Avanti West Coast
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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:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:40 - 21:00
Saturday 05:40 - 21:00
Sunday 07:40 - 21:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeAvailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Except Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains
Car parking spaces2225
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£325.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces14
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Front of station by taxi rank
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

lifts to all platforms

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:30 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00



Up the stairs from the platforms, lift available

Tickets Accepted

 Virgin Business, First Open or Advance First tickets. You can only enter the lounge on the travel date shown on your ticket.


Dedicated business areas are fully equipped with telephone points, desks, fax photocopier and modem facilities, screens with updated train information.


Tea, coffee, soft drinks.


Wi-Fi is available


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 London EustonAvanti West Coast08:404On time
to NorthamptonWest Midlands Trains08:454On time
to Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains08:523On time
to ReadingCrossCountry09:144On time
to Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains09:213On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from WolverhamptonAvanti West Coast08:394On time
from Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains08:454On time
from CoventryWest Midlands Trains08:523On time
from Birmingham New StreetWest Midlands Trains08:573On time
from Birmingham New StreetCrossCountry09:134On time
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