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From its position near the centre of the country, Birmingham is the hub of a rail network and a motorway network to London, the West Country and the North.

It is also scheduled to become the hub of the new High Speed 2 rail network, which would reduce the journey time to London to just 45 minutes, while Birmingham to Manchester would take 41 minutes instead of an hour and a half.

Looking further afield, the city has an international airport which is easy to reach from the city centre, it takes just 10 minutes by rail from Birmingham New Street station. Birmingham Airport has over 9 million passengers a year and has the capacity to handle twice that number. It serves 50 airlines flying to over 100 destinations in Europe, the USA, Africa, China and Japan. It has also recently opened a Eurojet Business Aviation Centre.


By Road

Bristol 88 miles
Cardiff 109 miles
Coventry 25 miles
Edinburgh 292 miles
Leeds 118 miles
London 118 miles
Manchester 87 miles
Newcastle 206 miles
Nottingham 53 miles
Source: The AA

By Rail

Bristol 1hr 27 mins
Cardiff 2hrs
Coventry 20 mins
Edinburgh 4hrs
Leeds 2hrs
London Euston
(New Street)
1hr 22 mins
London Marylebone
(Snow Hill)
1hr 53 mins
Manchester 1hr 29 mins
Newcastle 3hrs 20 mins
Nottingham 1hr 15 mins
Source: Railtrack

By Air

Birmingham International Airport is one of the UK’s fastest growing airports, serving more than 9 million passengers each year and operating direct flights to over 100 primary business destinations across Europe, North America and the Middle East. The Airport is within easy access of Birmingham city centre via car or train direct to New Street­­ station.

Flight times from Birmingham