Travelling in and around Birmingham during Covid-19

Getting around looks a bit different at the moment, and in a new city this can be a little daunting. Our travelling to Uni advice page for lots of useful information on getting to campus, plus below we’ve pulled together some handy tips for travelling in and around Birmingham during Covid-19.

Woman travelling in mask

Before you travel

  • Before you go anywhere, don’t forget to check for any restrictions that may be in place for the way you plan to travel.
  • Give careful consideration to how you are going to travel – walking and cycling are the safest ways to travel, if possible. Our Travelling to Uni page is a useful resource for finding your way to the right campus.
  • Remember it may take longer than normal to get to and from Uni, so leave plenty of time for your journey.
  • If you’re driving, bear in mind that the roads may be busier than usual as more people take this option.

Walking and Cycling

The safest way to travel during Covid-19 is walking or cycling. It’s also great exercise.

If you’re cycling, you can plan where to park your bike by checking out BCU’s cycle parking facilities on our interactive map. Temporary pop-up cycle lanes have been created around the city to help keep cyclists safe.

You can also find out more about cycle schemes at BCU here.

Public Transport

Buses, trains and trams are running at full capacity again, with additional safety measures and increased cleaning.

Remember:

  • Plan in advance and leave plenty of time for your journey. Try to avoid peak travel times if you can.
  • Maintain social distancing where possible, including at bus stops and on train platforms.
  • Wear a face covering while travelling on public transport, and in enclosed transport hubs such as airports, rail stations, bus and coach stations, unless you are exempt.
  • You may want to carry and use hand sanitiser too.

Here’s some tips from West Midlands Network for social distancing on public transport:

  • When waiting at stops or stations, stay apart from other passengers.
  • Let people off the bus, train or tram before getting on. Do not crowd at the doors when getting on board; stay back and form a queue.
  • Stay a safe distance from drivers or conductors.
  • Use a mobile ticket where possible.
  • If the service is full, be patient and wait for the next available service.
  • When leaving the service, leave space between you and the person in front. Don’t all get up at once and queue in confined spaces.

Taxis and private hire vehicles

While some restrictions may have lifted, while travelling in a taxi or private hire vehicle it is still recommended for passengers to: 

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Carry and use hand sanitiser before and after your journey.
  • Open a window during the journey to allow air to circulate.
  • Pay by contactless or on mobile if possible.

Getting here by air

If part of your journey involves flying, be prepared from the start by familiarising yourself with any restrictions your airline has put in place, as well as the latest information from your departure and arrival airports.

You should make sure you’re familiar with the latest government guidelines on self-isolation periods relating to the location you’re flying here from.

Don’t forget to wash hands your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

For more travel guidance from the Government visit their webpages.