If you are planning a trip to Birmingham, you will need to know the best way of travelling. Whether you are planning to watch an event at the NEC, a mammoth shopping trip at the Bull Ring or following your football team to one of the many football stadiums, getting around Birmingham can be easy as long as you know what to look for.

Car

If you prefer to drive, Birmingham has plenty of car parks that are conveniently located depending on the reason for your visit. The Bull Ring has its own car park for those taking part in some retail therapy, or you could head to the B4 car park in the city centre. If you don’t want to bring your own car, you could look into hiring a vehicle or even getting a chauffeur-driven one to make the occasion extra special.

Bus/metro

Probably the best way of getting around Birmingham is by using its extensive network of buses and metro services. It is always a good idea to plan your journey in advance so that you know exactly where to go and what service to take.

Train

Based in the heart of the country, Birmingham’s rail network provides access for visitors from all over the country, and even further afield due to its link to Birmingham International airport. The local lines also allow passengers direct access to some attractions outside the city centre.

Foot

With so much of the city centre pedestrianised to allow safe travel for those on foot, taking a stroll around Birmingham could not be easier. You will find several street totems that provide information and show you possible routes to take. If you are staying in Birmingham city centre serviced apartments such as http://www.8waterloostreet.co.uk, it is worth checking out the location to see whether your main destination is within walking distance; for those based in the city centre, it usually is.

Bike

With many cycle routes available throughout the city, riding a bike can also be a great way to sightsee. You can even venture outside the city centre and follow the canal paths, which can take you for miles. For those wanting to stay in the centre, there is plenty of cycle parking available should you wish to stop off and have a bite to eat.