Venue – The NEC Birmingham

By Car
You’ll find the NEC clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 – just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your sat nav anymore, look out for the show name you’re visiting on the venue signs. Then, simply jump on the NEC’s free shuttle bus or take a leisurely stroll along the signposted footpaths. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you allow plenty of time for your journey.

Car Parking
The NEC has numerous car parks that are more broadly categorised into North, East, South and West. All in all there are over 20,000 onsite parking spaces! The NEC has designated car park spaces for visitors with disabilities. The cost of parking in an onsite car parking space is £16 on the day, £12 if booked in advance, which you can do here.

By Train
The NEC is situated adjacent to Birmingham International Rail Station; if you are coming to a show at the NEC you can reach any of the NEC’s halls without stepping outside. Depending on your origin station you can travel directly by train to the NEC by alighting at Birmingham International. If your point of origin does not provide a service directly to Birmingham International you will need to travel to Birmingham New Street first and get a connecting train from there, which is less than a 15-minute journey away. Once you have arrived at Birmingham International Rail Station take the stairs or lift from any platform up to the station interchange. The entrance to the NEC is situated on the right hand side as you exit the station and is clearly signposted. Continue to walk along the covered walkway, where you can then follow signs to reach your exact destination. For further information on travelling by train to Birmingham International Station, please contact National Rail enquiries by calling 08457 484950 or visiting the National Rail website.

By Plane
Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is the NEC’s neighbour, which is extremely convenient for overseas visitors and those on internal flights; once you’ve grabbed your luggage it will take just minutes to get to The NEC from the airport. This is the quickest way to reach the NEC. If you are on foot follow the signs to the Air-Rail Link, which is located at the upper level of Terminal 1. Once you have stepped off the Air-Rail at Birmingham International Station continue straight ahead through the concourse onto the NEC covered walkway. Taxi ranks are situated outside of the passenger terminals. Black cabs are the safest way to travel and each vehicle carries five people with luggage.

Air-Rail Link
The Air-Rail Link monorail system is a free, speedy and convenient way to travel between the Airport Passenger Terminals and Birmingham International Station and the NEC. The Air-Rail Link takes 90 seconds to get to the station and operates between 3.30am and 00.30am daily. Between the hours of 00.30am and 2am there is a courtesy bus in operation. Please use bus stop C from the airport terminal and bus stop NB at the train station.

By Bus and Coach
The NEC can be reached by a number of bus and coach services. Bus and coach information can be found at the following websites:

By Taxi

The NEC has teamed up with TOA Taxis to ensure a safe, friendly service is available to you 24/7 at the NEC

You can book over the phone by calling 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729, online or via their handy app. Alternatively, pick one up at the clearly marked ranks outside the NEC’s main entrances. For added convenience TOA Taxis accept all major credit cards, subject to a charge of 10%+VAT.

If you plan to arrive at the NEC using other taxi or private hire provider you will be dropped off at either the Piazza drop off and pick up area or the Atrium entrance.

At the end of your visit if you choose to use TOA you can be picked up by the main entrance, or if you are being picked up by other taxi or private hire provider, you will need to go to the Private Hire pick up area. You will find one located at either the Piazza or Atrium, a short walk from the main entrances.

If you are a disabled visitor please visit the NEC’s dedicated page.

By Bicycle or Foot

The best and safest way to get to the NEC by bicycle or by foot is to use the shared cycle footpath route to Birmingham International Railway Station and then the NEC is a short walk from there, it should take you about 10 minutes.

Click here to view the route.