Getting to Birmingham...

Birmingham is one of the most accessible cities in the UK. Situated in the heart of the country and well served by all major forms of transport, travel to and from the city couldn't be easier.

By air:
More than 25 scheduled airlines operate direct flights to over 58 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Asia, including New York and 13 capital cities. Frequent flights to the main European hub airports provide convenient connections to destinations worldwide. The airport is situated 8 miles southeast of Birmingham and has its own mainline station, Birmingham International, nearby. Participants can now fly direct to Birmingham on the following airlines: Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, British European, Continental Airlines, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa and SAS.

By rail:
Birmingham is served by three main line stations - Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill in the city centre and Birmingham International for the airport and NEC. Birmingham New Street station is just 90 minutes from

London Euston on the West Coast Mainline, which takes in destinations including Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

As well as these North-South connections, Birmingham is well served with East-West routes, enabling easy travel from most towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales.

For further rail information, please visit the following websites:
Railtrack www.railtrack.co.uk
Trainline www.thetrainline.com

By car:
Birmingham lies at the crossroads of the UK's motorway system with direct links to the M6, M5, M1, M42 and M40 making Birmingham within a couple of hours drive of London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Cardiff, Sheffield and Leeds. It is also at the centre of Britain's national coach network, connecting directly with 500 destinations. If you plan to travel by car, you are advised to contact your hotel to confirm that a parking space is available.

The M6 motorway connects Birmingham to London and the south, and the north-west of England and Scotland. Junction 6 of the M6 is also one of Birmingham's most famous landmarks, and probably the most famous motorway junction in the UK: Spaghetti Junction, officially called the Gravelly Hill Interchange. Other local motorways include:
The A38(M) which links Spaghetti Junction to the city centre
The M40, which connects Birmingham to London and Oxford
The M5, connecting Birmingham to the south-west of England
The M42, which connects Birmingham to the East Midlands
The M6 Toll, which enables through traffic on the M6 to bypass Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

Other major roads passing through Birmingham include:
The A34 from Manchester to Winchester
The A38 from Mansfield to Bodmin
The A41 from London to Birkenhead
The A45 from Birmingham to Thrapston (formerly to Felixstowe)
The A47 from Birmingham to Great Yarmouth
The A4040 Outer Ring Road

Birmingham became known for its numerous road intersections, tunnels and overpasses. However, over the previous decade, the council has been removing these. Possibly, most notably, Masshouse Circus which was known as a "concrete collar" due to its profile of being elevated preventing development beyond it.

By coach:
For information on coach times, fares and more, please visit the National Express website at www.nationalexpress.co.uk