The United Kingdom’s third largest regional airport (after Manchester and Edinburgh), Birmingham Airport was used by more than 8.5 million passengers last year. As you might expect from a major regional airport in addition to budget carriers like easyJet, Ryanair and Monarch a number of long-haul airlines fly from Birmingham Airport.
Continental flies daily from Birmingham Airport to New York. Emirates also fly daily from Birmingham Airport, with a morning flight to Dubai connecting with flights to destinations all over the world. A number of European airlines (including Brussels Airlines, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, SAS and Swiss) also fly to destinations worldwide via European hub cities)
Getting to Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is located just off the M42 (junction 6) and close to the M6 and M1. Being at the junction of several major motorways makes Birmingham Airport convenient not only from the midlands, but from the North West, Yorkshire, the South West and even the South East. The postcode for your SatNav or for the AA route planner is B26 3QJ.
When it comes to Birmingham Airport parking, you have plenty of choice. As ever though it is important to pre-book as ‘drive up’ parking prices are significantly higher than when parking is booked in advance.
The cheapest parking is a short distance away from the airport with Airparks. You can book parking for one week from as little as £36.99 with a 13 minute bus transfer which is included in the price and operates every 25 minutes.
You have to pre-book the Airparks car park (you can’t pay on the day) and can do this on the Holiday Extras website. If you prefer to avoid a transfer you can also opt for valet parking so you can drop your car right at the terminal and let someone else park it for you. Surprisingly this is not all that expensive (£57.50 for a week) although if you do prefer to park your car yourself you can also opt for the medium or short stay car parks (£79.99 booked online compared to around £140 on the day.) If you have a reasonable drive to get to the airport, think about a hotel and parking deal. The Britannia Coventry Hill (8 miles from the airport) has a one night stay with one week’s parking from £56. Even after paying £5 per person (£2.50 per child) for a transfer, the price is stunning.
Birmingham Airport is served by Birmingham International Station. Just a few hundred metres from the terminal, it is convenient connected by the ‘Air-Rail Link’ which is free to use and runs every few minutes from 0515 to 0200.
Birmingham International Station is on the main line between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston making it easily accessible from both the North West and the South (see Cross Country Trains and Virgin Trains). Local services are operated direct to Birmingham International by London Midland Trains and Arriva Trains Wales operate direct services from Aberystwyth and Holyhead.
Birmingham International is connected by twice hourly services to Birmingham New Street which take only 10 minutes. Effectively this makes Birmingham Airport accessible by train from anywhere in the country.
Both Megabus and National Express operate coach services to Birmingham Airport. Destinations conveniently served by Megabus include Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Cardiff, Oxford and Bristol.
National Express can work out quite a bit more expensive than Megabus, but often has far more services meaning it may well still offer the best connection for your flight. The National Express network is also larger so you may find it easier to travel from your home town via National Express.
Staying at the Airport: Birmingham Airport Hotels
With around 30 flights per day leaving before 8am, you may find need to set off for the airport a lot earlier than you would like to. It can be even worse if you have a long trip to get there. You can always opt to start your trip feeling fresh by staying overnight at one of the many Birmingham Airport hotels.
Ramada Encore NEC Birmingham Airport
One of the closer Birmingham Airport Hotels, the Encore NEC is located at the National Exhibition Centre. The NEC is across the road from the train station, which is itself connected to the airport by a monorail. Walking and using the monorail (which is free) you will be at the airport in less than 10 minutes. If you prefer to take a taxi for luggage it will cost around £5-7.
Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel Birmingham Airport
The Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel is around 8 miles and a 15 minute drive away from the airport. If you are driving to Birmingham Airport from further afield though, this is the perfect place to stay. As the hotel is a little further away from the airport it is cheaper, but when you factor in parking it is incredibly cheap. A one night stay with one week’s parking at the hotel costs just £59, this is seriously good value.
Birmingham Airport Lounges
Birmingham Airport is another UK airport where you have a choice of airport lounges. This competition keeps the prices down and keeps the service levels up, so treating yourself to lounge access is a great way to start your trip.
Both the 4Deck Lounge and the Servisair Lounge provide free snacks and drinks (including alcoholic drinks) in relaxing surroundings. Entertain yourself while you wait for your flight by watching the flat-screen TVs, reading complimentary newspapers or surfing the free WiFi.
Where can you fly to from Birmingham Airport?
|Alicante (Ryanair & Monarch)||Geneva (easyJet)||Malaga (Ryanair & Monarch)|
|Almeria (Monarch)||Gran Canaria (Ryanair & Monarch)||Malta (Ryanair)|
|Barcelona (Ryanair)||Grenoble (easyJet)||Menorca (Monarch)|
|Bratislava (Ryanair)||Ibiza (Ryanair & Monarch)||Montpellier (Ryanair)|
|Dalaman (Monarch)||Kaunas (Ryanair)||Murcia (Ryanair)|
|Derry (Ryanair)||Lanzarote (Ryanair & Monarch)||Palma (Ryanair)|
|Faro (Ryanair & Monarch)||Larnaca (Monarch)||Tenerife (Ryanair & Monarch)|
|Fuerteventura (Ryanair & Monarch)||Lisbon (easyJet)||Trieste (Ryanair)|
|Gdansk (Ryanair)||Majorca (Monarch)|