In this section you will find tourist reviews about the airport, as well as our Birmingham airport guide with information on wireless Internet access, recreation areas, amenities and services …. and yes, even the names of some hotels at the airport for the case, if you decide that sleeping at the airport is not for you!
To help you plan your stay at the airport for a few hours or overnight, we will give you all the information we have gathered from travelers who have visited Birmingham Airport.
- A lively, modern two-story passenger building, divided into two sections (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2). A wide variety of shops and restaurants is available, including around the clock!
- Many travelers who decide to spend the night here do so in time for an early flight.
- Free wifi available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
- After security checkpoints, overnight, passengers are limited to the public area. Passengers sleeping in the transit zone will be returned to the public access area until the guard reopens and must be checked again.
- Reviewers describe the airport as clean and safe, but reviews about the night experience are different. Free placement can be difficult to find in the public area, especially at night, the benches are firm, curved and uncomfortable. If you have a sleeping bag or a travel mat, you can sleep comfortably on the floor.
- The airport is bright and noisy at all hours, so in order to guarantee a good night’s sleep, you need to have a sleep mask and earplugs or comfortable noise reduction headphones!
- For a good sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels at the airport guide below.
Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the first class lounges. See the Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and pricing information.
In this guidebook, we can designate a location as a “common access zone” and an “air zone”. The common access zone is a public place of the terminal located in a non-secure zone in front of the security control. Airside is a protected area of the terminal, which you must reach by passing a security check.
If you are an economy class traveler, you can enter these lounges at Birmingham Airport by purchasing a passage to the lounge or through the membership program. Visit a separate room page for more information (i.e. conditions, hours, passage and membership information):
Aspire Lounge — Location: Terminal 1, transit area, follows gate 1-20. Hours: 4:30 — 21:00 (Daily). Access to the hall: Pay at the entrance • Order online (£ 19.99) • Priority Pass.
No. 1 Birmingham — location: transit area. Hours: 4:30 — 21:00 (daily). Access to the hall: pay at the entrance (30.00 £) • Order online (24.00 £) • Priority passage.
Free WiFi is available at Birmingham Airport throughout.
If a dream at Birmingham airport does not entice you, there are hotels located within walking distance or a short distance from the airport.
Etap Hotel — 1 minute walk from the airport terminal, or you can book a hotel shuttle bus for a fee.
Ibis Hotel Birmingham Airport — (5 minutes walk to airport terminal) Airport shuttle available
Ibis Styles Birmingham Airport NEC is a new hotel, just 5 minutes from the airport. Airport shuttle available
Novotel Hotel — (1 minute walk to the airport) Located opposite the arrival and departure terminals, 2 minutes walk from terminals 1 and 2.
Travelodge Birmingham Airport Hotel — (4 minutes from the entrance to the airport terminal) no transfer to the airport
Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport — (4 minutes from the entrance to the airport terminal), a free shuttle to the airport goes from the hotel to the train station, serving the airport every 30 minutes.
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near the airport on TripAdvisor, which can be sorted by price.
Additional amenities, services and activities for staying at the airport
- ATMs are available throughout the airport, in the public area and transit area.
- Luggage Trolleys — Location: various levels: £ 1 or (non-refundable) 2 €
- Currency Exchange — American Express provides services in 4 locations: the common access zone (first floor, North check, 5:00 o’clock — 20:00) • The common access zone (first floor, South check, 6:00 o’clock — 18:00) • Shared area (first floor, arrival area, adjacent to the car rental tables, 6:00 hours — 23:00) • Transit area (departure hall, 16:00 hours)
- Early baggage claim — Thomson, First Choice and Falcon passengers traveling on Thomson Airways flights can check in their bags the day before the flight. They must register online. Location: Thomson reception. Opening hours: 12:00 — 22:00 (Daily).
- Express Lane Security — If you want to quickly go through security checks, you can pay £ 3 per person (book online in advance or pay at the Express Lane entrance).
