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Flights to Birmingham arrive at Birmingham International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the UK. Britain's second largest city is home to a mix of old and new with recent facelifts transforming the city into a centre for shopping, culture and nightlife.

Why go?

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With its diverse cultural mix, there's something in Birmingham to suit all tastes.  Perhaps the most popular attraction is the Bullring Shopping Centre, which houses Selfridges and a range of other popular high street shops.  With its shiny fronted and futuristic exterior, it's hard to miss and a must for any shopaholics visiting the city. Those who have a hole burning in their wallet should head to the nearby Mailbox with its designer outlets and boutiques.

Away from the shops, Birmingham is also home to Cadbury World, where visitors with a sweet tooth can take a factory tour, learn about the history of Cadbury and even sample some of their famous chocolate. While there, it's also worth visiting the village of Bourneville with its perfectly manicured lawns and picture-postcard views. Visitors looking for culture should head to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which is a centre for Middle Eastern artefacts as well as geology, science, nature and much more.

The best way to find cheap flights to Birmingham is by using our price comparison tool to compare Birmingham flights from a host of different airlines.

How to get there?

Birmingham is the seventh largest airport in the UK and has an excellent route network for fliers...

Birmingham has recently begun to attract more long-haul operations to add to its already wide schedule of domestic and European flights.

Monarch, easyJet and Ryanair all have bases at Birmingham serving popular resorts and cities in Europe, as well as the Canary Islands and Morocco. Holidays companies such as Thomson and Thomas Cook fly to the most popular Mediterranean destinations, as well as Orlando in Florida, Jamaica and the Mexican playground of Cancun.

Emirates has double daily flights to Dubai and beyond from Birmingham. For destinations across the pond, you can reach New York with United and Toronto with Air Transat. Air India flies to Delhi and Pakistan International to airports in its home country.

Regular flights to Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt or Munich with Air France, KLM and Lufthansa also connect with more than 150 onward destinations across the globe.

If you want to get around the UK, flybe has flights to major Scottish cities from Birmingham, as well as to Belfast, Newquay, Newcastle and the Channel Islands.

Getting to and from the airport

Transport options between the city and the airport are fast and efficient...

From the airport terminal you can connect with Birmingham International Railway Station within minutes via the free monorail service. From this station you can take one of the regular train services into Birmingham city centre, most of which take only 10 minutes and cost a few pounds per person.

Trains also depart from the well-connected airport railway station to a large number of destinations in the UK. If you have flown into Birmingham for the NEC, you can travel between the airport and the exhibition centre via covered walkways.

Frequent bus services run between the airport and the city centre, too. The journey will take longer than the train, though it is cheaper. 

A taxi from the airport to the city centre takes around 25 minutes, and you can expect a metered fare of around £30.

If you plan to hire a car, you can collect your vehicle at Birmingham Airport. Check prices on Birmingham car hire using TravelSupermarket.

The airport is just minutes from the M42, M6 and M40 motorways, so you can get where you want to be with ease.

Where to stay?

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Birmingham is a sprawling city with a large central core. If you plan to spend most of your time seeing the museums, spending in the many wonderful stores and taking advantage of the eclectic nightlife, you should definitely consider staying as centrally as possible. The city centre is awash with luxury hotels, with brands such as Hotel du Vin, Malmaison and Radisson Blu offering top-class city stays.

You'll also find many budget chain hotels in the city centre and on the outskirts of the central area. Travelodge, Premier Inn and Ibis offer slightly cheaper stays in Birmingham. If you want to book a cheap room at the weekend then act fast as the best budget hotels will be very busy when the city lets its hair down on Friday and Saturday evenings.

If you plan to split your time between the city and Cadbury World, or perhaps want to catch a cricket match at Edgbaston, look for hotels to the south of the city centre.

As Birmingham is known for its nightlife and shopping, as well as being a business destination, Sunday night offers the best opportunity to find the lowest prices on hotel rooms. Use TravelSupermarket to find a great deal on hotels in Birmingham once you've booked your flights.