Getting around

Birmingham is well served by bus, road and rail and with many attractions just a few minutes’ walk apart, why not explore on foot?

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Eight local rail lines criss-cross the city to ensure quick links to all attractions and venues (as well as connecting to services to other UK cities and towns).

Midland Metro is the latest addition. This state-of-the-art light rail system whisks passengers between Snow Hill Station in Birmingham city centre and Wolverhampton.

For easy day trips out of Birmingham to Solihull, The Black Country, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Bicester Village Shopping, the Severn Valley Steam Railway and many other nearby attractions head down to Moor Street station (by the Bullring).

Network West Midlands provides online timetables, fares including day tickets and passes, ticket purchase and route planning. To visit the Centro website use  or pop into the Centro store at New Street Station. For National Rail Enquiries call 08457 48 49 50.  For information about Virgin Trains to Birmingham please use this website.


Bus and Metro

Birmingham is brilliant for buses. There’s a huge network linking everyone to everything.

Network West Midlands has all the online timetables and fare information you need with easy ticket buying and route planning. Alternatively call 0871 200 22 33 for timetable information (Calls from landlines cast 10p per minute) or visit Centro’s many information points around the city.

More and more local buses have facilities such as low floors for easy access for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Birmingham buses can’t be hailed to be stopped; passengers wishing to board or leave a bus, should do so at an official bus stop.

Please remember that you need to give the exact fare to the driver as you board.

Hop on a bus and see Birmingham the easy way. There are experienced guides and frequent trips to make sure you pack in as much as you can. Find out about bus tours here.



Birmingham’s well regulated taxis are especially convenient for those with heavy luggage or returning late from a night out.

TOA taxis are Birmingham's black cab operators. They can be hailed in the street or reached at one of the many taxi ranks in the city centre; the main ones are at New Street Station, Stephenson Street and Digbeth Coach Station.

Make a booking with TOA's app

Download for iPhone here
Download for Android here



T.C. Cars private hire taxi company has 300 vehicles, open 24/7. Running for over 25 years they are one of the largest most experienced cab firms around. With the airport at their doorstep they are also ideally situated between Birmingham City Centre and Solihull. Their fleet of NVQ Customer Service qualified, dress coded drivers will pick-up and take you to wherever you need to go. From their 4 passenger saloon cars through to their wheelchair access vehicles and 6-16 passenger minibuses their fleet is fully computerised, metered and GPS tracked. Their drivers also have access to the latest flight arrival times.

Call them on 0121 770 2000 for an estimate or advice and when and where to book.



Europcar car hire

Great deals on UK car and van hire. No need to book, just walk in to Europcar Birmingham: 18-20 Bristol Street, B5 7AA.


or call: 0871 384 1127
quoting promotional code: 51758951 for 10% off

  • Over 250 UK branches 
  • Wide range of quality cars and vans
  • Free Delivery & Collection (T&Cs)
  • One way, hourly, month+ and more
  • Clear, honest pricing

Visit the website here



Sixt Car Hire

You can now hire a Sixt car at Birmingham Airport, where they provide a vast range of up to date cars giving customers a great choice of vehicles for all their needs. You can visit them at, Birmingham Airport, B26 3QJ, Birmingham.

See here to get a quote today. 



Kiss Fabulous Rides

Birmingham has a strong motoring heritage and the most iconic British car was made right here in Birmingham; the classic Mini. So what better way to explore Birmingham or further afield than in this fun car?

Our Mini is available for self-drive hire and can be delivered and collected free of charge to any Birmingham hotel or other Birmingham post code. It even has a full length opening roof for when the sun shines and we can provide everything you need for the perfect picnic except the cucumber sandwiches.

The Mini is just one of our fabulous classic convertible cars to rent like the classic Fiat 500, Mercedes SL, Citroen 2CV and Nissan Figaro.

Visit our website or give us a call to make a booking: 07879667249



myDriver - Chauffeur Service

myDriver is a high quality chauffeur service which offers a door-to-door service all across Birmingham with an airport pickup and drop off service, premium cars and professional drivers.

Backed by Sixt Rent a Car, myDriver offers a chauffeur service in Birmingham to meet every need, whether you need a transfer to or from Birmingham Airport or a general alternative to a taxi service in the city. myDriver offers a range of premium vehicles in Economy, Business, First Class or Business Van, covering all budgets and requirements. myDriver only uses the most professional drivers and prides itself on the reliability of its service with a multilingual customer service team available 24 hours a day.

Download myDriver App for iPhone

Download myDriver App for Android






Fancy stepping back in time and letting the rush hour simply rush on by? Then Birmingham’s canals are the way to travel.

With a top speed of three miles per hour, narrowboats aren’t the fastest way to explore the area. But they certainly give a better insight into our unique heritage.

Head for Gas Street Basin near Brindleyplace. It’s the heartbeat of the busy network; the turning point for narrow boats using the Grand Union, Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester and Birmingham Canals. There are many ways to enjoy over 200 miles of local canal. Take a leisurely cycle ride or stroll along the towpath (of course, with regular stop-offs at any of the picturesque canalside cafes or Brindleyplace's floating cafe. Better still, take a short summer trip; starting daily from Brindleyplace. You can even start a relaxing narrow boat holidays from here.  Find out more about Birmingham and the regional canals.  




What better way to explore Birmingham and the Midlands than by bike?

There are cycle lanes or paths on many of the major routes into and across the city that take in some of the city’s beautiful parks and waterways en route. Information can be found here




A stroll is a great way to discover Birmingham. There’s so much to see. The city is now full of open and inviting pedestrianised areas. So it’s easy to take a relaxed and safe saunter around the compact centre with attractions, shops and places to eat and drink always close by if the whim takes you.  

There’s also a great choice of great guided walking tours or self-guided trails to explore. See our Tours & Sightseeing section for the details.  

You will be able to plan your journey from your arrival point in the city centre using the Interconnect Birmingham on street totems.

These show the pedestrian route network, railway stations, car parks, bus interchanges and metro stops. You will be able to identify your destination and follow your route using the heads up mapping, and estimated walk times. Or link into public transport to continue a longer onward journey.



Mobility for all

Whatever your level of mobility, you'll find Birmingham a welcoming destination with a high standard of accessibility, helpful people and clear signposting to the majority of attractions, shops and venues.

For further information about assistance for disabled visitors, visit our Accessible Birmingham page.



New Street Station Travel Information Centre

New Street Travel Centre provide advice on journey planning and buying tickets.

They stock printed maps and timetables. Travel operator information is available and is provided impartially without bias.



Paradise - Traffic Information

The work on Paradise has begun.

You can find out more information and view a map of the diversions here.

Please visit the Paradise website for regular updates on traffic restrictions, including any changes to the above schedule.


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