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Birmingham Airport to City Centre

Birmingham is an energetic city located in the West Midlands of England. Known for its amazing bar and restaurant scene, picturesque canals and fascinating museums and art galleries, Birmingham is the perfect city break for both foodies and culture lovers.

When it comes to transport from Birmingham Airport to city centre, you have three options; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Birmingham airport taxi is the fastest and easiest way to get to the city centre as it takes less than 25 minutes and costs around €41 (£35 GBP). Taking the X1, X12 or 75 bus is the cheapest transfer option as it costs €3.50 (£3 GBP) one-way per person, but takes around 35 minutes. The final transfer option is the train which leaves from Birmingham International railway station and takes around 40 minutes to reach the city centre. You should expect to pay approximately €5 (£4.10) for a standard one-way train ticket.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €41 20min 24/7
Bus €7 35min 24/7
Train €10 40min 23:48–00:21

Birmingham airport to city centre by taxi

Taking a Birmingham airport taxi from Birmingham airport to the city centre is the only direct, and therefore the fastest, transfer option. You will reach the city centre of Birmingham in around 20 minutes and the cost is around €41 (£35 GBP)

Cost of a taxi from Birmingham airport to city centre

The local taxis at Birmingham airport don’t have one set cost for the journey into the city centre. Instead, you will be charged based on a number of factors, including the time of day, the total travel time and the number of passengers. However, the average cost for this journey is €41 (£35 GBP).

Cost

€41 (£35 GBP)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Birmingham airport.

Where to get a taxi - Birmingham airport to city centre

Taxis are readily available 24/7 from just outside the arrivals hall exit doors. You will see a long line of taxis at the designated rank.

Convenience

Taking a taxi or private car is the easiest and quickest way to get from Birmingham airport to the city centre. That way you won’t need to carry your luggage through train or bus stations and you can rest assured, knowing your family and personal belongings are safe and secure.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi is more expensive than the public transport options, if you split the cost between a group of 3 or 4 people, it becomes very affordable.

Useful Tips

Make sure to agree on a price before getting in the taxi or ensure the taximeter is reset to the base fare, in order to avoid any surprises!
Not all Birmingham airport taxi drivers accept card payments, so if you're not carrying cash, make sure you confirm with your driver before you start your ride.
Seatbelts must be worn at all times while seated in a taxi in England, whether you're in the front or the back.

Birmingham airport to city centre by bus

There are a few different buses that make the journey from Birmingham airport to the city centre; X1, X12, 75 and 75A. The total journey time for the X1 and X12 is around 35 minutes and the 75 and 75A take around 40 minutes to reach the city centre.

Bus fare from Birmingham Airport to city centre

The cost of a one-way ticket on the buses from Birmingham airport to the city centre is €3.50 (£3 GBP). You can purchase your tickets from the driver on the bus in both cash and by card.

Cost

€3.50 (£3 GBP)

Trip Duration

35 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 1 hour for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Collectively, the buses are 24/7.

Where to get the bus from - Birmingham airport to city centre

The X1 and X12 buses leave from stops K, J and L, just outside of the terminal. Buses 75 and 75A leave from stops NB and SB at Birmingham International Train Station at the airport.

Convenience

As the buses run 24/7 and two lines offer a direct transfer from Birmingham airport to the city centre, it’s a fairly convenient transfer option. However, if you’re travelling with a lot of luggage, it can become a little difficult as there’s little to no storage on the buses.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a cheap public transfer option, taking the bus is much quicker and more convent than taking the train.

Useful Tips

Be sure to travel light as there's not much storage space on the bus.
Try to arrive 10 minutes before the bus leaves to secure a seat.
You can pay by card on the bus if needed.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Birmingham. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Prices

DAYTIME
€46.0
NIGHTTIME
€55.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Birmingham airport to city centre by train

Taking the train from Birmingham airport is a cheap but slow transfer option. As the trains only leave from the Birmingham International railway station, you will need to take a transfer on the Air-Rail Link to the station first. There are multiple companies that make the journey into the city centre of Birmingham, including Virgin Trains, Arriva, National Rail and Cross Country. The total journey time is around 40 minutes and the cost is approximately €5 (£4.10) for a standard ticket.

Train fare from Birmingham Airport to city centre

The cost of your train ticket will depend on the time of day you’re travelling and if you book in advance or not. However, the average price for this journey is €5 (£4.10) one-way. You can purchase your tickets at the Birmingham International railway station or online in advance.

Cost

€5 (£4.10)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Air-Rail Link runs from 03:30 and 00:30 and the train into Birmingham runs from 23:48 to 00:21.

Where to get the train from - Birmingham airport to city centre

The trains from Birmingham airport to the city centre don’t leave directly from the airport terminal building. You will first need to take the free Air-Rail Link transfer to the Birmingham International railway station. This transfer only takes around 2 minutes.

Convenience

Taking the train is the slowest and least convenient transfer option as you will first need to get to the Birmingham International railway station and then wait for your train, adding time and effort to your journey. Plus, once you’re in the city centre of Birmingham, you will then need to find alternate transport to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Although taking the train is a good budget transfer option, taking the bus is both cheaper and more direct. I suggest choosing this option if you wish to take public transport.

Useful Tips

Purchase your train tickets in advance to save up to 43%.
There's some storage space on the train at the end of each carriage.
The trains practically run 24/7 but the Air-Rail Link stops running at 00:30.

Frequently asked questions

How far is it to get from Birmingham airport to city centre?

The airport is located just 24 km from the city centre of Birmingham. Taking a Birmingham airport taxi will take around 20 minutes, the bus will take 35 minutes and the train will take 40 minutes to reach the city centre.

How much is a taxi from Birmingham airport to the city centre?

There’s no set cost for a taxi from Birmingham Airport to the city centre. The local drivers will calculate your fare based on the number of people travelling, the time of day and the total travel time. Having said this, the average cost for a taxi transfer is €41 (£35 GBP). If you’d prefer a set-rate fare, we suggest booking your Birmingham Airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

How do you get from Birmingham airport to the city centre?

There are three different options when it comes to transport from Birmingham Airport to the city centre; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Birmingham airport taxi is the quickest option as it takes just 20 minutes to reach the city and costs €41 (£35 GBP). Taking the public bus costs €3.50 (£3 GBP) and takes 35 minutes, making it the cheapest transfer option. Finally, the train takes 40 minutes to reach Birmingham and costs around €5 (£4.10) one-way.

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