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Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, 2018

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Getting to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, 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 has Birmingham Airport right next door.

There are many ways to get to the NEC, please see various options below to help you plan your journey...

By Driving

The NEC is easily accessed from the M25, M11, A406 and A13. For Sat Nav purposes, we recommend using the postcode - B40 1NT. Once you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your satnav anymore, instead follow the signs and you will be directed to a car park by the traffic team.

Please bear in mind that the NEC will charge each car to park. Motorcycles park free.

The NEC are operating a new parking system so if you book in advance, not only will you save time by not queuing to pay, you will also pay the same parking fee as last year. If you pay on-the-day you could be subject to queuing and paying more. For parking details and to book your parking simply click here to do so.

This is a charge levied by the venue (The NEC) and not by the show. The Classic Motor Show (Clarion Events Ltd) does not receive a single penny of the NEC’s parking charge. There are shuttle buses running from the NEC car parks to the halls. For more information on Car Parking, please click here www.thenec.co.uk/visiting-us/car-parking

Disabled parking bays for blue badge holders are available. These are allocated upon arrival by NEC traffic staff. The NEC require assisted access visitors to pay the standard charge to park - this policy is nothing to do with us as the organisers of the Show.

Car Parking Tips

  • Some visitors prefer to park at, or close to, a local train station (one that runs through Birmingham International of course) and do the last stint by train. Postcode for Birmingham International Station is B40 1PA.
  • Some local/regional stations will have free car parks, some will be a bit cheaper than the NEC, some will have on-road parking close by. The added benefit of approaching like this should mean less chance of getting caught in any traffic congestion around site or on the surrounding M42/M6 at peak times (i.e. when everyone's arriving/leaving). You'll have to check with the regional stations/routes.
  • Some people prefer to park at Birmingham International Station (1300 spaces with covered walk through to NEC Halls), usually saving a couple of pounds, but you'll need to get there early.
  • Car share - there's bound to be someone else close to where you are coming to the show. Check with car clubs, local forums, message boards etc.

By Train

Birmingham International Station is located 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 onto 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 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 automatically applied to your booking!

By Air

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, the 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

By Coach/Bus

Get a National Express Coach in to Birmingham (www.nationalexpress.com) and then transfer via local bus or train service to the NEC.

Check bus services and times here: http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands