Transport options to the NEC, Birmingham

Plan your journey to the event in advance to save money and time.

Accommodation can be booked through our preferred supplier TCS Hotels & Venues.

Getting there by car

The NEC is in the perfect location for car travel – 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network.

Birmingham is at the heart of the UK motorway network, enabling visitors to travel directly from the M6, M1, M40 and M42. The NEC has its own on-site car parks with over 16,500 spaces. Just pop the postcode B40 1NT into your sat nav, jump in the car and we’ll see you in a few hours!

Parking – With 16,500 spaces available the NEC has got plenty of room for you. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by the NEC traffic team to get you to the right car park area for your event. Once you’ve parked you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the hall using the sign posted footpaths.

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Getting there by train

How many venues have an airport AND a train station attached via walkway? Birmingham International Station allows you to reach the NEC from anywhere in the country. The London service can even get you to the capital in just 90 minutes.

Group travel discount
You can get 20% off when you travel with Virgin Trains to any event at the NEC, just like Packaging Innovations.

The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside!

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Getting there by plane

With Birmingham International Airport located conveniently just a few short minutes away, The NEC is unquestionably the most internationally well connected venue in the UK.

The airport is served by 20 international airlines flying to 34 destinations across the UK, Europe and North America. And don’t forget, the train station, also located by the venue, can get you to London in 1 hour, allowing easy access to Heathrow, Gatwick, and other regional airports.

From the airport, simply take the free and fast Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International railway station and then it’s just a minute walk the to the NEC entrance.

The Air-Rail Link runs every 2 minutes and takes just 90 seconds to reach the NEC. It leaves the airport from the upper level of Terminal 1, and operates daily between 5:15am and 2:00am.

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Getting there by bus

National Express coaches run services between Digbeth coach station, near Birmingham city centre, to Birmingham Airport. From the airport you can get to the NEC in minutes.

Birmingham New Street station is approx. 11 minutes walk from Digbeth coach station.

The NEC is approximately 10 miles by taxi from the coach station at Digbeth.

There are also buses from Digbeth via Moor Street Bus/Rail Interchange (also in Birmingham city centre): the 900 local bus service runs every 20 minutes during the day, journey time approximately 30 minutes.

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Accommodation

TSC Hotels & Venues are the preferred supplier for accommodation for this event. The NEC complex has many hotels covering all budgets.

To avoid disappointment and get the best rates, please book early.

Tel: +44 (0) 1335 345655