Be an environmentally-friendly explorer by following our advice on how to get around Birmingham sustainably.
Getting around Birmingham and the region is easy thanks to the fantastic network of public transport, including buses, trams and trains. Despite being such a well connected city, walking or cycling around Birmingham is often just as popular, as there's plenty of things to see and enjoy along the way.
Eight local rail lines criss-cross the city to ensure quick travel to attractions, venues and neighbourhoods (as well as connecting to services to other UK cities and towns).
Birmingham is at the heart of the country’s rail network and a transport hub for people traveling throughout the UK. Birmingham New Street Station alone welcomes 52 million passengers a year. The stations at Birmingham also provide quick access to Birmingham International - Birmingham Airport's own station stop - for anyone looking to fly to and from Birmingham.
Transport for West Midlands has online timetables and fare information, with easy ticket buying and route planning. Alternatively call 0871 200 22 33 for timetable information (calls from landlines and mobiles cost 12p per minute; your phone company may add its own access charge but it will tell you about this).
More and more local buses have facilities such as low floors for easy access for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Birmingham buses can’t be hailed to be stopped; passengers wishing to board or leave a bus, should do so at an official bus stop.
With miles of canals and a compact city centre, what better way to explore Birmingham and the wider region than by bicycle?
The Birmingham Cycle Revolution team has selected thier favourite traffic free city cycling routes to suit all ages and abilities. Many of the chosen paths and routes have recently benefited from improvements and developments made through the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project, and there’s more to come!
Try the cycle route function on Google Maps. Search for your area, hover over “Satellite” at the top right and in the drop-down menu click on “Bicycling” for a map showing off-road trails, bike lanes and bike-friendly roads.
Designed by cyclists, www.cyclestreets.net
not only plots a route but shows the number of traffic lights you’ll cross, the calories you’ll burn and the time of your journey (taking account of hills).
Bike to Birmingham
We’re building a network of people around the country comfortable cycling on roads who can help map a route in their region and rally a peloton of cyclists down to the Heart of England.
If you're a keen cyclist and interested in getting involved find out more below.
Bike to Birmingham