- Family Service
Baby Care — Children’s changing stations are located in the public access and transit areas throughout the airport. Pharmacy Boots, located in the transit zone, offers pre-order baby milk, just place your order 5 days before your trip
Sky Zone — If you are traveling with children, be sure to visit the Sky Zone. Here you will find interactive games and screens that will entertain young travelers and maybe even adults. Games include: interactive tables on touch screens with quizzes and free graphic editors, inflatable domes with musical rays of light, reflective tents, and more. Location: transit area, near Costa Coffee and WH Smiths.
- Carriages — If you arrive at Birmingham Airport, there are coin-operated cars available as soon as you disembark from the plane. Price: refundable fee of £ 1. Point of return in the baggage hall.
- Food and Drinks — Several items of food and beverages in the common access and transit areas. Many open at 4:00. Below is a 24-hour catering option: public area: Spar 24 is a convenience store (location: north, check-in) • Costa Coffee (location: arrival hall)
- Baggage storage and lockers — Location: Lost and Found on the first floor • The baggage item offers storage for up to 3 months. Location: North Terminal, Shared Area, Registration Area, adjacent to American Express. Opening hours: (5:00 — 22:00)
- Drugstore — Boots — Location: public access zone, first floor, northern check-in area (Hours: 4:00 — 20:00) • Transit zone, in the departure hall (opening hours: 4:00 — 20:00) • Transit zone in departure lounge, exits 1-20 (5:00 — 20:00).
- Post Office — Spar 24 has a post office that offers a range of services, such as postal services, bill payments, and others. Location: North Registration, Shared Area. Hours: Spar 24 is open 24 hours, but the post office may have limited working hours.
- Prayer room — there is a multiver prayer room located on the first floor at the reception 28. Hours: 4:00 — 22:00. Muslim prayer is held on Fridays at 13:30, the Christian faith is held on Tuesdays at 12:00.
- Observation deck — the visibility zone of the aircraft is provided with benches and has a beautiful view of the runway. Location: parking 5. Hours: around the clock.
- Shopping — in addition to the duty-free shop, the following stores are available at the airport: Accessorize • Hugo Boss • JD Sports • Next • Pandora • The Fashion Place • WHSmith • Victoria’s Secret • The Watch Collection.
- Souls — available in the halls of the airport. [see airport lounges above]
- Smoking is prohibited at the airport; it is allowed in one specific area that is accessed through the Meridan Bar (transit zone)
The airport is open around the clock
Five bus routes are served by the airport: 900 / 900A (Birmingham-Coventry), 966 (Erdington-Solihull), 97 / 97A (24 hours delivery to Birmingham City Center), 75 / 75A (Sutton Coldfield-Birmingham International Station) and 91 (Chelmsley Wood and Birmingham International Station). To view route maps, schedules, and fare information, visit the Network West Midlands website.
Long-distance buses connect the airport with more than 35 cities in the UK with the services offered by National Express and Megabus. National Express is the UK’s largest bus operator with multiple daily services available to and from Birmingham Airport.
National express bus tickets can be bought on board from the bus driver if the seats are still available, or guarantee yourself a seat by purchasing your ticket online. To view itineraries, schedules, fares, and ticket purchases, visit the National Express website.
Megabus offers budget city trips between Birmingham Airport and 16 destinations, with fares starting from £ 1 (plus a booking fee). Megabus tickets are only sold online. To view routes, schedules, fares and ticket purchases, go to the Megabus website.
Car rental racks are located in the arrivals hall between Costa and Deli Hub. Local car rental agencies include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. Opening hours vary slightly between agencies, but most are open daily from approximately 6:00 — 12:00.
Licensed black taxis are the only taxis allowed to work in the airport taxi stand and are available around the clock in front of the airport terminal. All licensed black taxis at the airport are accessible for disabled people and are able to carry up to 5 or 8 passengers with luggage. Credit cards are accepted by all licensed black taxis.