Overview

Birmingham’s location at the heart of the country means that the city is a natural transport hub for the whole of the UK.

Main line train services and the motorway network link Birmingham to every major UK city while Birmingham Airport provides access to the rest of Europe and the world.

Connectivity is a key reason behind Birmingham’s success story so far and there’s much more to come with the new HS2 link and further significant service improvements, and expansions are planned across the board as part of the city’s long term strategy for transport - Birmingham Connected.

Key Facts

  • Birmingham is home to the busiest UK train station and the third largest regional airport outside London
  • There are eight local railway lines with services running up to every ten minutes
  • Over 90% of the UK market are within a four hour drive of Birmingham

Birmingham by Train

The city provides three main rail stations: Snow Hill, Moor Street and, the most frequently used, New Street Station. New Street Station alone sees over 1,250 trains through its platforms each day and has nearly 35 million people travelling through each year!

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Birmingham by Bus

With many buses working with Network West Midlands, regular users can grab themselves a bus pass with unlimited travel in and around Birmingham with ease.

Visitors and even curious residents also have the option of jumping onto a tourist bus and taking a trip around the second city to take in the history and attractions.

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Birmingham by Road

With four motorways accessible from the centre (the M5, M6, M40 and M42) drivers can get in and out of the city with ease. 4.81 million people live within an hour's drive of the city, making it great for commuters who would like to live outside of the city centre in the suburbs.

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Birmingham by Bicycle

With its highly accessible centre and 200 miles of canal-side towpaths, Birmingham is a great place for cyclists to get out and about and take in the sights.

On the leisure side of cycling, there are plenty of routes that will take you through country parks, riverside trails, city centre networks and some off-road routes if you're a bit more daring!

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Birmingham by Air

As the third largest airport outside of London, the award-winning Birmingham Airport has more than 50 airlines taking passengers to 140 direct locations worldwide. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014, it is the best connected airport in the UK.

New connections that have been launched in recent years are: Reykjavik, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, New York JFK and Beijing, as well as extra services to Istanbul, Delhi, Athens and Dubai.

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Birmingham by Canal

It may not be the fastest transport in the city, but it certainly is the most unique way to take in the heritage and industrious past. The canal network and famous Gas Street Basin see a large number of narrow boats slowly motoring through the 200 miles of local canal.

Whilst gliding along at 3 miles per hour, make sure you check out the al fresco cafes and top restaurants on your travels.

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