Birmingham by Bus

Connecting people throughout the Midlands and beyond, buses in the West Midlands are one of the main sources of public transport

Birmingham Coach Station - the city's hub for national and international coach travel


Travel by bus is the most popular form of public transport across Birmingham and the West Midlands with more than one million journeys every day.

The city is also well served by an extensive network of coach services which make use of the motorway network for quick, reliable and affordable access to regional and national destinations. It is an excellent and economical way to travel around the city with a bus network that spans across the entire West Midlands.

Key Facts

  • 84% of the public transport journeys in the West Midlands are by bus
  • There are close to a million bus journeys across the West Midlands each day
  • The headquarters of National Express coach network are based in Birmingham

Network West Midlands

Bus services in Birmingham are run by many different operators however Network West Midlands provides one bus ticket which will allow you to hop on and off any service.

You can also save money by purchasing a season ticket with options ranging from one week, four weeks or direct debit. Most season tickets are loaded onto Swift Cards which is a safer, more durable smart-card.

The Network West Midlands Travel Centre at New Street Station provides free advice and information including printed maps and timetables. You can also purchase season tickets at the travel centre.

Coach Services

Birmingham Coach Station, formerly Digbeth Coach Station, is only a short walk from the city centre and serves as Birmingham's hub for coaches from all over the country. The station and its ticket machines are conveniently open 24 hours a day allowing passengers to book journeys at any time of day.

If you are travelling towards the capital, there is an hourly service to and from London Victoria. National Express coaches also link Birmingham to 500 locations in Europe plus a further 1,200 destinations in Britain.

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is easily accessible by bus; the 900 bus service travels from Birmingham Moor Street in the city centre to the airport throughout the day with an evening service running seven days a week. There are also a number of additional services from Sutton Coldfield, Solihull and Erdington which serve the airport. 

Bus Tours

A great way to explore Birmingham is on the top of a tour bus taking you on a journey through the rich history and landmarks of Birmingham. If it's your first time visiting the city or even if you've been here beforeand want to experience the history of the area, taking a tour is both informative and brilliantly entertaining.

The Big Brum Buz is one of the most popular tourist services in the city with experienced and fun guides with boundless knowledge of Birmingham to share. For more details on the tours they offer click here.


Discover More about transport in Birmingham

There are plenty of transport options for travelling in and around the Birmingham region including relaxing trips across the canals and regular trains taking you across the nation and beyond.