Birmingham Airport (BHX) is the third biggest airport in the UK outside of London. It’s 8 miles outside of Birmingham city centre and can be easily reached from the north and south of the country:
70% of the population of the UK live within a 2 hour drive. The airport has around 50 airlines - including Air France, Swiss and American Airlines – which fly to over 140 destinations all over the world.
Birmingham Airport’s postcode for Sat Navs: B26 3QJ
Driving from the north-west (Stafford, Stoke, Manchester, Liverpool): Take the M6, drive via the toll road (you can pay with contactless or cash) then join the M42. Leave the M42 at junction 6 then follow the A45 / Coventry Road to the airport.
Driving from the north-east (Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds): Take the M1, then at Junction 23A turn onto A42 then take the M42. At junction 6, leave for the the A45 / Coventry Road and follow signs to the airport.
Driving from the east (Coventry, Northampton): Take the M6, and at Junction 4 turn onto the M42 southbound. Take the A45 / Coventry Road at junction 6 and there should be clear signs to the airport.
Driving from the south-east (Banbury, Oxford, Bicester, London): Take the M40, then join M42 northbound. Leave the M42 at junction 6 for the A45 / Coventry Road and follow airport signposting.
Driving from the south-west (Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol): Take the M5, then join the M42. When you get to junction 6, leave the motorway and follow the A45 / Coventry Road to the airport.
Parking at Birmingham Airport:
Birmingham Airport has a range of car parks, including short, medium and long stay options. Book online through the airport – bookings in advance tend to get the best deals.
The Drop & Go zone is a minute from the terminal and costs around £1 for up to 10 minutes.
The Premium Meet & Greet parking lets you leave your car by the terminal at the Drop & Go zone, hand your keys to the employee and have your car waiting for you when you return.
You’ll find the Short Stay car parks within a 5 minute walk of the terminal – Car Parks 1, 2 and 3 are adjacent to the terminal building and Car Park 4 is a short free shuttle journey away.
The Long Stay car parks are a little further from the terminal building – Car Park 5 is about a 10 minute walk or shuttle ride away, and Car Park 7 is off-site, with access to the airport via a 15 minute shuttle bus ride.
Public Transport to/from Birmingham Airport:
Birmingham Airport Buses:
97/97A - Birmingham City Centre (runs 27/7)
900/900A - Birmingham & Coventry
996 - Erdington & Solihull.
Buses to Birmingham International Station (there’s a free rail air link that connects to the airport).
75/75A - Sutton Coldfield
91 - Chelmsley Wood
Trains to/from Birmingham Airport:
Birmingham International Station is served by over 100 towns and cities and is very conveniently linked to the airport by the free Air-Rail Link which operates between 5:15am and 2am every day.
Virgin Trains leave Birmingham International 3 times an hour for London Euston, twice an hour for Birmingham New Street and once an hour for Wolverhampton (via Birmingham New Street).
Cross Country trains leave Birmingham International every hour for Manchester Piccadilly, Bournemouth London Midland, London Euston, Northampton and Coventry. They also have 4 trains an hour to Birmingham New Street.
Arriva Trains Wales leave Birmingham International once an hour for Shrewsbury, with trains carrying onto Aberystwyth and Pwllheli (via Machynlleth) or Holyhead (via Wrexham General and Chester).
Coaches to/from Birmingham Airport:
National Express and Megabus both operate120 services a day to and from 35 cities all over the UK including Birmingham, London, Oxford, Luton, Milton Keynes and Manchester, with coaches stopping right outside the terminal building.
Taxis to/from Birmingham Airport:
A 24 hour black cab service runs from just outside arrivals, each car is able to take five passengers and is also wheelchair friendly.
Birmingham Airport facilities:
There are three business lounges after security: Aspire Lounge, Emirates (which also has shower facilities) and No1 Lounge.
If you’re travelling with children, they’ll have a blast at the Sky Zone, where video games, puzzles and a soft play area for tots are free to enjoy.
Food and Drink:
Places to refuel include Caffé Nero, Costa and All Bar One and you’ll also find restaurants like Frankie & Bennies and Giraffe.
Before and after security you’ll find a currency exchange – it’s possible to order online and collect your money at the airport. Shops include Boots, Next, M&S and World Duty Free.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal.
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