Birmingham Airport (BHX), formerly known as Elmdon Airport, is an international airport serving the city of Birmingham, and is located in Solihull, 10 km south-east of Birmingham. In terms of passenger numbers, Birmingham Airport is currently the 7th busiest airport in the UK. The busiest domestic routes are Edinburgh, Belfast City, Glasgow and Belfast International, and the most popular international routes are Dublin, Dubai, Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Birmingham City Center (Birmingham Bus Station) is only 25 minutes from the airport if you take the direct bus serviced by the National Express.
Line X1 connects Birmingham and Coventry and stops at the exchange station of Birmingham Airport:
The bus leaves from the center of Birmingham (Moor Street Q’way) to Coventry Pool Meadow and back, and it stops at BHX
It takes about 45 minutes to get to the city. Buses operate frequently during the day, from 01:05 to 00:05.
The price of one ticket is £ 2.40, and a daily ticket costs £ 4.60 (for children £ 1.20 / 3.10), and it is bought on board.
Route 75 / 75A — connects Sutton Coldfield International Station and Birmingham
Route 91 — connects Chelmsley Wood and Birmingham International Station
Route 97 / 97A — connects the center of Birmingham with Birmingham Airport
Route 966 connects Erdington and Solihull via Birmingham Airport
NOTE. There are two bus stops at the airport, so check the timetables for which route stops (either at the airport terminal or in the Birmingham international exchange available via the air railway channel).
Birmingham Airport has its own railway station (Birmingham International Station), and it is very well connected not only with the center of Birmingham, but also with more than 100 other cities. The station is easily accessible by air-railway line, which takes you there in just 2 minutes. Here are some of the possible directions:
Departure 9 times per hour during the day, to the city center — 25 minutes. Ticket prices range from £ 2.90-3.70.
In Manchester Piccadilly, Northampton, Coventry, London Euston, Bournemouth, Shrewsbury
Official airport taxis are available around the clock and they all accept debit and credit cards, provide you with receipts, and they are the only taxis that have permission to work from the airport, so do not be afraid to overpay. The usual taxi fare to the center of Birmingham is £ 25-30.
A transfer from the airport to the house is a good idea if you are traveling in a small group and you need fast delivery to your destination. It will cost you almost as much as a taxi, but will save a few pounds if you are not alone.
Car rental companies such as Avis, Budget and Enterprise are located right after passing through the security area in the arrivals area. As an alternative, you can always order a car in advance and save some money and time.
Birmingham is located in the heart of England, so if you arrive with a large group of people, it would be nice to rent a bus and visit other cities. However, if you plan to do this, make sure that you do it on time.
Question: My plane is late. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
Oh no. Getting to the city center is easy because the airport is very well connected by both buses and trains. Bus line X1 runs almost all day and night, and trains travel very often.
Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?
A: Definitely, you can choose between several hotels located near the airport:
Novotel Birmingham Airport Hotel (4 *) — Free Wi-Fi, Laundry, Restaurant
Hotel ibis Birmingham Airport (3 *) — Free Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar
Ibis Budget Birmingham Airport — NEC (2 *) — free Wi-Fi, parking and disabled access
Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport (3 *) — free Wi-Fi, indoor pool
Tri Star Hotel (3 *) — free Wi-Fi, free parking and breakfast included
Question: I would like to visit Birmingham between flights. Is it possible
- A: Of course, the city center of Birmingham is only 10 kilometers from the airport, so you will quickly get there and return on time, because buses and trains run every 10 minutes throughout the day. You can leave your luggage at the vault at the airport located in the check-in area of the north terminal (from 04:00 to 20:00).
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my trips?
- Answer: Yes, you can exchange your money at the ICE (International Currency Exchange) office located at the airport, or withdraw money from several ATMs throughout the airport. However, we recommend that you take pounds with you, because the cost of the exchange is much higher at airports.
Question: I continue my journey outside of Birmingham. Are there any straight lines at other destinations?