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Birmingham Airport is a large international airport in the United Kingdom, serving approximately nine million passengers per year. The airport is located 10 km, or 6.3 miles from the city of Birmingham, in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, and is around 185 km from London. The National Exhibition Center lies on the eastern perimeters of the airport, Sheldon lies to the west, and Marston Green is on the airport’s northern side. The city of Birmingham is also nearby areas such as Coventry, Dudley, Redditch, Wolverhampton and Cannock. The airport is well connected for railway transport, with the Birmingham International Station nearby. Travelling by train is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to reach London from Birmingham Airport.

The airport consists of one terminal building, which was, not too long ago, actually two terminals. Recently the airport was re-developed to merge the two terminals, and create just one large building. There is now a large combined check-in and security area and a single large meet and greet arrival area. This change in the airport’s structure is hoped to ease passenger flow through the terminal, and increase the efficiency of airport operations. Birmingham International Station is very close to the airport’s terminal, only 0.1 miles away, and passengers can easily travel to the station by the AirRail Link. This is a new and free rail service, which replaced the old Maglev Airport Rapid Transit System, which eventually proved to costly to maintain. The AirRail Link monorail system leaves the terminal every two minutes, and will take you to Birmingham International Railway Station in just 90 seconds.

Trains at the Birmingham International Station run on the West Coast Main Line of England, between Birmingham and London, and the train services are the London Midland and Virgin Trains. Passengers can travel directly to the Birmingham New Street Station in Central Birmingham every ten minutes, with a journey time of just ten minutes. There are also regular train services from Birmingham International to Euston, in London. These trains run approximately three times per hour, with a journey time of about 70 minutes. Various other UK cities can be reached as well with the Central and Virgin train services from Birmingham International Station.

Birmingham International Railway Station

There are various facilities available at Birmingham International Station, including station seating areas, trolleys to assist passengers with their luggage, an ATM machine, toilets, refreshments from various outlets and some other shops selling various items. Passengers will also find a pay phone, an internet connection, a post box and a tourist information office which is useful for maps of the area and further details of the most popular tourist attractions, hotels, transport etc.

At Birmingham International Station, passengers will be able to store their bicycles in a sheltered storage area, and will also find a taxi rank nearby the station. Bus services are also available from the station. If you will be driving your own car to the station, you will find plenty of parking spaces available at the Station Car Park. There are 2,225 spaces, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are charges however for parking in this area. For travel by train, passengers can purchase tickets from the Ticket Office, which is open from Mondays to Saturdays between 05:40 and 21:00, and on Sundays from 07:40 to 09:00. There are also self-service ticket machines available 24 hours a day, and from where reserved tickets can be collected as well.

The different trains have various facilities available. All trains are strictly non-smoking, and most offer standard seating, while others may offer additional facilities such as First Class Seating, catering and seat reservations. There may also be power points and WiFi connections for laptop computers, and charging stations for mobile phones. Visual information displays and automatic announcements will let you know where the train is stopping and where you are headed. On trains, which allow reservations, it is best to book your seat as early as possible. Bookings can be made long in advance of the train departure. Various seating options are available for reservation, depending on the type of train, such as a seat by the window or in First Class, or a seat in a Quiet Coach. In the Quiet Coach all passengers are expected to keep noise levels to a minimum, and not use mobile phones or loud music etc.

The Birmingham International Station is equipped for disabled passengers with accessible ticket machines, disabled parking facilities and ramps to assist with boarding the train. All areas of the station can be reached in a wheelchair, as there are lifts to the platforms and no steps to negotiate. Passengers who need assistance at the station should contact the Train Company, which operates the station from where your train will depart, and provide them with your requirements. Arrangements for special assistance should be made at least 24 hours before your train departure.

Further information about Birmingham trains is available from the Visitor Center and information points located in the arrivals area.