We’re closer than you think!
Autumn Fair takes place at the NEC in Birmingham, right at the centre of the UK. Did you know, for 70% of UK retailers, the journey time will be within 3 hours.
Arrive by car
Satnav address: The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT
The NEC Birmingham is situated 8 miles East of Birmingham city centre, at the hub of the UK motorway network. Visitors from any direction can travel to the NEC directly using the following motorways - M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42.
The NEC is signposted on motorways and major roads and is marked on most good maps. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you allow plenty of time for your journey.
Please be aware that a Sat-nav system will not direct you into an onsite car park. Upon arrival please follow the clearly signposted directions to an on-site car park.
Arrive by train
Get 20% off with Avanti West Coast
The nearest train station to the NEC is Birmingham International, a five-minute walk under a covered bridge.
You can also travel to Birmingham city’s central station which is Birmingham New Street. Regular trains connect Birmingham New Street to Birmingham International and the journey only takes approximately 10 minutes.
London is only 80 minutes away and trains also run directly from many regional towns and cities.
- Buy tickets in advance from Avanti West Coast and receive a 20% discount*
- Buy tickets from The Trainline
- Buy tickets from National Rail
*Please remember to have your exhibitor/visitor passes or email confirmation with you as the Train Manager may ask to view this when checking your Avanti West Coast ticket.
Arrive by coach & local bus services
Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From Birmingham Airport, you can get to the NEC in minutes on the free air-rail link.
Local Bus Services
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). For more information about local bus services visit Network West Midlands.
Arrive by Eurostar
The Eurostar is an effective way to reach London in the United Kingdom when travelling from France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, or Switzerland. We highly recommend that you book early to secure the best price as fares can sometimes be as low as £29 return from Paris to London.
Arrive by Air
Birmingham International Airport is located within the NEC complex. You can book flights directly to and from Birmingham International from most domestic and international airports.
To get from Birmingham International Airport to the NEC, simply take the free and fast Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International railway station and then it’s just a short walk to the NEC 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 05:15am and 02:00am
Save on travel costs with oneworld, our international travel partner
Our international travel partner
Save on travel costs
oneworld is the airline alliance of Autumn Fair. As a registered attendee, you can access discounted flights for travel to the UK. oneworld airlines provide direct flights to London from a number of destinations. Travelling from London to Birmingham NEC is then as easy as catching a train.
This will allow you to access discounted flights using a Spring Fair discount. You can also use the following link to access savings:
Visit www.oneworld.com/events, select ‘Attendee’ and enter event code OW57A19 to access the online booking tool.
Attendee travel benefits
- Discounts on flights for attendees and one travel companion
- Travel up to seven days before and seven days after the event
- 24-hour support via email or phone
- Earn rewards and tier status points on eligible oneworld flights
- Frequent flyer privileges including access to some 650 premium airport lounges worldwide, fast track at security lanes in selected airports and extra baggage allowance*
*Privileges depend on your oneworld tier status level. For more information visit: oneworld.com/travel-benefits