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How to get from Birmingham Airport to Leicester

Leicester is a historic city located in the East Midlands of England. Nestled in the heart of the city is the prominent Leicester Cathedral and close by are the King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester Castle and burial grounds. Be sure to walk the castle gardens and take a stroll along the River Soar while in this exciting city.

There are three transfer options when it comes to travelling from Birmingham airport to Leicester; taxi, bus (coach) or train. Taking a Birmingham airport taxi is our top-rated transfer option as it takes just 50 minutes to reach Leicester, although it does cost around £100 (€130). The cheapest option is taking the National Express coach which costs £9 (€11) one-way and takes around 70 minutes. The slowest transfer option is the train. More specifically, taking the train from Birmingham Airport to Leicester takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and costs around £20 (€25).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €130 50min 24/7
Bus €22 70min 06:10–21:55
Train €50 100min 05:40–00:55

How to get from Birmingham airport to Leicester by taxi

Taking an airport taxi or private transfer is the fastest and easiest transfer option when it comes to travelling from Birmingham airport to Leicester. The total journey time is just 50 minutes and you can be dropped off right at the door of your accommodation.

What's the Birmingham to Leicester taxi fare?

If you pick a local taxi, the cost from Birmingham airport to Leicester is around £100 (€130). It is worth noting, however, that the final fare will depend on the number of travellers, the time of day and the total journey time.

Cost

£100 (€130)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

*Prices may very unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Birmingham Airport.

Where do I get it from?

Taxis can be found 24/7 outside of the arrivals hall exit doors at Birmingham airport.

Convenience

There’s no easier way to get from Birmingham airport to Leicester than by taking a taxi. You won’t need to wait in the cold for public transport or make multiple stops on your way, making this a quick and convenient transfer option.

Editor’s Note

The taxis at Birmingham airport let you transport any luggage that will fit in the trunk of the cab for free.

Useful Tips

Make sure your driver resets the taximeter to the base fare before you begin your journey.
You may be able to agree on a set-rate fare with your driver before beginning your journey.
Make sure to wear your seatbelt at all times while in the taxi.

How to get from Birmingham airport to Leicester by bus

Taking the National Express bus (coach) is a cheap way to get from Birmingham airport to Leicester. Tickets cost as little as £9 (€11) one-way and the total journey time is 70 minutes. However, the coach service from Birmingham airport to Leicester isn’t very frequent.

How much is the bus from Birmingham airport to Leicester?

A one-way ticket on the National Express coach from Birmingham airport to Leicester is around £9 (€11). You can purchase your bus tickets in advance to save money or from the kiosks in the airport on the day.

Cost

£9 (€11)

Trip Duration

70 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 4 hours for the coach.

Convenience
Safety
Velue for Money

National Express coaches run from 06:10 to 22:55.

Where do I get it from?

The National Express coaches arrive directly outside the Airport terminal and leave promptly at their scheduled times.

Convenience

Although it is the cheapest transfer option, taking the bus isn’t the most convenient. You will have a long wait if you miss a coach and you will also need to find an alternative mode of transport once you reach Leicester to get to your hotel or end destination.

Editor’s Note

Although the coach is a cheap and fairly fast transfer option, if you're looking for something more frequent, I suggest taking the train instead.

Useful Tips

There's luggage storage below the coach.
Be sure to arrive on time for your coach as they leave promptly.
You can book your tickets online in advance to save money.

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.

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How to get from Birmingham Airport to Leicester by train

Unfortunately, there’s no direct train from Birmingham airport to Leicester. You will first need to make a transfer to the Birmingham International railway station and then make another change in Birmingham New Street station. The total journey time is around 1 hour and 40 minutes and the cost is approximately £20 (€25).

How much is the train from Birmingham airport to Leicester?

The cost of your train ticket will depend on the time of day you travel and how far in advance you book your ticket. The average cost is around £20 (€25) one-way.

Cost

£20 (€25)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 40 Min.

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

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The train to Leicester runs from 05:40 to 00:55, the Air-Rail Link runs from 03:30 and 00:30.

Where do I get it from?

There’s no train to Leicester from the Birmingham airport terminal. You will first need to get to Birmingham International Railway Station on the Air-Rail Link and then take the train from there to Leicester.

Convenience

Taking the train from Birmingham airport to Leicester is the slowest and least convenient transfer option. You will need to make multiple changes and carry your luggage through three different train stations, adding time and a lot of effort to your journey.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a cheap public transfer option, I recommend taking the coach rather than the train as it's a little more convenient and cheaper.

Useful Tips

Be sure to follow the signs and check the timetable when making your train change in Birmingham New Street station.
You can save up to 43% off your train ticket price if you book online in advance.
The Air-Rail Link transfer is free and takes around 5 minutes.

Frequently asked questions

How to get from Birmingham Airport to Leicester by taxi?

Taking a taxi is the fastest and easiest way to get from Birmingham Airport to Leicester. As it’s direct, a Birmingham airport taxi takes just 50 minutes to get you to the city and costs around £100 (€130).

How to get from Birmingham Airport to Leicester by train?

There’s a train that runs from Birmingham International railway station to Leicester, with a stop in Birmingham New Street station. The total journey time is around 1 hour and 40 minutes and tickets cost an average of £20 (€25).

How to get from Birmingham Airport to Leicester by bus?

The cheapest way to get from Birmingham Airport to Leicester is by using the National Express bus (coach). The bus runs from 06:10 to 22:55, takes 70 minutes to reach Leicester and costs around £9 (€11) one-way.

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