Getting here is simple
The NEC is situated right in the middle of England. It’s extremely easy to get to either by road, rail or air being at the hub of the UK motorway network, having its own railway station (Birmingham International) and with Birmingham Airport right next door.
Please have a look at the advice for your preferred method of getting here:
The NEC (National Exhibition Centre) is easily accessible by from both the M6 and M42, which in turn can in turn be easily accessed from the M1, M5, M40 or M69
Leave the M6 at junction 4 (A446 - there is NO NEED to go on the M42 to get to the NEC if you're travelling up or down to the show on the M6 - signs will suggest you do this, but you can happily ignore them and just get off the M6 at J4) ), or leave the M42 at junction 6 and follow the signs.
For Sat Nav
The NEC is a very big site and has just one postcode but, instead of just giving you this (as there are different ways to enter site and your Sat Nav may not give you the best info – you know what they’re like!) here are a couple of other (hopefully) useful postcodes and co-ordinates for you to use. These should help you get to the right entrance from your direction of travel, rather than taking you to the South entrance if you’re coming from the North and vice-versa.
If you are apporaching from the NORTH (e.g M6 - use Junction 4 - there's no need to go onto the M42 as the signs will suggest - just carry on down the M6 to the next exit (J4)) you could use the postcode of the Holiday Inn Express NEC. This is located just on the North Entrance roundabout, so once you’re on that roundabout, you’re here:
NEC North Entrance Roundabout – Holiday Inn Express: B40 1QA
This would also be the best postcode to use for anyone approaching from the North via non-motorway routes. Obviously once you’re close, switch the Sat Nav off unless you actually want the hotel!
Alternatively, for the more technically minded - the approximate co-ordinates for the North Entrance to site are:
52.462494, -1.712837 or +52° 27' 44.98", -1° 42' 46.21"
Note: If you’re on the M6 the signs (for some reason) want you to go onto the M42 for The NEC. You can do this and exit at J6 off the M42, but there is absolutely no need to! If you’re on the M6 then just use Junction 4 (A446).
If you’re travelling via the M42 (use Junction 6), or via the A45, then the postcode that should help get you into site via the South Entrance would be that of the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is inside the NEC site, on the South side. Obviously, once you are within the NEC site then switch off your Sat Nav (unless you’re actually staying at the Hotel) and you’ll be directed to a car park by the traffic guys.
NEC South Entrance (Crowne Plaza Hotel): B40 1PS
This would also be the best postcode to use for anyone approaching from the South via non-motorway routes
Alternatively, for the more technically minded - the approximate co-ordinates for the South Entrance to site are:
52.445600, -1.711550 or +52° 26' 44.16", -1° 42' 41.58"
Bear in mind that the NEC will charge each car £12.00 to park (click here to see the NEC's parking information) , so it’s a good idea to share cars with friends to keep costs down. Motorcycles park free.
Just so you are aware, this is a charge levied by the venue, not by the show.
There are shuttle buses running from the NEC car parks to the halls.
You may find that parking in Birmingham International Station is cheaper (and it’s just a short under cover walk to the halls from here – no more than from NEC Car Parks). Postcode for Birmingham International Station is B40 1PA
Birmingham International Station is IN the NEC complex and is literally just a few minutes undercover walk to/from the show. If your line doesn’t stop directly at Birmingham International Station then simply change at Birmingham New Street Station on to one of the regular services going through Birmingham International.
For train times/fares etc visit www.thetrainline.com
If you are planning to travel by train to the Classic Motor Show, book with Virgin Trains and receive a 25% discount!
Simply book your journey to the NEC using this link: www.virgintrains.co.uk/nec/ and the 25% discount will be automotically applied to your booking!
Birmingham International Airport is right next door and there is a monorail link that means it takes only about 10-15 minutes from walking through arrivals in the Airport, to walking into the show itself. Again, transfer from Airport to show is completely undercover. Flybe, Ryanair and several other budget operators fly in and out of Birmingham International Airport (BHX) along with many other International Airlines.
For visitors travelling from further away there are over 20 international airlines serving BHX.
Visit Birmingham International Airport: www.birminghamairport.co.uk
Get a National Express Coach into Birmingham:
Then transfer via local bus or train service to the NEC.
Check bus services/times etc here: http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands