The map below details the important stations, stops, and transport links needed to travel to and within Birmingham and the university.
Getting to Birmingham:
Birmingham New Street Station is the largest railway station in the city centre. It is a major destination from London Euston, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley (with Virgin Trains), as well as numerous other stations across the UK (with services from CrossCountry and London Midland operators). Alternatively, there are services to Birmingham Moor Street and Snowhill (also in the city centre) from London Marylebone (operated by Chiltern Railways). To consult ticket availability and booking online, check the websites: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ and https://www.thetrainline.com/. Please remember that booking far in advance will guarantee the best prices.
National Express (http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx) offers service from many cities to the main coach station, which is located in Digbeth, just to the east of the city centre. Megabus also offers services from many cities in the UK (https://uk.megabus.com/Default.aspx).
Birmingham Airport (https://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/) currently serves more than 140 direct flights and offers an additional 280 possible connections worldwide. Find out from which destinations you can fly to Birmingham Airport at the website: http://www.want2gothere.com/bhx/destinations/. Birmingham Airport is connected to the city via Birmingham International train station, which can be accessed using the free ‘Air-Rail Link’ monorail system. The Air-Rail Link takes two minutes to get to the train station and operates between 03:30 and 00:30 hours daily. There are at least 6 trains per hour (operated by Virgin Trains and Cross Country) departing from Birmingham International station to Birmingham New StreetsStation. Website: https://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/directions-and-transport/by-train/. As an alternative, there are taxis available and the cost from the airport to the city centre should vary between £20 and £50 depending on destination and traffic.
Distances from selected other major cities in the UK to Birmingham, by road:
- Manchester–Birmingham: 140 km (86.5 miles), via M6
- Liverpool–Birmingham: 160 km (99 miles), via M6
- Bristol–Birmingham: 156 km (97.4 miles), via M5
- London–Birmingham: 202 km (126 miles), via M40
- Edinburgh–Birmingham: 471 km (293 miles), via M6
Public transportation in Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is located on a campus in Edgbaston, a couple of miles south of the city centre, and is best accessed by rail. The campus has its own train station, called University (Selly Oak station is also in a reasonable walking distance). From New Street station (in the city centre) or Five Ways station (just southwest of the city centre), trains to Longbridge/Redditch stop at these two stations, and usually run every 10 minutes. Trains to Hereford and Cardiff may also stop at University. The journey time from New Street to University is around seven minutes, and around three minutes from Five Ways. All northbound trains from University stop at New Street station. Return tickets from New Street cost £2.90 (peak) or £2.50 (off-peak). Check train hours and platform information on the website: https://www.thetrainline.com/
The largest bus operator in Birmingham is National Express West Midlands (http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/?route=west-midlands). Buses number 99 and 98 are good options to get to the University from the city centre. Single tickets cost £2.40, and day tickets are £4.60. Group tickets are also available. Please note that buses require the correct change. It is also possible to walk or cycle (or even canoe!) to the University of Birmingham from the city centre by following the canal towpath from Gas St Basin or the Mailbox. It is a pleasant walk, although it involves passing through a long tunnel, but we would only recommend it in daylight hours.
Parking can be exceptionally busy at the University campus during the week, and in general we would recommend avoiding driving. Parking is restricted on many of the streets surrounding the campus. More information on parking is available at: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/has/sustainable-travel/car-parking.aspx Visitors to campus are requested to park in the following locations:
- North East Car Park Multi Storey (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA
- North Car Park (access via Pritchatts Rd) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SB
- Pritchatts Road Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2QU
- Pritchatts Park (next car park along after Pritchatts Rd car park)
Visitor parking charges range from £2–£6 depending on the length of stay.
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