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Travel and directions to the University of Birmingham

By car (for information on parking, see bottom of the page)
Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6:
Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M)
At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road
The University is on your right, two and a half miles from the city centre

Approaching from the M42 north:
Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above

Approaching from the south west:
Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW) to join the A38
The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway

Approaching from the M40:
It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road
The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway




By rail
Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street Station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University station, final destination Longbridge or Redditch). The centre of the main campus is a five-minute walk from University Station.


By coach
There are frequent express coach services to Birmingham from London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, and many UK cities. The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the city centre.


By bus
Numbers 21, 44, 61, 62 and 63 all travel to the university. The services all run frequently from the city centre. There is a travel information office outside New Street Station, where you can obtain bus timetables and departure point information. Maps can be found throughout the city centre indicating bus stop locations.


By taxi
There are taxi ranks at New Street Station and throughout the city centre. The journey to the University takes about ten minutes.


By air
Birmingham International Airport has direct flights from locations in the UK, as well as from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The journey by taxi from the airport to the University takes approximately half an hour. Alternatively, Air-Rail Link provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station. Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds). Birmingham International railway station has frequent services to New Street Station in the city centre (journey time around 15 minutes).

If you are arriving at London, there is a frequent train service from London Euston railway station to New Street Station (journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes).
From Heathrow Airport. Take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station. Alternatively, an Airbus runs from Heathrow Airport direct to Euston Station
From Gatwick Airport. Take the Airport Express train to Victoria Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station

Visitor car parking
Visitors to campus are requested to park in any of the 4 pay & display car parks, those are:
- South Car Park (access via Edgbaston Park Road), this is the closest car park to the Debating Hall (venue for West Midlands Dance Showcase) and is a 5 min walk from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, click here for map.
- North Car Park (access via Pritchatts Rd)
- Vincent Drive Car Park (access via Vincent Drive)
- Pritchatts Rd Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive)

All of the above are peripheral car parks and can be accessed without entering the main campus. The current cost is £1.00 per day.


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