Venue & Travel Information


Hall 3 & 3A , Birmingham NEC, North Ave, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1NT


Visitors to the NEC can connect to a free public WIFI network across the venue.


Car - For those driving to the show, 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. There is a range of parking options for coaches, cars and motorcycles within walking distance of the halls. A shuttle bus service also runs from the car park area.

Train - The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station, with direct trains to many UK locations. Connecting trains can also be caught from Birmingham New Street, which takes 10-15 minutes to reach. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations. You can get to any of the halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside. 25% discount on rail services for attendees (

Bus - 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.

Plane - The exhibition hall is also just minutes away from Birmingham Airport, which has an Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International rail station.


Exhibitor & Visitor Parking will be in East Car Parks 1 & 2 (for visitors this will be charged at the NEC rate of £12 per day) which are within walking distance from the halls.

Disabled parking will be opposite Hall 5 and is again charged at the NEC rate of £12 per day.

Obviously, the location of your car parks will be North not East and Disabled will be hall 16. Regards to the price increase can you please update to the current prices. £12 pre-paid and £16 on the day parking.

All car parks for the show will simply be signposted ‘Optrafair’


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.


There are cloakrooms adjacent to the hall during the event. Visitors can store bags, coats and luggage for £1 per item per day. Overnight storage is not possible at The NEC.

Disabled facilities

The NEC aims to be fully accessible and user-friendly for disabled visitors. Assistance dogs are welcome and induction loop audio systems are fitted in various locations.

Cash machines

Cash points are found inside and outside the Natwest Bank by Hall 4. There are also four other portable cash machines in the Atrium, but there is a charge for using these.


Martin’s Newsagents are located between Halls 4 and 5 in the Piazza. There are also outlets in the Atrium, by Halls 6 and 9. Opening hours vary depending on show activity.

Mobile charging

Charging stations are available for mobile phones and other small electrical devices on the Piazza, adjacent to the green Dwell Zone opposite Natwest Bank, and at Atrium opposite Suite 21.

Post boxes

There is a post box in the Piazza opposite the Natwest Bank and in the Atrium adjacent to Entrance 2.

First aid

If you require first aid assistance contact the Venue Operations Centre on 0121 767 2222. The nearest hospital to The NEC is Solihull General.

Lost property

The main area is located in the security office on the Piazza by the top of the stairs by Hall 1. For property lost on the same day during the exhibition, visitors should go in person to the nearest security office.

Prayer room

The NEC has a multi-faith prayer room available for prayer, reflection or meditation, situated on the Piazza next to the chaplaincy office.