How to Reach Birmingham

How to reach Birmingham


  • By Air: Birmingham International Airport is a major airport situated just outside the city, in Solihull, about 8 miles east of central Birmingham, serving the city and the rest of the West Midlands region with frequent domestic and international flights.
  • By Train: Birmingham is a major hub of Britain's rail network. The main station is New Street, with Snow Hill and Moor Street carrying significantly fewer services, but include superior service from London Marylebone station. New Street also has faster, but more expensive, services to London Euston.
  • By Boat: Due to its industrial heritage, Birmingham has an extensive canal network and is on both the "Worcester & Birmingham" and "Grand Union" canals. Visitors travelling by narrowboat can choose from several tourist moorings, managed privately or by British Waterways.
  • By Taxi: Birmingham is well sign-posted and surrounded by motorways; the M42, the M5, and the M6 which includes the infamous Spaghetti Junction (Gravelly Hill Interchange).


  • By Tram: Birmingham has a single metro line, running between Snow Hill Station and Wolverhampton, via the Jewellery Quarter, West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston. Plans are afoot to extend the service out to Five Ways, via the City Centre and along Broad Street.
  • By Bus: All areas of Birmingham are well-served by bus routes, operated almost exclusively by National Express West Midlands (NXWM) with some competition from smaller providers, notably Diamond Buses this is the most itinerary planner friendly way around Birmingham.
  • By Train: There is an extensive overland rail network serving most of Birmingham and the West Midlands area, operated mainly by London Midland. Route maps and timetables are available from libraries, tourist information offices and railway stations.
  • By Car: Birmingham's city centre is partially pedestrianized and has several unintuitive one-way systems. A car is a viable way of getting around the city and other areas, but a good map or sat-nav is essential.
  • By Taxi: Birmingham has an abundance of taxi ranks all over the city, the best-served being New Street Station. Both hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are easy to find, but you should exercise caution and not get into an unmarked car or one you haven't booked.

Modes of Transportation in Birmingham

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Birmingham. The most preferred mode of transport in Birmingham is Walking.

Average distance: 9.16 km Average time: 35 min

  • Walking 30%
    Walking 20 min Train 8.33 min Driving 3.33 min Waiting 1.67 min Overall average time for 5.47 kms 33.33 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 20%
    Bus 24 min Waiting 5.5 min Walking 5.5 min Overall average time for 6.92 kms 35 min
  • Train/Metro 10%
    Train 20 min Walking 10 min Waiting 5 min Overall average time for 12.87 kms 35 min
  • Tram/Streetcar 20%
    Tram 20 min Walking 15 min Bus 5 min Waiting 5 min Overall average time for 15.63 kms 45 min
  • Car 10%
    Driving 20 min Overall average time for 8.05 kms 20 min
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