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Birmingham Airport Departures Information

Birmingham Airport, 6 miles from Birmingham city centre has one terminal building, the check-in and arrivals halls are located on the ground floor, with the departure lounge on the first floor. In the departure lounge you will find a wide variety of shops, places to eat, premium lounges and free Wi-Fi access.

When do I check-in at Birmingham Airport?

Birmingham Airport recommends that passengers departing from the airport should arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight time. If you're travelling on a long-haul flight earlier check-in may be required, confirm this with your airline in advance.

The check-in halls are divided into two sections, check-in desks 1-82 are located in section 1 and home to the majority of the airlines, check-in desks 100-130 are in section 2 and operated by Air France, Eastern, Flybe, KLM and Thomson.

The majority of airlines offer online check-in in advance, online check-in times vary so it is important to confirm times and conditions with your airline. If you have checked-in online and are travelling with hold luggage you will need to take this to the bag drop desks in the check-in hall upon arrival at the airport, these typically close 60-45 minutes before the flight.

Birmingham Airport Arrivals Information

If you are meeting friends and family at the airport you can check the time their flight is due to arrive above.

The Arrivals Hall at Birmingham Airport has a small selection of facilities, these include WHSmith, Boots, Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Costa Coffee, Deli Hub, Frankie and Benny's, car hire desks, ATMs, and free Wi-Fi access.

If you need a hotel at Birmingham Airport there is an Ibis, Novotel and Travelodge located on-site and a number of others close by, these include the Hilton and the Crowne Plaza.

Pick up and drop off at Birmingham Airport

If you're dropping family or friends off at Birmingham Airport there is a Drop and Go car park especially for this purpose. This is directly outside the airport terminal building and is the most convenient route for passengers. Parking charges for the Drop and Go car park are £1 for 10 minutes. Do not stop on any red route areas, parking here is prohibited.

When picking up someone from Birmingham Airport the Drop and Go car park is not recommended as at £47 for one hour this can prove expensive if there are delays, or long waits for the passengers to make their way through passport control. There are three car parks available for short stays in easy access of the Arrivals Hall.

Where should I park at Birmingham Airport?

There are plenty of parking options at Birmingham Airport. Five car parks are located on-site, all car parks offer both long and short stay parking. Car parks 1, 2 and 3 are multi-storey car parks which are just a 2 minute walk from the terminal building, this is ideal for those who are picking up passengers from the airport and short stays. The postcode for those using sat-nav is B26 3QJ.

Car Parks 5 and 7 are both located on-site but a 5-10 minute walk or shuttle bus from the terminal.

Although you can turn up to each car park on the day, if you are parking for a long period, booking in advance is recommended for discounted parking rates.

Premium Meet and Greet Parking is available for those looking for the easiest route to the airport. You can drop off your car at the dedicated area outside of the terminal, and pick it up here upon your return.

How to get to and from Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is located 6 miles southeast of Birmingham city centre, in Solihull. The airport has a convenient location for those travelling to The NEC Birmingham just 1 mile away.

Birmingham airport by car

Birmingham Airport is easily accessible by car from many towns and cities in the West Midlands via the M42. To get to the airport from Birmingham take the M6, then the M42 and exit at Junction 6.

The Birmingham Airport postcode for sat-nav is B26 3QJ

Birmingham airport by train

Birmingham Airport is served by the Birmingham International Railway Station, you can reach this by a free Air-Rail Link shuttle. This takes approximately 2 minutes and departures are every 10 minutes from 5:15am to 2am.

Trains to Birmingham New Street are operated by Virgin Trains, London Midland, Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry. Trains depart approximately every 5-10 minutes with an average journey time of 13 minutes. Services from the station are also available to destinations such as Coventry, Wolverhampton, Derby and Oxford, further destinations available with connections at Birmingham New Street.

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Birmingham airport by bus or coach

Bus services are ideal for those travelling to the local area, these depart from the airport terminal or the Birmingham International railway station where you will need to use the AirRail Link monorail to reach the airport. Network West Midlands Buses operate five bus services to and from destinations including Coventry, Sutton Coldfield, and Erdington. The Oxford Bus Company operate services to Oxford via Warwick and the National Express have services to Oxford, Milton Keynes, and cities further afield such as Manchester and London.

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