Birmingham Airport Guide (BHX)

Airport info
Code: BHX
Address:
Airport Way, Birmingham, B26 3QJ, United Kingdom
Location:

Birmingham Airport is located 13km (8 miles) southeast of central Birmingham.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +44
Telephone:
+44 871 222 0072.
Map:
Birmingham Airport map

Serving the West Midlands region of England, Birmingham Airport links to numerous international and domestic routes. The airport, which is a short distance from Birmingham city centre, is among the top ten busiest airports in the United Kingdom. Our Birmingham Airport guide includes information on airport facilities, transportation options and nearby hotels.

Information

There are several information points located at various areas in the terminal complex, including desks providing airline and general airport information (close to the check-in area and the main entrance). The Visitor Centre, next to Arrivals, offers advice on accommodation and attractions within the Birmingham city area.

Driving directions

Birmingham Airport is situated on the A45 Coventry road, close to junction 6 of the M42, to which there are direct connections from the M1, M5, M6 and M40 – the M6 toll road provides a faster alternative to the M6. The airport is signposted from the motorways.

From central Birmingham, either take the A45 Coventry Road eastbound to the airport site, or head east along the M6 and merge on the southbound M42 (turning off towards the airport at junction 6).

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Rail: The free Air-Rail monorail links Birmingham Airport directly to nearby Birmingham International railway station in about two minutes. Frequent rail services (tel: +44 845 748 4950; www.nationalrail.co.uk) connect Birmingham International with New Street station in the city centre (journey time: 12 minutes; fare: £2.30). Various train operators run services to Manchester, London, Bournemouth, Northampton, Coventry and destinations in Wales. Tickets can be purchased at Birmingham International railway station or at the Visitor Centre within the terminal building.

Public transport road

Bus: Network West Midlands buses (tel: +44 871 200 2233; www.networkwestmidlands.com) link Birmingham Airport to the surrounding districts. Bus 900 connects the airport to Birmingham and Coventry; bus 966 runs to Solihull and Erdington; and bus 97 links the airport to Birmingham city centre 24 hours a day. All buses stop outside the terminal. The journey time into central Birmingham is 45 minutes, and fares start at £1.90. Tickets can be purchased on the bus, or at the Visitor Centre.

Coach:National Express (tel: +44 871 781 8181; www.nationalexpress.co.uk) operates long-distance coach services to Birmingham and a number of other cities, as well as inter-airport coaches to London Luton, London Gatwick and London Stansted airports. The low-cost Megabus (tel: +44 871 266 3333; www.megabus.co.uk) also operates services to a number of destinations.

Taxi:Taxis (tel: +44 121 782 3744) are available from a rank outside the terminal. The journey to Birmingham city centre takes upwards of 25 minutes and costs around £25-30, depending on traffic conditions.

Terminal facilities

Money

Bureaux de change, postal and ATM facilities are available at various points within the terminal.

Communication

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the terminal complex.

Food

There is an extensive range of cafés, restaurants, bars and fast-food outlets both airside and landside at Birmingham Airport, including a champagne and wine bar in Departures.

Shopping

There are numerous shops at Birmingham Airport, both pre- and post-security. Duty-free shopping is available for passengers travelling outside the EU – this service is also available for non-EU arrivals.

Luggage

A lost property service (tel: +44 121 767 7813) operates a lost property and left-luggage office on the first floor. Luggage trolleys are available for a £1 fee.

Other

Other facilities available at Birmingham Airport include 24-hour medical centres and a multi-faith prayer room.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

Business booths are available in the departures area; free work stations with credit-card operated telephone, e-mail, modem and fax facilities are provided. Business Point (tel: +44 121 767 8063) has meeting rooms accommodating between eight and 40 people, as well as fax and photocopying facilities. Four lounges are available for all departing passengers (for a fee) with a range of business services, meeting rooms, and refreshments. Away from the terminal, meeting rooms are available in the adjacent Novotel Birmingham Airport hotel (tel: +44 121 619 9003; www.novotel.com). The National Exhibition Centre is close to Birmingham Airport, next to Birmingham International railway station.

Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled passengers at the airport are good, with adapted toilets and lifts located within the terminal building, a Minicom system installed at the airport information desk, induction loops available for the hearing-impaired, and designated disabled parking spaces available in all car parks. For help with baggage and check-in, wheelchair provision and assistance, contact the OCS (tel: +44 121 767 7878) special assistance service prior to arrival – wheelchair and other assistance when boarding or disembarking must be arranged in advance through the relevant airline.

Car parking

Short- and medium-stay parking is available in three multistorey car parks close to the terminal. The two long-term car parks, adjacent to the main A45 road, are linked to the terminal by shuttle buses. Valet parking is also available. For further parking information, contact NCP (tel: +44 345 050 7080; www.ncp.co.uk).

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at Birmingham Airport include: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. Desks for these operators are located in Arrivals and the hire car collection/drop-off point is situated within walking distance of the terminal.

Hotels

There are several hotels at Birmingham Airport, located within a short walk of the terminal, offering varying levels of comfort and price. A number of other places to stay can be found in the near vicinity, notably around the National Exhibition Centre and city centre.


Novotel Birmingham Airport

+44 121 619 9003.

The 4-star Novotel Birmingham Airport is located immediately opposite the airport terminal. Guests can enjoy the on-site fitness centre, full-service restaurant and bar. Meeting space, spread over six rooms, is available for up to 35 delegates.

Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport

+44 871 663 9007.

Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport is located close to Birmingham Airport and is linked via a free shuttle bus service, which also serves the railway station. Facilities include a grill restaurant (where under-11s eat free of charge when sharing a room with parents) and meeting space for up to 500 people.

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Coventry Road

Crowne Plaza NEC

+44 871 942 9160.

The Crowne Plaza NEC is located close to Birmingham Airport and runs a complimentary shuttle bus service to Birmingham International railway station, which has a monorail service to the airport. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant serving European-style cuisine, fitness centre and secure car park.

Pendigo Way, National Exhibition Centre, B40 1PS, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Travelodge Birmingham Airport

+44 871 984 6483.

On-site at Birmingham Airport but not as close as some hotels to the terminal, the Travelodge offers comfortable budget accommodation. The hotel has a bar and café, as well as vending machines offering basic travel essentials. Paid-for Wi-Fi and parking is available to guests.

Terminal Road, B26 3QW, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Ibis Budget Birmingham Airport

+44 121 780 5858.

Within a short walk of the terminal, this low-cost hotel offers basic but modern facilities, including internet access in public areas. Rates for its 120 rooms include a buffet breakfast, while discounted parking is available to guests.

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