Birmingham is incredibly easy to reach. Right in the centre of England, it’s well-connected by road, rail and air.
Leave the car at home this summer to help Brum breathe
One of the biggest culprits contributing to air pollution in Birmingham is car emissions. The fewer local journeys you make by car, the better health for all of us and for future generations. So do yourself and Birmingham's air quality a favour this summer - when going on your summer trips out, consider leaving the car at home!
Did you know, as well as the health benefits, there are many other great reasons to ditch the car when travelling around Birmingham?
You can save up to 50% on entry fees when you travel by bus or train to many Birmingham attractions!
Join the bear hunt! Tick off as many Big Sleuth painted bears as you can find whilst walking around Birmingham. You can even get a special edition Big Sleuth Swift Card.
Find your way around on foot to increase your daily steps
Try cycling on one of the city’s family-friendly routes. If you’re new to it, the Big Birmingham Bikes scheme can help you at locations all over the city.
Collect Brum Breathes Better Points to exchange for High Street vouchers when you pledge to cut your car emissions by walking, running, cycling, car-sharing, or taking the train, bus or tram.
For more information on how leaving the car at home can benefit you and those around you, click here.
There are three city centre rail stations providing fast and frequent connections to both local and national destinations.
New Street Station is at the hub of the National Rail network with fast and frequent services to London’s Euston station and many other major towns and cities across the UK. Services to London Marylebone are served Moor Street (next to the Bull Ring) and Snow Hill (in the Colmore Business District). All 3 stations are well served by bus or parking facilities.
For information about Virgin Trains to Birmingham please use this website.
All roads lead to Birmingham - well almost. It’s certainly an easy place to drive to no matter where you’re coming from. Set at the heart of the UK motorway network, it’s linked by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 while the A34 and A38 further add to your options and the M1 is less than 30 minutes away. The M6 Toll Road adds another choice (while also helping to keep through traffic away from city centre at peak times).
Once here, there are 25,000 city centre parking spaces within easy reach. Click here to plan your journey to Birmingham
As Birmingham is so well connected by road, it’s easy to reach by coach and there are a wide range of services calling at Digbeth Coach Station, just a few minutes from the city centre. For example, National Express links Birmingham to 500 locations in Europe and 1,200 destinations in Mainland Britain. There’s also an hourly-service to and from London Victoria station and great links to airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, East Midlands, Stansted and Luton.
Birmingham Airport welcomes more than 50 airlines from over 100 destinations. It’s home to plenty of low cost carriers so there are great money-saving deals to grab. Or for business users looking for more comfort - long or short haul - you’ll also find lots of choice to suit your schedule.
Located next to the M42 motorway and main line rail network it couldn’t be better connected.
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