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Flying to Birmingham from China

Several airports in China offer flights to Birmingham International Airport including; Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Hangzhou. Flight times vary for each city and depending on the stop-off duration but are roughly between 11 hours 30 minutes and 16 hours 50 minutes. Airlines that fly regularly between China and Birmingham include: Swiss, Air France, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines and KLM. Stop-off airports include Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Zurich and Brussels.  

As the third largest airport outside of London, the award-winning Birmingham Airport has more than 50 airlines taking passengers to 140 direct locations worldwide.Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014, it is the best-connected airport in the UK.

Birmingham Airport is located next to the M42 motorway and main line rail network with Birmingham International station right next door. This station puts air passengers in the city centre within 10 minutes.

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Arriving in Birmingham

Set at the heart of the UK motorway network, Birmingham is linked by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 while the A34 and A38 further add to your options and the M1 is less than 30 minutes away. The city is also well served by rail with Birmingham's New Street, Moor Street and International stations connecting directly to 84 towns and cities across the UK. Once in Birmingham, there are 25,000 city centre parking spaces within easy reach and lots of public transport options to get around the visit the region. Birmingham is well served by local buses, trams and trains or you could even cycle on one of the city’s dedicated cycle paths. With a compact and pedestrian-friendly city centre, it’s never been easier to travel around and explore some of Birmingham’s hidden gems.

Getting around Birmingham


The city provides three main rail stations: Snow Hill, Moor Street and, the most frequently used, New Street Station. New Street Station alone sees over 1,250 trains through its platforms each day and has nearly 35 million people travelling through each year!

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With many buses working with Network West Midlands, regular users can grab themselves a bus pass with unlimited travel in and around Birmingham with ease. Visitors also have the option of jumping onto a tourist bus and taking a trip around the second city to take in the history and attractions.

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Birmingham’s well-regulated taxis are especially convenient for travellers, holidaymakers and visitors. TOA taxis are Birmingham's black cab operators. They can be hailed in the street or reached at one of the many taxi ranks in the city centre; the main ones are at New Street Station, Stephenson Street and Digbeth Coach Station.

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It may not be the fastest transport in the city, but it certainly is the most unique way to take in Birmingham’s heritage and industrious past. The canal network and famous Gas Street Basin see a large number of narrow boats slowly motoring through the 200 miles of local canal. Whilst gliding along at 3 miles per hour, make sure you check out the al fresco cafes and top restaurants on your travels.

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With its highly accessible centre and 200 miles of canal-side towpaths, Birmingham is a great place for cyclists to get out and about and take in the sights. On the leisure side of cycling, there are plenty of routes that will take you through country parks, riverside trails, city centre networks and some off-road routes if you're a bit more daring!

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On foot

A stroll is a great way to discover Birmingham. There’s so much to see. The city is now full of open and inviting pedestrianised areas so it’s easy to take a relaxed and safe walk around the compact centre with attractions, shops and places to eat and drink always close by. There’s also a great choice of guided walking tours or self-guided trails to explore.

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