Getting Around

Getting around Birmingham and the region is easy thanks to the fantastic public transport network, including buses, trams and trains. Despite being such a well-connected city, walking or cycling around Birmingham is often just as popular, as there are plenty of things to see and enjoy.

Walking around Birmingham

Birmingham is undeniably a walkable city. Strolling through the different districts and quarters gives you a ground-level understanding of the city’s character. Plus, it has the added benefit of being the most environmentally friendly way to get around!

Whether it’s the picturesque canal sides of Brindleyplace, the wide, restaurant-lined streets around Birmingham Cathedral, or the impressive, modern spaces inside Grand Central and the Bullring, Birmingham’s layout is safe and pedestrian-friendly, with well-maintained pavements and pedestrian zones.

This is largely thanks to the regeneration of Birmingham’s city centre which has combined the unique history integral to the area with modern spaces that easily connect different parts safely.

Exploring on foot allows you to discover hidden gems, absorb the rich city culture and travel between our historical landmarks and main attractions.

Birmingham is a relatively flat city, making walking through it easier, although there are some inclines between main streets.

It takes about five minutes to walk from New Street Station to Birmingham Cathedral in the city centre, and about ten minutes to walk from there to the Library of Birmingham. From the Library it is a short walk through the International Convention Centre to Brindleyplace.

Other ways to get around

Of course, if you're in a rush, you aren't as able to get around, or if it's a bit rainy, there are many other ways to travel around Birmingham.

Scroll down to discover Birmingham taxis, trains, public transport, and our advice on driving into the city.


With miles of canals and a compact city centre, what better way to explore Birmingham and the wider region than by bicycle?

West Midlands Trains Class 196 train in orange and purple livery © West Midlands Trains


Eight local rail lines crisscross the city to ensure quick travel to attractions…

Lit up taxi sign on top of a black cab Shutterstock/Shaiith


Birmingham’s well-regulated taxis are especially convenient for those with…