Travel updates

Information about journey planning and tickets can be found at Transport for West Midlands.

Walking or cycling in Birmingham is often the easiest and cheapest travel option. Many popular destinations in Birmingham and the West Midlands are accessible via off-road routes such as the canal network.

Latest travel updates

With major transport projects and developments continuing at a number of city centre locations, it is important to plan your journey. For many people public transport is the preferred way to travel and for good reason. Birmingham has excellent bus, train and Metro connections and there are plenty of ways to save money on travel too.

Travel advice:

  • Leave the car at home and travel by bus, train, Metro, bike or on foot
  • If you’re out for the evening, remember to check times for the last service home
  • Lift share with friends or colleagues
  • Beat the traffic by travelling at quieter times
  • Leave extra time for your journey

Save money:

  • Walk or cycle as part or all of your journey
  • Pay as you go with Swift, the transport smartcard for the West Midlands
  • Travel as a group for just £7 (2 adults and up to 4 children, or up to 5 adults) using the mTicket app
  • Use Day, Family or Group tickets – the Friends and Family fare offers return from as little as £1!
  • Add a child for £1 with the National Express West Midlands Travelcard holder offer
  • Join Co-Wheels Car Club for just £1 and get £40 free credit

Winter cycling

One of the beauties of cycling is that, with a little preparation, it can be enjoyed all year round. Bright lights and high-visibility clothing are essential for foggy, misty and dark conditions. Find more tips for winter cycling on our web pages. On shared paths remember to slow down, use your bell when necessary and dismount in pedestrian-only areas.

It is particularly important in wet, icy or windy conditions that drivers give cyclists plenty of space when over-taking (a minimum of 1.5 metres). West Midlands Police continue to carry out their pioneering ‘Operation Close Pass’ across the region and will proactively target drivers who endanger cyclists.

We urge everyone to be vigilant and immediately report anything suspicious or concerning.

  • British Transport Police text 61016
  • Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
  • In an emergency call 999