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Birmingham International Airport (BHX)

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Birmingham International Airport (BHX)
AddressAirport Way, Birmingham, B26 3QJ, United Kingdom
Telephone0871 222 0072
Websitewww.birminghamairport.co.uk
Number of terminals1
Time zoneGMT Greenwich Mean Time: GMT/UTC -0 (GMT/UTC +1 from March 30 to October 26, 2014)
MapBirmingham Airport
LocationBirmingham Airport is located 13 km (8 miles) southeast of central Birmingham.
Airport codeBHX
Airport newsBirmingham Airport is currently in the process of extending its runway to accommodate all current aircraft types. The expected completion date for this project is 2014.
Driving directionsBirmingham Airport is situated on the A45 Coventry road, close to junction 6 of the M42, to which there are direct connections from the M1, M5, M6, and M40; the M6 toll road provides a faster alternative to the M6. The airport is signed from the motorways. From central Birmingham, either take the A45 Coventry Road eastbound to the airport site or head east along the M5 and merge onto the southbound M42 (turning off at junction 6).
Car rentalCar rental companies represented at Birmingham Airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, and Sixt. Desks for these operators are located in Arrivals; rental car pick-up and drop-off is located within walking distance of the terminal.
Public transport and taxisBus: Network West Midlands buses (tel: (0871) 200 2233; www.networkwestmidlands.com) link Birmingham Airport to the surrounding districts. Bus 900 connects the airport to Birmingham and Coventry, bus 966 runs to Solihull and Erdington, and bus 777 links Coleshill and Hams Hall to the airport. All buses stop outside the terminal. The travel time into central Birmingham is 45 minutes, and fares start at £1.90. Tickets can be purchased on the bus or at the Visitor Centre.
Coach: National Express (tel: 0871 781 8181; www.nationalexpress.co.uk) operates long-distance coach services to Birmingham and a number of other cities, as well as interairport coaches to London Luton, London Gatwick, and London Stansted airports. The low-cost Megabus (tel: 0871 266 3333; www.megabus.co.uk) also operates services to a number of destinations.
Taxi: Taxis (tel: (0121) 782 3744) are available from a rank outside the terminal. The trip to Birmingham city center takes upwards of 25 minutes and costs around £25–£30, depending on traffic conditions.
Rail: The free Air-Rail monorail links Birmingham Airport directly to nearby Birmingham International railway station in about two minutes. Frequent rail services (tel: (0845) 748 4950; www.nationalrail.co.uk) connect Birmingham International with New Street station in the city center (travel time: 10 minutes; fare: £3.40). Various train operators run services to Manchester, London, Bournemouth, Northampton, Coventry, and destinations in Wales. Tickets can be purchased at Birmingham International railway station or at the Visitor Centre within the terminal building.
Car parkingShort- and medium-term parking is available in three multistory parking garages close to the terminal. The two long-term parking facilities, adjacent to the main A45 road, are linked to the terminal by shuttle buses. Valet parking is also available. For further parking information, contact NCP (tel: (0845) 050 7080; www.ncp.co.uk).
Information and help desksThere are several information points located at various points in the terminal complex, including desks providing airline and general airport information (close to the check-in area and the main entrance). The Visitor Centre, next to Arrivals, offers advice on accommodation and attractions in the Birmingham area.
Airport FacilitiesMoney: Bureaux de change, postal, and ATM facilities are available at various points in the terminal.
Communications: Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the terminal complex.
Food: There is an extensive range of cafés, restaurants, bars, and fast-food outlets both airside and landside at Birmingham Airport, including a champagne and wine bar in Departures.
Shopping: There are numerous shops at Birmingham Airport, both before and after security. Duty-free shopping is available for passengers traveling outside the EU; this service is also available for non-EU arrivals.
Luggage: OCS (tel: (0121) 767 7987) operates a lost property and left-luggage office on the first floor. Luggage trolleys are available for a £1 fee.
Other facilities: Other facilities at Birmingham Airport include 24-hour medical centers and a multifaith prayer room.
Conference and business facilitiesBusiness booths are available in the departures area; free work stations with credit-card–operated telephone, e-mail, modem, and fax facilities are provided. Business Point (tel: (0121) 767 8063) has meeting rooms accommodating 8–40 people, as well as fax and photocopying facilities. Two lounges are available for all departing passengers (for a fee) with a range of business services, meeting rooms, and refreshments; three additional lounges are available to cardholders and passengers of sponsoring airlines. Away from the terminal, meeting rooms are available in the adjacent Novotel Birmingham Airport hotel (tel: (0121) 619 9003; www.novotel.com). The National Exhibition Centre is close to Birmingham Airport, next to Birmingham International railway station.
Disabled facilitiesAccessible toilets and elevators are located within the terminal building, a Minicom system is installed at the airport information desk, induction loops are available for the hearing impaired, and designated disabled parking spaces are available in all parking facilities. For help with baggage and check-in, wheelchair provision, and other assistance, contact the OCS (tel: (0121) 767 7878) special assistance service prior to arrival; wheelchair and other assistance when boarding or disembarking must be arranged in advance through the relevant airline.
Airport hotelsThere are several hotels within a short walk of the Birmingham Airport terminal, offering varying levels of comfort and price. A number of other places to stay can be found in the near vicinity, notably around the National Exhibition Centre. Our Birmingham Airport guide offers the following accommodation options:

Ibis Birmingham Airport
Each of the 162 rooms at the Ibis Birmingham Airport, which is a short walk from the terminal, has wireless Internet access. Parking is available for a fee, and there is an on-site café and bar.
Solihull, Ambassador Road Bickenhill
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tel: (0121) 619 9001.
Web: www.ibishotel.com

Ibis Budget Birmingham Airport
Within a short walk of the terminal, this low-cost hotel offers basic but modern facilities, including Internet access in public areas. Rates for its 120 rooms include a buffet breakfast, and discounted parking is available to guests.
Solihull, Ambassador Road
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tel: (0121) 780 5858.
Web: www.ibis.com

Crowne Plaza NEC
The Crowne Plaza NEC is located close to Birmingham Airport and runs a complimentary shuttle bus service to Birmingham International railway station, which has a monorail service to the airport. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant serving European-style cuisine, a fitness center, and secure parking.
National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tel: 0871 942 9160.
Web: www.ihg.com

Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport
Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport is located close to Birmingham Airport and is linked to the airport via a free shuttle bus service, which also serves the railway station. Facilities include a grill restaurant (where children under 11 eat free when sharing a room with parents) and meeting space for up to 500 people.
Coventry Road
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tel: 0871 663 9007.
Web: www.ihg.com

Novotel Birmingham Airport
The 4-star Novotel Birmingham Airport is located immediately opposite the airport terminal. Guests can enjoy the on-site fitness center, full-service restaurant, and bar. Meeting space, spread over six rooms, is available for up to 35 attendees.
Birmingham Airport
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tel: (0121) 619 9003.
Web: www.novotel.com

Travelodge Birmingham Airport
On-site at Birmingham Airport but not as close to the terminal as some hotels, the Travelodge offers comfortable budget accommodation. The hotel has a bar and café, as well as vending machines offering basic travel essentials. Paid Wi-Fi and parking is available to guests.
Terminal Road
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tel: 0871 984 6483.
Web: www.travelodge.co.uk
Full airport nameBirmingham Airport
State or provinceUnited Kingdom
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