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Getting around Birmingham

Whether you’re enjoying the city centre, visiting the leafy suburbs, or wandering the beautiful surrounding countryside, you’ll find it easy to get around Birmingham. Exploring on foot is a great way to see the amazing architecture and historical sights the city has to offer. But if you’re heading further afield or having a big night out, there are plenty of transport options.

A bus in Birmingham

Birmingham buses

With a huge network linking everyone to everything, Birmingham’s buses are great. Check out the Network West Midlands website for up to date timetables and prices as you’ll need the exact fare if you’re paying on board. Staying out late? Getting back to your Premier Inn is no problem as many of the bus routes run 24/7 in Birmingham.

Local train station

Trains

Criss-crossing the centre, the eight local rail lines give you quick links throughout the city and beyond. From the three stations in the centre – New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street – you’ll be able to get to all of Birmingham’s attractions and venues. Check out timetables and fares and plan your journey on the National Rail website. 

A typical Birmingham tram

Trams

Opening in 1999, the Midland Metro tram line runs from Wolverhampton to Birmingham. Journeys are quick and easy with trams running every 6-8 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes on evenings and Sundays. Find out the best ticket option for you on the Network West Midlands website.

Birmingham City canals

Canals

Not the quickest way to travel but definitely the most interesting, taking to Birmingham’s canals can turn your journey into a sightseeing trip. Head to Gas Street Basin near Brindleyplace and jump on board a barge for a short summer day trip or a relaxing narrow boat holiday.

Bike hire

The miles of canals and compact city centre make cycling a great way to explore Birmingham. You can hire a Brompton folding bike from a number of docks throughout the city centre. You’ll need to register online, but once that’s done you can explore the city on two wheels for £5 a day.

Looking for a hotel in Birmingham?

Whether you want to stay in Birmingham’s city centre, leafy suburbs or beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Birmingham Airport and New Street Station, as well as the NEC, Barclaycard Arena and the Bullring.