Travelling within Birmingham - Other public transportation
Other public transportation
From the Digbeth Coach Station on Digbeth High Street, about a 10-minute walk south of the city centre, tourists can avail local buses. Within the city, National Express West Midlands is the main bus operator. In addition to this, smaller providers such as Pete's Travel and the Birmingham Coach Company also operate in the city.
Some local buses for various points in the city also depart from Bull Street, Colmore Row, Corporation Street and Stephenson Street. These buses also provide frequent services in and out of the city centre.
From Snow Hill, Queensway, near Colmore Circus and Snow Hill Station, Megabus departs that offers limited local services within the city. A one-way bus fare on National Express West Midlands buses ranges from $1.96 to $2.77.
n-network One Day Card, n-network Daytripper, n-bus One Day Ticket, The Metro/Bus pass and West Midlands Day Ranger allows unlimited travels on city buses.
From the abundant taxi ranks in the city that are prominently located at New Street Station and Broad Street, cabs can be hired. Taxis can also be found at the official taxi rank outside Terminal 1 of the airport. In addition to black cabs, 24-hour hackney carriage service can be availed from the taxi ranks in the city and the airport.
Taxis are scarce in the city on Friday or Saturday night, when tourists return home in mass from the nightspots. Fare for taxis from the city centre to the airport is $24.52. Seating five to eight people, a small minibus costs $35.96.
Tourists can avail taxis from Bullring and the Mailbox. Taxis are the most favoured means of visiting Edgbaston, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Aston Villa and Villa Park stadium from the city centre.
Trains & Metro
Most of Birmingham and the West Midlands area are also served by an extensive train service. From New Street station, a suburban rail network operates that comprises nearly eight lines and enables travelling to Bordesley, the Jewellery Quarter, Cadbury World in Bourneville and the Barber Institute at the University. Trains also run till the Birmingham International Airport.
From the Snow Hill and Moor Street stations, scheduled services are available for Sutton Park, Aston, University of Birmingham, Bournville and Lickey Hills. Travellers can also avail local services to Hereford, Leamington Spa, Northampton, Nuneaton, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Stratford-Tamworth and Warwick, from these stations. The fares of the one line Midland Metro light rail system ranges from $2.45 to $4.41, one-way. Fares of trains range from $3.26 to $8.17.
A single metro line operates in the city that runs between Snow Hill Station and Wolverhampton. The route also covers Jewellery Quarter, West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston en-route. Known as the Metro, this service also covers Dudley.
Operational from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 8 am to 11 pm on Sunday and holidays, these are run by Midland Metro. The fare ranges from $1.14 for single length to $3.59 for full length.
Passes, including n-network One Day Card, n-network Daytripper, n-bus One Day Ticket, The Metro/Bus pass and West Midlands Day Ranger, permit tourists to take up unlimited travel on trains and metro within the Network West Midland area.
Out of the canal offices in Gas Street Basin, water-buses and taxis operate that provide tours of the area. Although there are only a few dedicated cycle lanes in the city, walking and cycling is one of the most favoured ways of exploring the destination.
Cycles can be rented from the rental agencies having offices at major streets like Bradford Street. In addition to this, motorcycles and mopeds are also amongst the popular means of travel within the city and its surrounding areas.
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