The Academies Show Birmingham will take place on 21st November 2018 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham.
Opening Times: Wednesday 21st November 2018: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location: Hall 1, The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, B40 1NT
We highly recommend that you visit the travel section of the NEC website – www.thenec.co.uk/visitors/getting-here/
How to get to the NEC – click on the icons below
Travelling By Train
The NEC is situated adjacent to Birmingham International Rail Station and you can reach the Show without stepping outside!
Depending on your origin station you can travel directly by train to The NEC by alighting at Birmingham International. If your point of origin does not provide a service directly to Birmingham International, in most cases you will need to travel to Birmingham New Street first and get a connecting train from there.
Travelling from Birmingham New Street: Birmingham New Street Station is a short journey of approximately 10-15 minutes from Birmingham International Station.
Travelling from London: Birmingham International enjoys a direct connection from London Euston – the journey takes between 1hr10mins and 2hrs depending on the type of service.
Once off the train:
Once you have arrived at Birmingham International Rail Station take the stairs or lift from any platform up to the station interchange. The entrance to The NEC is situated on the right hand side as you exit the station and is clearly signposted. Continue to walk along the covered walkway called the bridgelink into the Piazza, and then follow the signs to Hall 9 via the Skywalk walkway.
Once you have taken the escalator down from the Skywalk into the Atrium, turn left and you will see the entrance to The Academies Show Birmingham!
Travelling by bus
Over 120 National Express and Megabus coach services run daily across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every two minutes.
Jumping on a bus in Birmingham City Centre? You’ll want the X1 service (every 15 minutes) or the 97A (every 30 minutes). Local services also run from Solihull (966) and Coventry (900). Choices, choices.
Please click here for detailed Coach & Bus travel directions on the NEC Website
Travelling by car
The NEC is situated 8 miles East of Birmingham city centre; its central location ensures it is 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.
Sat Nav: If you are using a satellite navigation system please enter the postcode B40 1NT to pinpoint us. Please be aware that the Sat Nav system will not direct you into an onsite car park. Please follow the clearly signposted directions once in the vicinity of the venue.
Car Parking: The NEC has numerous car parks that are more broadly categorised into North, East, South and West. All in all there are over 20,000 onsite parking spaces! On your arrival at The NEC, traffic officers will direct you to the most convenient parking area for your event, however being such a large site with a number of entrances, it is recommended that you refer to The NEC Site Map before your arrival to avoid adding time to your journey.
The NEC has designated car park spaces for visitors with disabilities.
Travelling by plane
Birmingham Airport is right on our doorstep, so it’s hardly surprising we attract thousands of international visitors every year. Simply take the free and fast air-rail link to Birmingham International Railway Station located at the upper level of Terminal 1. The train runs every two minutes and only takes 90 seconds. When you arrive just head straight through to the NEC.
Please click here for detailed air travel directions on the NEC Website
Travelling by taxi
The NEC has teamed up with TOA Taxis to ensure a safe, friendly service is available to you 24/7 at the NEC. You can book over the phone by calling 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729 or via their handy app. Alternatively, pick one up at the clearly marked ranks outside our main entrances. For added convenience TOA Taxis accept all major credit cards, subject to a charge of 10%+VAT.
Please click here for detailed Taxi travel directions on the NEC Website