The UK’s best connected venue

By Car

Located bang in the middle of the UK’s motorway network, jumping in the car is the ideal way to get to the NEC. In fact, 75% of the UK can reach us within a three-hour drive. Just pop B40 1NT in your trusty sat nav and you’ll be with us in no time. You’ll find us clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6. When you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your sat-nav anymore, instead follow the signs – look out for the show name you’re visiting.

Naturally we’ve made parking a doddle when you arrive, with over 16,500 parking spaces available. Our helpful traffic team will also be on-hand to offer further guidance if you need it. Then simply jump on our free shuttle bus or take a leisurely stroll along our signposted footpaths.

Keep up to date with what’s happening on the roads – plan your journey in advance and find out the latest traffic information.

By Train

Getting to us by train is brilliantly easy as the NEC is located less than a ten-minute walk from Birmingham International Railway Station – you won’t even need to brave the elements. Direct services run all day, however if you’re travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street, which is less than a 15-minute journey away. Just enough time to fuel up on caffeine.

By Plane

Birmingham Airport is right on our doorstep, so it’s hardly surprising we attract thousands of international visitors every year. Simply take the free and fast air-rail link to Birmingham International Railway Station located at the upper level of Terminal 1. The train runs every two minutes and only takes 90 seconds. When you arrive just head straight through to the NEC.

By Taxi

We’ve teamed up with TOA Taxis to ensure a safe, friendly service is available to you 24/7 at the NEC. You can book over the phone by calling 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729, online or via their handy app. Alternatively, pick one up at the clearly marked ranks outside our main entrances. For added convenience TOA Taxis accept all major credit cards, subject to a charge of 10%+VAT.

By Bus & Coach

Over 120 National Express and Megabus coach services run daily across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every two minutes.

Jumping on a bus in Birmingham City Centre? You’ll want the X1 service (every 15 minutes) or the 97A (every 30 minutes). Local services also run from Solihull (966) and Coventry (900). Choices, choices.

Parking at the NEC

When it comes to exhibition parking, it’s rare to be spoilt for choice. Yet with over 16,500 spaces available you won’t need to search for a spot – once your satnav has brought you to the NEC, follow the signs for the show you’re visiting. What’s more, in addition to a vast choice of spaces you can also pick from a range of payment methods including Pre-Paid Parking*. Don’t forget, some shows include standard parking in the ticket price so always check before booking.

*Pre-Paid Parking is only valid in NEC operated car parks and not valid in Resorts World, Birmingham operated car parks at the NEC.  Look out for signs when you’re here.

Make sure to check before you travel.

Have a safe journey!