Car Hire at Birmingham Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Whether you’re visiting for a business trip or a weekend away with your mates, hiring a car at Birmingham Airport gives you the freedom to see and do more.
Where to hire a car at Birmingham Airport
There are seven car hire firms to choose from at Birmingham Airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. The desks are in the arrivals hall.
Petrol stations near Birmingham Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is an Esso petrol station on the A45 as you approach the airport from the M42. The city is a short drive from the airport, so alternatively you can fill your tank before you set off.
Driving around Birmingham Airport
From Birmingham Airport it’s easy to get onto two major motorways, the M5 (which goes to Exeter), and the M6 (the UK’s longest motorway, stretching from Glasgow to London). When you leave the airport you’ll find yourself on the A45 dual carriageway, which leads onto the M42 motorway. The roads around the airport are very fast and very busy, so be careful.
Getting to your destination
With its industrial heritage and abundance of trendy shops, bars, and restaurants, it’s easy to see why the UK’s second largest city is a popular destination. Check out our top picks for things to do in Birmingham.
It takes just over 15 minutes to drive to Birmingham from the airport using the M42 motorway: turn left when leaving the airport. If you prefer to avoid the motorway, turn right. The A45 will get you into the city centre in 25 minutes. Once you reach Birmingham you will find plenty of places to park, from council run car parks (£1.10-£1.30 per hour) to NCP and Q-Park multi-storeys. Bay parking is also available.
This picturesque spa town plays host to one of Britain’s largest horse racing events, the Cheltenham Festival.
It takes about an hour to drive to Cheltenham from Birmingham Airport. Drive south on the M42 and then turn west to connect onto the M5. There are 15 council run car parks in the town as well as some on-street parking bays. The car park at Regent Arcade uses number plate sensing technology: you can pay before leaving the car park, or later by text or online.
The birthplace of William Shakespeare and home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon combines old world English charm with plenty of high culture.
It takes about half an hour to reach Stratford-Upon-Avon from Birmingham Airport using the M42 southbound and the M40. There are 11 council run car parks in the town, all within a short stroll of the centre. You need to pay to use these car parks, so if you’re staying for a few days it’s worth booking a hotel with car parking.
Prices subject to change