Birmingham Airport Guide
Buses to and from Birmingham Airport (BHX)
Birmingham Airport is located about 185 km from London, in the West Midlands region of England. Birmingham is only 10 km from the airport, and is also nearby areas such as Solihull, Coventry, Redditch, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Cannock. The airport is bordered by the National Exhibition Centre on its eastern perimeters, and is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull region. It is a large airport in the United Kingdom, serving just over nine million passengers per year, and has the official airport code of BHX. Bus services at the airport are extensive, and well organized, and offer transport to all areas nearby and further afield. Many passengers enjoy the coach and bus services, as they are convenient and very cost effective.
There is now one large terminal building. Originally there were two, but recently, in 2010, the two terminal buildings have been merged as one. There is now a new combined security and departure area, as well as a single, large arrivals area. This new airport improvement plan is hoped to ease the flow of passengers within the terminal buildings, and increase the efficiency of the airport operations. When arranging your bus transport from the airport, note that the coach services may still refer to their drop-off and pick-up locations as, for example, ‘outside Terminal 1’.
There are local bus services, as well as coach services, offered by National Express West Midlands and Megabus. These are long-distance coach services, travelling to a wide range of domestic destinations across the UK. The coaches are modern and air-conditioned, and most passengers find their services to be highly efficient.
The bus stops at Birmingham Airport are located outside the arrivals area of the terminal building, and are relatively easy to locate. The local bus service 900 travels to Central Birmingham and Coventry, while route 966 connects Erdington and Solihull. These are the two main bus routes at the airport, and they operate continuously throughout the day, to the later hours of the night. Timetables and ticket prices can be viewed on Birmingham Airport’s official website, at http://www.bhx.co.uk.
National Express Coaches
National Express coaches serve destinations, which are further away from the airport, as they are long-distance coaches, however, National Express also serves many local areas. National Express offers an easy and convenient way to travel to the airport, and even with direct services from Cambridge and Wolverhampton. The coaches make use of Bus Stop G in front of Terminal 1’s arrival area, and are frequently available all through the day, seven days a week. Passengers can also use the services of National Express to travel to other airports in London, such as Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport and Luton Airport.
When travelling with National Express, passengers are allowed two pieces of medium sized luggage each, which should not weigh more than 20 km per piece, and one small item of hand luggage per person.The drivers of the bus are more than willing to help you load your luggage into the secure hold. In order to arrive in good time for your departure flight from Birmingham , it is recommended to leave a minimum of one hour between your coach arrival and flight check-in time.
Megabus coach services
Megabus is a very popular coach operator in North America and the UK, and serves various destinations from Birmingham Airport. They are part of the Stagecoach Group, and began their services in the UK in 2003. Megabus now links around 50 different locations in the United Kingdom, and serves more than two million passengers per year. They are well known for their high quality and low-cost travel offers with some of the country’s most modern coaches.
Passengers on Megabus coaches are allowed one piece of reasonably sized luggage per person that should not weigh more than 20 kg. A small piece of hand luggage that can fit under the seat in front of you is also permitted. If more items of luggage are brought with, Megabus has the right to refuse these items if there is a shortage of space on the bus, or charge extra for excess baggage.
Disabled passengers should book their seat on the Megabus at least 48 hours in advance of its departure. The number to call is 0141 332 9841, and passengers should specify the date, time and destination of their travel plans, and if someone will be accompanying the disabled passenger on the journey. A wheelchair bound person will remain in their wheelchair for the duration of the trip, unless that person is able to climb the stairs onto the bus. In this case, the wheelchair will be folded and stored on the bus and the passenger will take a regular seat. A bus with sufficient space and equipment will then be allocated to take the journey you have requested. If there is no available bus, the Megabus agent will advise another suitable departure time.
Megabus is popular for their coach-rail services as well, offering excellent value train travel in the UK by the South West Trains, East Midlands Trains and Virgin Trains networks.
Further information is available on the official websites of National Express and Megabus, as well as on official airport site, or from the information points in the terminal of the airport. Many passengers find the bus services to be a great alternative to the hassles of driving and parking their own vehicle.