Birmingham International Airport lies 10km south-east of the city centre. It's a small, compact airport with two terminals in one building. Terminal 1 serves most of the flights and has most of the shopping and dining facilities, while Terminal 2 serves only Ryanair and Flybe.
The two main levels are:
A new transit facility lets you stay airside when connecting with another flight, so you don't have to go through security. The Air-Rail Link monorail service takes you for free to the nearest train station, Birmingham International, and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
Once you have passed through security, the car hire desks can be found within the arrivals lounge. They can be found between Costa and Deli Hub.
There's a train station near the airport (also for the National Exhibition Centre) and this is the quickest way into Birmingham. Trains don't run at night though, so if you're travelling late at night you may need to take a bus.
The Virgin Rail service and Cross Country Trains, as well as Arriva Trains Wales and the local service London Midland, will take you from nearby Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street in 10 minutes. Trains leave twice per hour. There are no trains during the night. You can also take Virgin to Manchester and Wolverhampton. Cross Country also runs to Birmingham New Street, four times per hour, as well as to Coventry, Manchester, Northampton, London and Bournemouth. Arriva trains run to Wales (Aberystwyth and Holyhead).
To get to Birmingham International, first, take the free monorail Air-Rail Link service. These trains run continuously and the journey takes less than two minutes.
Cost: From GBP 2.40 one-way (depending on the time of day, or if you buy your ticket online)
Buying tickets: At the train station, or online at www.thetrainline.com
Location: Take the airport monorail to Birmingham International station
Hackney carriages (black cabs) operate from the airport 24 hours a day. Taxis are metered, but you can secure a better price by pre-booking your taxi, either online or at the airport. Journey time into the city centre is around 20-30 minutes.
Cost: Around GBP 30
Location: Taxi rank opposite the main airport entrance
There are also cheap and regular National Express buses into Birmingham and nearby cities:
Cost: GBP 2.30 to Birmingham or Coventry, from GBP 4.00 for a day ticket
Buying tickets: On the bus (have exact change) or online at www.nationalexpress.com
Location: Bus station outside Terminal 1: Shelter J for the 900 to Birmingham, K for the 900 to Coventry, K for the 966 to Solihull and L for the 97A
Tip: To save money, you can also travel on discount bus company, Megabus. Tickets can only be purchased online, for as little as GBP 1: www.megabus.co.uk
You'll find luggage trolleys at various locations throughout the airport. They cost GBP 1 or GBP 2 (non-refundable). There is also a GBP 0.40 surcharge on credit card payments.
Where to find trolley machines
Drop and Go Car Park: Two trolley machines which accept credit cards and coins. Car Park 1 - One trolley machine which accepts credit cards and coins. Car Park 3 - One trolley machine which accepts credit cards and coins. Next to Courtesy Bus Stop in Car Park 5 - One trolley machine which accepts credit cards and coins. Next to the Public Transport Bus Stops - One trolley machine which accepts credit cards and coins. You will also find trolley machines in the domestic and international baggage reclaim areas. All these machines accept credit cards and coins. Some also accept GBP 20, 10 and 5 notes and will give you change.
Luggage Point offers a plastic-wrapping service to help protect and secure your luggage. The prices are £7 for a standard suitcase and £10 for larger items (e.g. pushchairs, skis, golf clubs). You'll find Luggage Point on the ground floor, at the check-in area of North Terminal, next to American Express.
There are no designated areas with public power outlets. However many of them can be found throughout the airport.
Baby change rooms are located next to all women's toilets throughout Birmingham Airport.
Located on the first floor of the main terminal (departure section), GameGrid offers a range of video games and rides to keep the kids amused.
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