Travel Tips

Local travel information

Travelling in Birmingham is not that difficult, in fact, it has become easy to travel in Birmingham, thanks to the West Midland Travel Network. There are several ways to travel from Birmingham; it depends on which is suitable for you. The different means of travelling could be by car travel, train or bus. Birmingham, as we all know, is a big city and also a very busy one at that too, so car travel is not really recommended, however, travelling with public transport system is way better than the car travel.

Travelling by Bus in Birmingham

One good thing in Birmingham is the good bus travel system in Birmingham making travelling a lot easier for people. For maps for the buses in Birmingham, you could get at tourist offices, libraries and travel West Midland Shops.

Tips for bus travel in Birmingham

  • The buses depart from different points in the city of Birmingham
  • Be sure to bring the right amount as the busses do not give change. The maximum fare for the buses is about £2.40, so be sure to have some loose change before you plan your money.
  • If you do not know the area very well, it is advised to sit close to the driver, so he notifies you when you get to your bus stop. Though some of the bus drivers are not very friendly as some might not even look or speak to you during the journey so best using maps and phones to navigate.
  • Another advice is to avoid early mornings, more especially on Mondays as that’s when the staff renew their commuters. They are actually nice but not really fast as you would expect.

Travelling by Train

Travelling by train is another excellent means of local travel in Birmingham. To keep up with the times, you can get information on the timetables and times from the national rail website. Birmingham has three main train stations which are Birmingham New Street which seems to be the biggest of the other train stations. The station is underneath the Grand Central. Trains from New Street travel all over the United Kingdom. It’s a bustling train station, so if you know this, you would definitely book your ticket weeks or months in advance. The other train stations are the Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street which are smaller train stations compared to New Street. These smaller train stations run local services.

Travel by Taxi

You can find a lot of taxis in Birmingham even right from the airport. With taxis, a mile should not cost more than £5. So for a trip of £4.20, you can give the driver £5 and say keep the change. Tipping is not really a culture in Birmingham, so it would be considered an act of generosity to tip the driver, however, if you do not, no one will get upset. For someone who is trying to live on a budget in Birmingham, using taxis are not really advisable as taxis can be costly compared to train travel and bus travel.

There are however other means of travelling in Birmingham; this could be with a motorbike or scooter which can be very useful in terms of getting around quickly.

Local Buses in Birmingham

Moving around Birmingham can be a lot easier if you actually know the timing and from where the buses would be leaving. The local bus system in Birmingham is an essential means of the transport system as it helps to reduce congestion and improve air quality. Generally, people using the local buses in Birmingham are satisfied with the service. To help get the right buses and book tickets easily, some local bus companies are made for such purposes such as CheckMyBus for all available buses, their rates and time of arrivals and departures. Getting information about the local buses, information on reservation, ticketing, and routes can be found at Birmingham Corporation Street, West Midlands Combined Authority.

  1. National Express West Midlands

The bus system is convenient with eco-friendly trips around Birmingham and throughout the Midlands, good bus stop cans which one of it is the Birmingham Hill Street which is actually next to a railway station. So if you plan on using the train, it’s a good bus to use because it takes you directly to a stop just next to a railway station.

The Bus also operates platinum Premium service where you can be more comfortable throughout the journey by stretching your legs, charge your phone and also knowledge of when to get off the bus because of the next stop announcements. The National Express operates with over 500 busses that ply different routes. Getting to know the buses and the routes they ply would be going to their website to check out the buses and their time.

  1. Euro lines UK Bus

Travel anywhere in the UK from Birmingham with the Eurolines. It is another local bus system common in Birmingham for bus users. Sometimes it’s better to travel by buses and of course buses that you can trust to take you to your destination anywhere in the UK. With Eurolines, you can actually travel within Birmingham and other cities such as Dublin, London, and Dudley etc. buying tickets are made easier as tickets are available online using the online booking process on their website at

  1. Mega Bus UK

You would definitely love to move around to see exciting places and events. One easy way to move around is by taking the bus –Mega Bus UK is one of the buses you can use to tour around Birmingham. You can take the bus to historic places such as the Botanical Gardens, the Custard Factory and many more. Mega Bus is a good choice for getting around because of its convenience in booking for coach travel and a local bus system in Birmingham. The Mega Bus actually operates up to ten routes across Birmingham and other cities in the UK

  1. Rotala Passenger Transport

They operate bus travel systems in Birmingham and throughout the West Midlands. The transport company operates over 600 buses throughout the UK. Their buses are used for commercial purposes or can be gotten for chatter especially for a group of tourists who would want to tour around Birmingham.