NEC – National Exhibition Centre
One of Europe’s leading exhibition and event centres, the NEC offers flexible space for any of your events, including ready-made layouts and blank canvases which spark innovation and creativity. Indoors – over 182,000 square metres of indoor space, 20 interconnecting halls, 34 specialist conference and meetings suites and the 15,643 capacity LG Arena on site. Outdoors – over 392 acres of hard-standing and 75 acres of woodland to take the shows and the action into the open air too!
The NEC is the biggest and best exhibition and events venue in the UK. Anything and everything is possible at the NEC!
The NEC is easy to get to from anywhere in the UK, Europe and beyond.
The NEC is in the perfect location for car travel – 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network. When travelling from the North, they recommend you use the M6 Toll, you can prebook access to the M6 Toll to make your journey as quick and hassle free as possible.
With 16,500 spaces available they have got plenty of room for you. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by our traffic team to get you to the right car park area for your event. Once you’ve parked you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the halls using our sign posted footpaths.
The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside!
The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, and clearly signposted.
Many services run direct to Birmingham International. If yours doesn’t, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street. There are regular services, and the journey only takes 10-15 minutes. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations. For further information call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950.
BY BUS AND COACH
Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC in minutes on the free air-rail link.
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).
T.O.A black cabs are available at clearly marked ranks outside the NEC’s main entrances. They’re an easy and convenient way to get to your hotels and the towns and attractions around the NEC. And as one of our appointed suppliers, T.O.A Taxis are committed to providing a reliable, good value service to enhance your NEC experience.
You can book T.O.A taxis by phone on 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729 (free phone), online, via a mobile app or pick one up outside the NEC main entrances if available. Services are available by phone 24/7.
T.O.A Taxis accept all major Credit Cards, subject to a processing charge of 10%+VAT.
The NEC is just minutes away from Birmingham Airport (BHX) – which is very handy for international visitors and those on UK internal flights!
From the airport, simply take the free and fast Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International railway station and then it’s just a short walk to our 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 0515am and 0200am.
- East Midlands Airport (EMA)
- Distance: 40 miles