Travel Information

How to get from London Heathrow to Birmingham

By Bus

  • National Express operates buses from all terminals at LHR to Birmingham
  • Tickets for all coaches can be bought from the ticket office at Heathrow central bus station (06:00 – 22:10) or online
  • For the Heathrow coach network map, please click here
  • Further information can be found online: http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx

By Train

  • Take the Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect to Paddington Station. From Paddington Station you have to take the Circle Line (Yellow) to Euston Square
  • From Euston Square it is an approx. 5min walk to Euston Station where the trains to Birmingham depart
  • Alternatively you can take the Piccadilly Line (Blue) to King’s Cross/St. Pancras and from King’s Cross/St. Pancras the Circle Line (Yellow) to Euston Square
  • London Underground’s Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow and the capital
  • Journey time by Tube is under an hour and you shouldn’t have to wait longer than ten minutes for a train, even off-peak
  • To view the Heathrow train and underground map, please click here
  • Further information regarding Heathrow Express can be found here: http://www.heathrowexpress.com
  • Further information regarding Heathrow Connect can be found here: http://www.heathrowconnect.com
  • Further information regarding public transportation in London can be found here: http://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/
  • Further information regarding train connections from Euston Station to Birmingham New Street can be found here: http://www.thetrainline.com

How to get to Birmingham

By Public Transit (from Birmingham International Airport)

  • A free Air-Rail Link connects the airport Passenger Terminals with Birmingham International Rail Station between 05:15 and 02:00
  • It runs every two minutes and the journey time is less than two minutes
  • From the Birmingham International Rail Station trains run to New Street Station every 5-15 min from around 6:15 (Su 8:45) to 23:15
  • The journey takes 10-20 min depending on whether you get an express or local (stopping) service and costs £3 one way (local service) or £7 (express service)
  • Bus service 900 runs every 15 during the daytime into Birmingham City Centre and half hourly in the evenings and Sundays, a single is £2.00 but a £3.90 daysaver gets you on all National Express West Midlands local buses for the day
  • Bus service 966 linking the airport with Solihull and Erdington operates every half hourly during the day with an hourly evening and Sunday service

By Taxi (from Birmingham International Airport)

  • A taxi from the airport to central Birmingham will take around 20-30 min and will cost around £22.00

How to get around in Birmingham

By Train

  • Network West Midlands provides online timetables, fares including day tickets and passes, ticket purchase and route planning
  • New Street Station is at the hub of the National Rail network with fast and frequent services to London’s Euston station and many other major towns and cities across the UK

By Bus

  • Network West Midlands provides all the online timetables and fare information needed for easy ticket buying and route planning. Click here to visit
  • Alternatively call 0871 200 22 33 for timetable information (Calls from landlines cast 10p per minute)
  • Please remember that you need to give the exact fare to the driver as you board

By Taxi

  • TOA taxis are Birmingham’s black cab operators
  • Taxis can be hailed in the street or reached at one of the many taxi ranks in the city centre; the main ones are at New Street Station, Stephenson Street and Digbeth Coach Station

Visa information

Citizens of EU countries as well as citizens of Iceland, Norway and Switzerland only need a valid national ID card to enter Great Britain. Those from countries within the EU that do not have an ID card system need a valid passport to enter, which should have spare pages and be valid for at least six months beyond the date of exit.

Visitor from the US, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand can usually obtain a multiple-entry visitor’s visa valid for six months, while longer duration visas are also available. Allow at least two weeks when applying for a visa at a British embassy or consulate in your home country-longer in Asia.