The UK’s best connected venue

What makes The NEC the UK’s best-connected venue?

The fact 75% of the UK can join us in under three hours? Possible. The fact we’re slap bang in the centre of the country? Seems likely. Or is it the international airport and train station on the doorstep. Probably all three to be honest.

75% of the UK is within a 3-hour drive of the British Shooting Show.
Driving to the show?

Located bang in the middle of the UK’s motorway network. 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 follow the illuminated signs for the ‘Shooting Show’.

Parking is a doddle when you arrive. We’ve pre-paid for all visitor parking so you don’t have to! Park up and jump on our free shuttle bus or take a leisurely stroll along our signposted footpaths.

NEC car parking features:

Disabled parking spaces

EV charging points*

Shuttle bus service*

Free BSS-paid parking

*Features subject to availability.

The NEC is directly connected to Birmingham International Train Station (BHI).

You don’t even need to brave the elements, walk directly from the station into the exhibition halls.

Taking the 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. 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.

Check and book your rail travel at Trainline

Over 150 direct flights to Birmingham Airport.

Flights from around the world including USA and Europe. Plus, Birmingham Airport is connected to the NEC, hop off the plane straight into the exhibition halls.

Flying to the show?

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.

Over 120 National Express and Megabus coaches run daily to Birmingham Airport.
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.


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.

Book your taxi with Enroute Taxis

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