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Birmingham - getting there

Birmingham is located right in the centre of England and it is well-connected by road, rail and air.

 By train

Birmingham is serviced by all of the UK’s leading rail network operators, including Chiltern Railways, London MidlandVirgin Trains and CrossCountry. The city's main station, New Street Station is a major hub of the UK rail network. High-speed trains to London Euston (up to three an hour) take less than 90 minutes.

From other UK cities: Bristol Temple Meads 1hr 30mins, Cardiff Central 1hr 50mins, Edinburgh 4hrs 20mins, Leeds 2hrs, Liverpool Lime Street 1hr 40mins, Manchester Piccadilly 1hr 40mins, Newcastle 3hrs 20mins.

International: Eurostar services from Paris (3hrs 45mins) or Brussels (3hrs 30 mins) into London St Pancras. Then a short transfer time to London Euston for direct trains to Birmingham.

Virgin Trains are offering discounted fares for UK residents to Birmingham New Street as The EMBO Meeting venue, The ICC, is part of the NEC group. Please note the terms and conditions. For more info and to book, click here.

By plane

Birmingham Airport serves 143 direct scheduled and charter routes and offers an additional 279 possible connections worldwide, and plans for a runway extension means this is set to grow. The airport is just 13km from the city centre and offers an Airlink Shuttle which ensures a smooth transit to Birmingham International Railway Station, with up to 9 trains an hour, you can be at New Street Station in just 10 minutes. Star Alliance has been appointed the Official Airline Network for The EMBO Meeting 2015.

By coach

With National Express; there are fast and convenient links from most major UK towns and cities, right into the centre of the city (Digbeth Coach Station).

By car
The M5, M6 and M42 motorways service the city from all directions, with many of the junctions just a few minutes from the city centre. There are plenty of well signed parking spaces in the city centre – so parking is not a big issue when you arrive.

Disabled visitors

Accessible Birmingham gives dedicated information for disabled visitors, older visitors with limited mobility, parents or carers.

Upon Arrival

Click here for more details about how to get to the venue.


The city's well regulated taxis are especially convenient for those with heavy luggage or returning late from a night out. Black cabs can be hailed in the street or reached at one of the many taxi ranks in the city centre; the main ones are at New Street Station, Stephenson Street and Digbeth Coach Station. TC Cars is the taxi partner for The EMBO Meeting 2015. Please call +44 121 770 2000 to pre-book and receive the special conference discounted rate quoting "EMBO" as the reference.


UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the mains supply through wall sockets. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off  UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher. You'll probably need an adaptor! Make sure you come prepared. No adaptors will be available at the venue.