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Arriving in the UK

Arriving in the UK by air

If you’re travelling to the UK by air, it’s easiest to arrive at Birmingham Airport, which is approximately 15 miles from Birmingham City Centre.

Birmingham is 120 miles north-west of London and there are no direct flight connections. However, you can choose to travel easily between the two cities by train or bus.

Arriving in the UK by rail

Book your train journey using the Channel Tunnel to arrive at London St Pancras International railway station.

This is a 10-minute walk or short taxi ride from London Euston station, where you can catch a train to Birmingham New Street.

Arriving in the UK by sea

There are excellent road and rail connections between most UK seaports and Birmingham.

If you need any help on arrival at port, locate a travel enquiry desk for advice on the best routes for the next stage of your journey.

Phone home

When you reach the UK, it's a good idea to call home and let your friends and family know that you’ve arrived safely.

International phone cards are available from Travelex at Birmingham Airport, situated near arrivals and open from 4am to 10pm. Just look out for the Travelex sign. At other airports ask at the information desk for the nearest shop where you can purchase a phone card.

It’s best to buy a phone card rather than use your mobile, which can be expensive. Away from the airport you can buy phone cards from a Post Office or newsagent.

If you have good internet access from your laptop you can also use Skype to keep in touch.

From Birmingham Airport (15 miles, 24 kilometres)

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By train £4.00 15 minutes Use the Air-Rail Link from the airport to Birmingham International railway station and take a train to Birmingham New Street station from there. Taxis are available at New Street to take you to your accommodation.

Network West Midlands

National Rail

By coach £5.00 20 minutes Take the National Express airport service which runs every 30 minutes to Birmingham Coach Station in the city centre. From there, you can take a taxi to your accommodation. National Express
By taxi £30.00 30 minutes Taxis can be found outside the Arrivals Hall at the airport. +44 (0)121 427 8888

From London Gatwick Airport (151 miles, 243 kilometres)

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By train £54.00 2.5 hours Take the underground tube from London Gatwick to the London Victoria station using the Gatwick Express. Then take the train from London Victoria to Birmingham New Street station (there will be a change at the London Euston Station).

The Train Line

National Rail

Gatwick Express

By coach £26.00 4 hours Take the National Express Airport service to Birmingham Coach Station in Birmingham city centre. National Express

From London Heathrow Airport (115 miles, 185 kilometres)

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By train £50.00 2.5 hours Take the Heathrow Express from the airport to Paddington station then take the underground or taxi to London Euston station. From there you can catch a train to Birmingham New Street station.

The Train Line

National Rail

By coach £26.00 2.5 hours Take the National Express Airport service to Birmingham Coach Station in Birmingham city centre. National Express