 minutes from the passenger terminals to Birmingham International Rail Station.

    Operates from 05:15 to 02:00

    Journey time: 2 minutes

    Cost: FREE

    Train

    Departs every 10 to 30 minutes Monday to Saturday between 06:16 and 23:20 (from 08:48 on Sundays).

    Journey time: 10-20 minutes

    Cost: Adult single £2.80

    Bus

    Bus no. 900 (sometimes 58A for early buses) departs from the station outside terminal 2, stand K.

    Operates from 04:35 (06:59 on Sundays) to 00:35

    Journey time: 35 minutes

    Cost: Adult single £1.10 (exact fare only, as change will not be given by the driver).

    Taxi

    Ranks are located outside each terminal

    Journey time: 25-30 minutes

    Cost: £16.00

    By Train

    Birmingham has 3 stations located centrally, and one station located by the NEC and the airport:

    New Street Station Birmingham’s main station, seeing arrivals from the North and Scotland, and also from London.

    Snow Hill Station Located in the business district and runs mainly local services.

    Moor Street Station Located opposite the Bullring shopping centre, just a short distance from New Street.

    Birmingham International Station Located by the airport and NEC, which are both within walking distance. Connections to central Birmingham are available at regular intervals.

    By Coach

    The main coach station is Digbeth, which is operated by National Express.

    The station is currently being extensively regenerated, with completion estimated to be late 2009. Until then, coaches will run from a temporary site on the opposite side of Digbeth High Street, in Oxford Road.

    Digbeth is located 10 minutes from the centre, with buses and taxis readily available.