Holidays from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham airport destinations
- You can catch local flights within Britain from Birmingham to Aberdeen, Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dundee, the Isle of Man and more.
- International flights depart direct to all manner of exciting destinations including Amsterdam, Hannover, Nice and Hamburg, Malaga and Brussels, Stuttgart, Paphos, Paris, Dubrovnik, Copenhagen and Berlin.
- You can also fly from Birmingham to Frankfurt, Bydgoszcz and Milan, Zurich, Tenerife and Thira.
- And holidaymakers in the midlands can also reach Budapest, Kaunas, Faro, Alicante, Mahon and even glorious Dubai from Birmingham International, making it a firm favourite locally and further afield.
Birmingham airport basics
Birmingham airport’s first flight took off in 1939. Today it deals with an impressive 9 million or so passengers every year. In the year 2000 the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh opened a new £40 million terminal with a smart new arrivals area linking the two terminals and an amazing pier glass sided air bridges, more check-in desks, six baggage carousels and a dozen new retail outlets, new Customs and Immigration areas. The latest addition, a state-of-the-art extension to Terminal One, took place in 2007 and today Birmingham is one of the most modern and well equipped airports in the country.
It’s a little heaven for shoppers with duty free, Dixons, Superdry, Accessorize, Holland & Barrett, Gamegrid, Antler, Boots, JD Sports, Next and much more. There are also masses of clean, friendly places to eat, whether it’s snacks or a full meal. There are plenty of bars to enjoy too, including Blanc et Noir Champagne and Wine Bar. There’s a multi-cultural faith prayer room and baggage trolleys for hire throughout the airport. If you need advice, try the airport’s Visitor Centre, next to Arrivals, for information about local attractions, events and onward travel.
Birmingham Airport is well served by buses. The 900 connects Birmingham and Coventry, the 966 connects Erdington and Solihull and the 777 drops off at Hams Hall, Coleshill Parkway and Birmingham Airport. There is a bus terminal on the airport site and another at Birmingham International Interchange. You’ll find bus timetables here. You can also catch long distance coaches from the airport, run by Megabus and National Express, and many local airport hotels provide convenient shuttle bus services.
The airport connects directly with more than 100 British towns and cities via Birmingham International railway station. The Air-Rail Link monorail system takes you between the airport and the railway station and it’s free, running regular services between 5.15am and 2pm every day.
Birmingham airport sits just off Junction 6 on the M42 via the A45. It’s well signposted from every direction. If you’re coming from the north west, take the M6 and M42. If you’re coming from the north east take the M1 and M42. From the east, take the M6. From the south east take the M40. And from the south west, you’ll need to hit the M5.
A large number of household name airlines fly out of Birmingham, including Monarch, Flybe, bmibaby and Thomson. You’ll find flights with Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Brussells Airlines and Air France. Birmingham hosts flights by Etihad Airlines, Pakistan International, Blue1 and Eastern Airways, BA, KLM and Kenya Airways, plus Aeroflot- Russian International, Ukraine International Airlines and Strategic Airlines.
Airport car parking
The drop and go area is right next to the terminal. There are short/medium stay multi storey car parks next to the terminal building too, as well as on-site long stay parking within easy walking distance or a short bus ride away. There’s also official Valet Parking at the NCP and special Motorcycle Parking in multi storey car park 3, also just a short walk from the terminal.
There are a few on-airport hotels, including a couple directly over the road from the terminal, with special sound proofing to block airport noise. The famous NEC complex is also a good destination for hotels, with Birmingham International railway station a two minute monorail ride away and easy, fast access from there to the terminal. If you have spare time, you can always head into town and see the sights from a city centre hotel – there’s something for every budget from low cost basic B&Bs to the ultimate in five star luxury.
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Address and phone number
Birmingham Airport Limited, Birmingham, B26 3QJ