Birmingham International Airport is the main international gateway for tourists travelling to the city. Located 10.2 km towards the south-east of the Birmingham city centre, the airport is bordered by the National Exhibition Centre to the east, Marston Green to the north, Sheldon to the west and the village of Bickenhill to the south.
Sitting in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, the airport is primarily served by the A45 main road, and is close to Junction 6 of the M42 motorway. There are two terminals at the airport that are joined by the Birmingham Millennium Link walkway, Terminal 1 or the Main Terminal and Terminal 2 (Eurohub) handle flights from the UK and Europe.
The terminals are facilitated with bureau de change, 24-hour cash machines (ATMs) and postal facilities. At the terminals, there are restaurants, cafés, fast food outlets, bars and retail shops. Apart from special facilities for disabled passengers, the terminals also contain offices of car rental agencies, parking spaces and duty free shopping zones.
Transfers to the city centre
Located at a distance of 10.2 km to the south-east of Birmingham city centre, Birmingham International Airport is the main airport of the area. SkyRail shuttle provides fast transfers for passengers directly to Birmingham International Train Station and to the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre from the airport.
In addition to this, tourists can travel to the airport from the city centre by bikes, taxis, buses, trains and cars. The airport is situated on the main A45 Coventry Road, next to Junction 6 on the M42. Owing to this, the airport has connections to many major motorways, including the M1, M5, M6 and M40.
Travelling by car, tourists can enter the airport from the north and south via Junction 6 of the M42 motorway. A45 motorway runs to the airport directly from the city centre. Travelling this route by cars, tourists can reach the airport from the city centre within 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Travelling on the A45 towards Solihull, tourists can reach the airport by bicycles. From outside the airport's terminal buildings, black cabs can be availed to the Birmingham city centre which can be reached within around 30 minutes, depending upon traffic.
Taxi meters at Birmingham International Airport start at a basic fare, to which additional charges are made for luggage, late-night driving and travel on public holidays. Credit cards can be used for taxi fare payment.
For travelling to Birmingham city centre and Coventry, tourists can opt for buses and coaches that operate from outside Terminal 1. National Express West Midlands travel from the airport to the city centre, while National Express Coaches operates services for Birmingham Coach Station, such as the 777 and the 422.
The Birmingham International Train Station and the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre are linked with the airport by the new SkyRail services. Located on the West Coast Main Line between Birmingham and London, Birmingham International station has services for Birmingham New Street station. The free AirRail Link provides access between the railway station and the airport terminal.
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