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Alternative Transfer Options

Arranging your own travel

BCUIC staff kindly ask that students inform us of their arrangements and dates before departing for Birmingham. However, you can plan and arrange your own travel to Birmingham if you wish.

If you wish for BCUIC to arrange your first night's accommodation you need to inform us of your arrival date and time so that we can book you a hotel.

For assistance with arranging your first night's accommodation, please contact accommodation@bcuic.bcu.ac.uk where the BCUIC accommodation and arrivals team will be happy to help.

Travelling by coach

Students flying to Birmingham Airport (BHX) can take a National Express coach from the airport to the Coach Station in the City Centre. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and costs are approximately £5.

If flying into London, students can travel by National Express coach which runs buses directly from Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Birmingham. This is the cheapest way to travel. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes from either airport. If you favour this option you will need to book your ticket 24 hours in advance of boarding the bus and make your own way to the correct coach pick up point at the airport (which is determined by your arrival terminal) to board the coach.

For a full list of fares, departure times, pick up points and to book online please go to the National Express website at www.nationalexpress.com (Please remember to read the terms and conditions).

For assistance with arranging your first night's accommodation please contact accommodation@bcuic.bcu.ac.uk where the BCUIC accommodation and arrivals team will be happy to help.

Travelling by train

Many train services offer either 'Standard', or 'First' Class' tickets (and therefore seating). First Class is much more expensive than 'Standard Class', which most people find perfectly comfortable. It is advisable to book a seat in advance on long distance journeys, especially if you plan to travel on a Monday or Friday.

Train services are operated by a variety of different companies. Some companies offer special deals, especially if booked in advance, on certain routes (usually longer distance routes). For timetables and fares, see www.thetrainline.com. Birmingham Airport has its own train station with frequent trains to Birmingham New Street station in the City Centre throughout the day. The journey time is approximately 11 minutes and tickets are approximately £3.50. If booking online, you may be required to use your bank card in the machines at the train station to collect your tickets.

Train services are operated by a variety of different companies. Some companies offer special deals, especially if booked in advance, on certain routes (usually longer distance routes). For timetables and fares, see www.nationalrail.co.uk

Students who choose to fly into London can get the train from Heathrow or Gatwick to London and then, following a short hop on the London Underground, get a connecting train from Euston to Birmingham. For train times and prices please see www.nationalrail.co.uk (Please remember to read the terms and conditions).

Please make sure you book your train ticket before travelling to Birmingham.

For assistance with arranging your first night's accommodation please contact accommodation@bcuic.bcu.ac.uk where the BCUIC accommodation and arrivals team will be happy to help.