Autumn Fair takes place at the NEC. For 70% of UK retailers the journey time will be within 3 hours.
Car parking is free at the NEC.
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 site 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.
The nearest train station to the NEC is Birmingham International which is just 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 from The Trainline
- Buy tickets from National Rail
- Buy tickets in advance from Virgin Trains and receive a 25% discount. *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 Virgin Train tickets.
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 here 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.
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