Birmingham is known as England's 'second city', and it's a popular tourist and business travel destination. The Birmingham Airport is an international hub, with flights arriving from destinations such as Europe, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean. The airport is located around 8 miles from Birmingham city centre, which is easy to access by bus, coach or train, and it also offers extensive car parking.
Birmingham Airport is the only city airport and has two terminals. The airport handles more than 12 million passengers each year and has a modern layout with a kids' play area, shopping outlets and a number of passenger lounges. It's easy to get to Birmingham city centre or the National Exhibition Centre from the airport, and it is also served by an excellent road infrastructure, due to its central-England location.
There are 28 different airlines offering flights to Birmingham, and the airport is also a base hub for Flybe, Ryanair, Jet2, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines. Some of the other airlines operating flights to Birmingham include Air India, Brussels Airlines and easyJet.
Birmingham Airport is easy to get to from any area of the UK, whether via car using the extensive motorway networks which converge on the city of Birmingham, or by rail or bus. Many holidaymakers and travellers find it's quicker and easier to fly to Birmingham than airports in the London conurbation, and with fast train links from the airport to the city centre, journey times to the city can be cut greatly.
With three major universities, it's hardly surprising Birmingham has a thriving entertainments and cultural sector. Some of the hidden gems to visit during any trip to Birmingham include the back-to-back housing museum, which provides a picture of 19th-century life in terraced houses. Discovering the Digbeth area and its links to Peaky Blinders with a local tour guide is also a fun experience. Birmingham Airport has a free air-rail link to the Birmingham International Rail Station, and journeys only take a couple of minutes. On arrival at Birmingham International Train Station, rail travellers will discover more than 100 direct train connections to UK cities and popular destinations.