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Trains to Birmingham International Airport

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Why not alleviate the stress of getting to the airport on time and start your holiday early by taking the train to Birmingham International Airport? Located in the centre of England and flying to over 150 destinations, Birmingham Airport is one of the most popular airports in the UK. No need to panic about traffic and car park prices, travelling to Birmingham Airport with CrossCountry is easy, money saving and stress-free.

We run many direct trains to the airport and if you live somewhere that doesn’t take you directly, it is easy to change trains at Birmingham New Street. From here, it takes around 15 minutes to get to Birmingham International Station and costs from £3. From Birmingham International Station there is a free 'Air-Rail link' to take you straight to the terminal building.

Benefits of taking the train to Birmingham International Airport

  • Saves you paying for airport parking
  • No need to stress about traffic
  • Saves you paying for a taxi
  • Eco-friendly compared to a car

CrossCountry makes it easy to book cheap train tickets to Birmingham International Airport.

Your holiday begins when you step on board a CrossCountry train. You can sit back and relax, not thinking about getting to the airport on time – no traffic jams or expensive taxis. You’ll save money on petrol and airport parking, and taking the train is much better for the environment!

Luggage space is provided on our trains, so there is room for your cases and we have charging points to charge up your devices before your flight. Start celebrating your holiday early by purchasing some prosecco from the at seat-service and enjoy a light snack as you travel to the airport.

As well as saving you money, if you purchase your CrossCountry ticket as an m-Ticket or e-Ticket, the only thing you need to travel is your mobile phone. Saving you the time and hassle of getting tickets at the station.

Getting to Birmingham International Airport by train

Whether you’ve travelled directly or changed trains at Birmingham New Street, travelling to Birmingham International is made easy with CrossCountry. From the station, you can jump on the free and frequent 'Air-Rail link', which will get you to the airport terminal in just two minutes.

The speedy service operates between 03:30 and 00:30 hours daily with services running frequently. Between 00:30 and 02:00 hours there is a courtesy bus in operation.  If you are flying during these hours, use bus stop D from the Airport Terminal and bus stop Sb at the Train Station.

The Air-Rail Link arrives on the first floor of the Airport. To check in, you’ll need to use the lift or escalator to the ground floor.

Station Accessibility

Both Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International are fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs.

More questions?

For more information about getting to Birmingham Airport, visit Birmingham International’s website.

Popular routes

Below are return train ticket prices to Birmingham Airport including CrossCountry Advance train ticket prices:

Departure Station

Anytime Return

Off-Peak Return

CrossCountry Advance*

Estimated Travel Time

Manchester Piccadilly

from £112.00

from £48.60

from £43.00

1 hour, 45 minutes


from £21.90

from £19.90

from £17.00

50 minutes


from £32.80

from £20.00

from £22.40

40 minutes


from £89.50

from £43.50

from £43.00

1 hour


from £133.20

from £64.40

from £61.20

1 hour, 25 minutes

*all prices in the table above are guide prices and subject to change. CrossCountry Advance tickets subject to availability. Travel time maybe slightly shorter or slightly longer than stated above.

Our Top Travel Tips

Here are our top travel tips to make sure your journey runs smoothly:

Once you have arrived in Birmingham Airport

Once you’ve arrived at the airport by train, with plenty of time to spare, you can take full advantage of the airport’s facilities. Birmingham Airport is fully equipped with eateries and shops to help you relax and indulge before your flight.

Shopping in Birmingham Airport

Whether you need some last-minute essentials, or you’ve got time to kill before your flight, Birmingham Airport has shops before and after security, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to do some shopping. Superdry is stocked with stylish casual clothing for men and women or, if you’re the sporty type, JD Sports is the place for you. Ladies will love the shoes, designer handbags and accessories in Kurt Geiger and Furla & Tumi.

With Pandora chock full of great jewellery and The Watch Collection offering plentiful designer and luxury brand watches at tax free prices, why not treat yourself before your holiday? Last minute toiletries can be picked up from Boots and WHSmith is great for sweets and magazines for the flight. You’ll also find a WHSmith Books if you’re looking for a good read to entertain you on your flight, or whilst lounging by the pool.

It wouldn’t be a holiday without browsing duty free, so pop in to World Duty Free to pick up tax-free gifts. With a range of alcohol, cosmetics, confectionary, tobacco and premium brand items, you’ll find gifts to suit everyone.

Restaurants in Birmingham Airport

Relax before your flight with a tasty meal in one of the Birmingham Airport’s great restaurants. Act like you’re already on holiday at Bottega Prosecco Bar where you can enjoy delicious wines and lights bites before you fly. Wetherspoons is cheap and cheerful, serving traditional breakfasts, British pub classics and fresh paninis, as well as a wide range of craft beer, wines and cocktails.

If you’re travelling with children, both Giraffe and Frankie & Benny’s are family-friendly restaurants, with great kid’s menus and activity packs to keep little ones entertained whilst they wait for their food.You’ll also find a Burger King both before and after security where you can eat in or take away, so plenty of opportunity to get your fix of fries!

There is a handful of different coffee shops for hot drinks, sandwiches and cake slices, and if you’re grabbing something for the plane, Pret a Manger or Wrapchic both do great grab-and-go options.

Amenities in Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has all the facilities you may need for a comfortable and pleasant trip. If you’re travelling with children, you’ll want to visit the Sky Zone areas. The interactive play areas are always open and provide games for children of all ages. The Sky Zone areas are in the departure lounge – one by Gate 3 in the South Lounge and one by Gate 54 in the North Lounge.

The multi- faith prayer room is used with mutual respect by people of every faith and none. Washing facilities are available in the toilets on the same floor next to the TUI check-in desks and opposite the ICE facility. Smoking or the smoking of e-cigarettes is not permitted within the terminal building. The smoking area in the Departure Lounge is accessed through Factory Bar and Kitchen. The entrance is clearly marked. You’ll need to ask the bar for the key code to access the smoking area.

Wherever you are within the terminal, you will be able to connect to free Wi-Fi for half hour slots. You simply have to login and your details will be saved for future visits.

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