The NEC is in the perfect location for car travel - 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network.
For a map of NEC Birmingham's location please visit www.streetmap.co.uk and search for The NEC by postcode - B40 1NT.
For Sat Nav purposes, we recommend using postcode - B40 1NT.
With 16,500 spaces available The NEC has got plenty of room for you. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by their traffic team to get you to the right car park area for the event. Once you’ve parked you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the halls using their sign posted footpaths.
Standard Parking - £12 per day
Standard parking is available in the North, South and East Car Parks, with regular shuttle buses to take you from these car parks to the halls. Standard parking is not pre-bookable. Just follow the signs when you arrive, and pay by cash or card, if required, at the nearest kiosk. If you prefer, you can pay at the kiosk on the way back or at the exit - but in general it’s quicker to buy your ticket before you go back to your car.
Express Parking - £20 per day
Why not plan ahead and pre-book a guaranteed space in a designated NEC Express parking area, with only a short walk to the halls? You can arrive and depart at any time between 8am and 6.30pm. NEC Express is pre-bookable from approximately 3 months before the event up until midnight the day prior to the event.
Disabled Parking - £12 per day
Like most venues, we charge for disabled parking. But at the NEC, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth - with new and improved special facilities, in a designated area that’s fully signposted, close to the halls and completely user-friendly.
Shuttle Bus Service
Team NEC operate a convenient shuttle bus service from the car parks to the venue during the open period of each show. They usually run from one hour before the event opens to one hour after the closing time. Please check the electronic signage at the bus stops for live information.
The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside!
The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, and clearly signposted.
Many services run direct to Birmingham International. If yours doesn’t, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street. There are regular services, and the journey only takes 10-15 minutes. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations. For further information call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit their website: www.nationalrail.co.uk.
*Discounted train tickets*
The NEC have teamed up with Virgin Trains to offer all ticket holders 25% discount on travel. Find single fares from London Euston to Birmingham International for just £5.60! Find out more.
Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC in minutes on the free air-rail link.
Regular local buses depart from Birmingham City Centre. The 900 service runs every 15 mins during the day taking approximately 30 mins. The 97 service operates every 30 mins, 24hrs a day taking approximately 45 mins.
Local bus services also run every 30 mins throughout the day to Solihull (service 966) and Coventry (service 900).
The NEC is just minutes away from Birmingham Airport (BHX) – which is very handy for international visitors and those on UK internal flights!
From the airport, simply take the free and fast Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International railway station and then it’s just a short walk to our entrance. The Air-Rail Link runs every 2 minutes and takes just 90 seconds to reach the NEC. It leaves the airport from the upper level of Terminal 1, and operates daily between 0515am and 0200am.
East Midlands Airport (EMA)
Distance: 40 miles
Grand Designs Live has appointed Event Express as its official accommodation partner. Event Express have negotiated special rates for visitors and exhibitors.
Book your room here: www.eventexpressuk.co.uk/grand-designs-live-birmingham
Tel: 01905 732737
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