Travelling into Birmingham
Visit Birmingham this Christmas for a fabulously festive experience.
With so many exciting activities taking place as well as Christmas shoppers coming to make the most of all that Birmingham has to offer, the city is going to be very busy. You can help to reduce congestion by thinking about when and how you travel:
- Saturday afternoons are busiest. Consider visiting on Saturday morning, Sunday or a week day instead.
- If you have a car, give it the day off. Use public transport, walking or cycling (or a combination of these).
- Park and Ride services are available. For more information, visit the Transport for West Midlands website
- Cycle Hire is now in the West Midlands. Bikes are available 24/7 with docking stations at major bus, metro, and train stations. View the Station Map.
- Voi scooters are a new and exciting way to get around the city. Download the Voi app to get started. If choosing to travel on a Voi remember to ride with care and park with thought.
Recent changes for city centre visitors include:
- Introduction of blue cycle routes on the A38 and A34
- Introduction of new bus lanes, enforced by cameras
- Roadworks between Five Ways and Paradise Circus as part of the Metro extension works
- If you do choose to drive your car, be mindful of the Clean Air Zone. Check to see if your car is compliant, and if not, be aware that you will have to pay the charge.
- Remember to not drive in bus lanes, otherwise you may be issued a fine. The Moor Street Queensway bus gate is operating directly outside of the Bullring.
- By Saturday lunch time, car parks in the main shopping area will be full. If you've travelled by car, don't drive around looking for a space; use Snow Hill, Millennium Point or Five Ways car parks instead. Please note that Moat Lane, Pershore Street and Grand Central NCP car parks are all closed.
Read more detailed travel advice and get help to plan your journey.
- The Birmingham Eastside extension is under construction. It will bring Metro services to Digbeth and serve the High Speed 2 station at Curzon Street.
- The extension is also part of the enhancements being made with the Digbeth High Street public realm which is set to make the area more attractive, accessible and support future commercial investment.
- Be aware and prepare for restrictions and delays within the Eastside of Birmingham.
- The Westside extension is in its latter stages. It will bring Metro services from Grand Central to Centenary Square, Broad Street, Five Ways and Hagley Road. Passenger services are due by the end of 2021.