Birmingham

Flights to Birmingham

Sitting approximately 10km away from the city centre, Birmingham Airport serves as the main gateway to its English hometown, as well as an operational base for several prominent European airlines. Covering extensive domestic, regional and international flight routes, Birmingham Airport enjoys high levels of passenger traffic throughout the year, making it one of the United Kingdom’s busiest airports as well. Comprising two integrated terminals in one exclusive building, some of the diverse destinations that Birmingham Airport connects with include Dublin, Amsterdam, Dubai and even Islamabad. At the airport, passengers will also find themselves treated to a wide array of amenities, such as moneychangers, duty free retail selections, a great variety of dining choices ranging from fast food chains to classy restaurants, and complimentary WiFi access courtesy of the airport. Birmingham Airport is also home to a handful of exclusive lounges providing its passengers a time of rejuvenation and escape away from the ongoing airport chaos before their next flight out. Passengers on layovers and have some time to spare can also choose to lay out a picnic mat at the aircraft viewing area and appreciate some runway action.

How to get around

From Birmingham Airport, passengers are offered various means of getting into the city. Birmingham International station can be reached by the complimentary provision of an AirRail Link, where passengers can hop on board and be in the city within 20 minutes. You can also choose to travel all the way to neighbouring London via the train, which will take slightly more than an hour. Buses also serve the airport regularly throughout the day. Service number 900 in particular is the bus you’d want to be looking out for to get you downtown. For a more convenient option, there are always taxis on standby at their respective ranks outside the terminal building.

Within Birmingham proper, visitors will get around just fine by public transport, as networks cover the city pretty extensively. More information regarding routes can be attained either online, or offline at tourist information counters. For those intending to see Birmingham in an inexpensive manner, do make sure to utilise the day passes available as well. Alternatively, navigating the city on foot is a good idea as well.

What to see and do

Birmingham boasts plenty of monikers such as ‘Brum’ and the ‘Pittsburgh of the South’, but none ofr them is fully representative of the city’s dynamism. The city has successfully battled and survived bouts of depression, epidemics, racial conflicts and World War Two. Today, remnants of the past still linger, although much has been overshadowed by efforts poured into the renewal of Birmingham. Culture enthusiasts and history buffs will have a particularly exciting time in this city, as plenty of attractions and sightseeing involves relishing in the preservation of old structures. Yet, plenty of modern revival can be found throughout the city as well, as Birmingham is home to one of the region’s best shopping arcades and also, has a decent nightlife scene. Within the city, do check out the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to exquisite displays transcending time and space. If you are here for retail therapy, head down to New Street, Corporation Street, or High Street for the best selections you will find in the city. For the sweet-toothed, a trip to Cadbury Chocolatey World is a must. Taste some fine cocoa here and bring some back to your family and friends.

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