Venue & Travel

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC)

Birmingham, West Midlands, B40 1NT

Exterior photograph of the Birmingham NEC

By bus or by coach

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).

By car

The NEC is 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network.

Parking

Vehicle   Cost per day
Coach (49 seats)   £20
Car/van   £12.00
Motorbike   Free
Disabled parking (blue badge holder)   £12.00
Minibus (up to 19 seats)   £15.00
Express parking   £20.00

By train

The NEC is located next to Birmingham International rail station. 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.

Food and drink

There are numerous catering outlets onsite for visitors to purchase food. There will also be picnic areas within the event with space for your group to sit and eat packed lunches.

The NEC food and beverage is operated by Amadeus, part of the NEC Group of companies. Please contact them directly prior to your visit if you have specific food requirements.

Accommodation

There are a number of hotels available onsite at The NEC and in the surrounding areas, suitable for all budgets.

The Big Bang Fair official booking partner is HotelshopUK.

Email: business@hotelshopuk.com
Telephone: 44 (0)1905 792 820
Fax: 44 (0)1905 792 838

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm