Airport location, terminals and transportation
Birmingham International Airport is 12 km from the city center, in the West Midlands, England. This airport takes the seventh line on the list of airports with the greatest passenger traffic in the country. The airport was opened in 1939. In the period of the Second World War, the airport was used as the base of the Royal Air Force. After the war, it was used for different air shows. Every year, Birmingham Airport services about 14 million people. Besides scheduled flights, it also serves as a pilot school. At the airport, there are one air-strip and two passenger terminals united into a single complex. The airport services long-haul flights to North America, the Middle East, Asia and India.
You can travel to the city by buses M 42 and M 45. From the airport, you can also reach the railway station in Birmingham. The airport is linked with the station by the railroad. You can travel to the city by buses X1 and X12, as well as small companies’ buses. Buses #777 and 422 runs through the airport to Birmingham Car Station. The bus stop is located near T1. You can also take a taxi (black cabins) in the parking area near the terminal.
Rental offices, how to find them, where to return car
Cars are rented by the following big international companies: Avis, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, National, Europcar, Inter rent, Goldcar, Hertz, Fire fly, and Sixt. The service points of these companies are located in the Arrival concourses of passenger terminals. To reach the stands, it is necessary to pass by the control zone and enter the arrival concourse. The stands are located between Costa and Wrapchic.
Workers in these points will explain where to take a car. Parking lots for rented cars are situated at the entrance to parking P4. This parking is located 5 minutes walk from the terminal. The special parking area for taking and returning rented cars is within walking distance from terminals. When you return a car, you need to follow the signs after entering the parking area.
Car rental companies’ offices are open from 6 am to midnight. They are open 7 days a week. Sixt and Inter rent limit the daily mileage of their cars. Other firms offer an unlimited mileage.
Long-term and short-term parking, hotels nearby
The parking system consists of several parking lots: multi-level lots near the terminal (P1, P2, P3); a non-covered lot (P4) that is served by a free transfer bus; a lot behind the airport P7 with a transfer to the passenger terminal; a premium lot near the departure area. The airport also offers free parking near the terminal. There is a special zone for passengers’ arrival and departure, the parking lot of which is free if you park for less than 30 minutes. You can book a parking place online on the website of Birmingham Airport.
In the territory of the airport, there are the following hotels: Genting, Novotel, Ibis, Holiday Inn, Travelodge, and Nilton Garden Inn.