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Birmingham International opened in 1976 to serve the airport and its ever-popular neighbour, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), which opened in the same year. The NEC overflows with Britain's most important trade shows and exhibitions, from Crufts to the BBC Good Food Show and the Clothes Show Live, and the 16,000-capacity Genting Arena hosts concerts and sporting events. Covered walkways and escalators connect the NEC complex and Birmingham International. Not long after the station opened, the first-ever commercial Maglev (magnetic levitation) transport system in the world connected it to the airport. In the 1990s, reliability problems and a lack of spare parts signalled the end of the line for the hovering train that 'flew' 15mm above the tracks. A cable-pulled AirRail link replaced it in 2003 and now carries passengers the 500m between the station and the terminal for free. 

Birmingham International is a well-connected train station, allowing passengers to reach all corners of the country once they've landed or before they have departed. You can take Avanti West Coast trains to London Euston, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley. Transport for Wales services (formerly Arriva Trains Wales) run to Wrexham and Chester. CrossCountry trains terminate at Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth via Reading. Finally, West Midlands Railways services continue on the Birmingham New Street or into London via Northampton.

Liverpool Airport is a very popular airport for travellers from North West England. It services flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Many choose to arrive at the airport by train, a convenient and time and money-saving option. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 7.5 miles southeast of Liverpool city centre. The closest train station is Liverpool South Parkway station, to which direct trains run from Liverpool. Lime Street station (operated by East Midlands Railway) and Liverpool Central station (operated by Merseyrail).

Find out more about trains to Liverpool Airport.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:40:00 until 21:00:00
  • Saturday open from 06:15:00 until 21:00:00
  • Sunday open from 08:15:00 until 21:00:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Lost PropertyAvailable
Lost Property Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeAvailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
lifts to all platforms
Toilets notesThe accessible toilets are located on the Concourse.
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes
Except Christmas Day & Boxing Day
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAvanti West Coast
Car parking spaces2124
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces45
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
18 cycle stands plus a cycling compound with 27 spaces available at the front of the station (please see staff for more information)
Cycle storage notesCompound
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Birmingham International station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

Opening Hours
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:30:00 until 20:00:00
  • Saturday open from 08:00:00 until 18:00:00
  • Sunday open from 10:00:00 until 18:00:00
Located Up the stairs from the platforms, lift available Tickets Accepted Avanti West Coast Business, First Open or Advance First tickets. You can only enter the lounge on the travel date shown on your ticket. Facilities Dedicated business areas are fully equipped with desks, power points and screens with updated train information. Refreshments Tea, coffee, soft drinks. Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is available Showers No showers are available

The AirRail link and the NEC entrance are at opposite ends of the concourse, where you will find a Cafe Ritazza, WHSmith and Subway, as well as the ticket counter, money exchange and stairs/lift to the bus station. On this level there are also toilets, the First Class Lounge, and the stairs, lifts and escalators down to the platforms. There are waiting rooms and toilets between platforms 2 and 3, and platforms 4 and 5.

Departures and arrivals from Birmingham International

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Birmingham International station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Birmingham New StreetAvanti West Coast05:404On time
to Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains05:484On time
to Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains05:521On time
to Birmingham New StreetAvanti West Coast06:004On time
to Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains06:033On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from CoventryWest Midlands Trains05:351On time
from CoventryAvanti West Coast05:394On time
from CoventryWest Midlands Trains05:474On time
from CoventryAvanti West Coast05:584On time
from CoventryWest Midlands Trains06:033On time
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