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Travel & Car Parking
Here you will find details of how to locate Motorcycle Live at the NEC.
Arriving at the NEC
The NEC is situated 8 miles East of Birmingham city centre; its central location ensures it is at the hub of the UK motorway network. Visitors from any direction can travel to The NEC site directly using the following motorways – M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42.
The NEC is signposted on motorways and major roads and is marked on most maps. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you allow plenty of time for your journey.
As a free flowing alternative to the M6, the M6 Toll offers reliably shorter journey times through the West Midlands. It runs between Junctions 3A and 11A of the M6, and there is easy access to the NEC via the M6toll / M42. M6 Toll Website
Using Sat Nav
If you are using a satellite navigation system please enter the postcode B40 1NT to pinpoint us. Please be aware that the Sat Nav system will not direct you into an onsite car / bike park. Please follow the clearly signposted directions once in the vicinity of the venue.
By Bike or Car
- Secure, indoor bike parking in the Bike Park. Free of charge (and subject to availability)
- The cloakroom will offer the storage of kit at a cost of £1 per item. It will open one hour before the Event, and close an hour after the Event
- Car Parking will be £12.00 on the day or £10.00 in advance (exclusively for Motorcycle Live visitors) – this is a charge implemented by The NEC.
On your arrival at The NEC, traffic officers will direct you to the most convenient parking area, however being such a large site with a number of entrances, it is recommended that you refer to The NEC Site Map and NEC Road Access Map before your arrival to avoid adding time to your journey.
The NEC has designated car park spaces for visitors with disabilities – all are charged at £10.00 in advance/£12.00 on the day.
See below map of the Birmingham NEC location.
Arrive by Train
The NEC is situated adjacent to Birmingham International Rail Station; if you are coming to a show at The NEC you can reach Motorcycle Live without stepping outside!
Depending on your origin station you can travel directly by train to The NEC by alighting at Birmingham International. If your point of origin does not provide a service directly to Birmingham International you will need to travel to Birmingham New Street first and get a connecting train from there.
For further information on travelling by train to Birmingham International Station, please contact National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit the National Rail website
OFFER! Visitors travelling to the show via Virgin Trains, can take advantage of 25% discount on tickets to the show. For more detail visit Virgin Trains.
Here’s a quick guide on how to save money on trains to Birmingham.
Birmingham New Street
Birmingham New Street Station is a short journey of approximately 10-15 minutes from Birmingham International Station.
Once off the train…
Once you have arrived at Birmingham International Rail Station take the stairs or lift from any platform up to the station interchange. The entrance to The NEC is situated on the right hand side as you exit the station and is clearly signposted. Continue to walk along the covered walkway called the bridgelink where you can then follow signs to reach Motorcycle Live. (Approximately a 5 minute walk).
Arrive by Plane
Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is our neighbour, which is extremely convenient for our foreign visitors and those on internal flights; once you’ve grabbed your luggage it will take just minutes to get to The NEC from the airport. Birmingham International Airport (BHX) Website
Once You’ve Landed…
This is the quickest way to reach Motorcycle Live and The NEC. If you are on foot follow the signs to the Air-Rail Link which leaves the airport from the first floor of Terminal 1. Once you have stepped off the Air-Rail at Birmingham International Station continue straight ahead through the concourse onto The NEC bridgelink.
The Air-Rail Link is a free, speedy and convenient way to travel between the Airport Passenger Terminals and Birmingham International Station and The NEC. Using a cable drawn system the Air-Rail Link has two trains each with a maximum capacity of 27 passengers.
Where is it?
The Air-Rail Link leaves the airport from the upper level of Terminal 1. It connects the Airport Passenger terminals to Birmingham International Station. The NEC is connected to the rail station via a covered bridgelink.
The Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes and has a one-way travel time of 90 seconds. The Air-Rail Link operates daily between 0515 and 0200.
Arrive by Coach & Bus
The NEC can be reached by a number of local bus services. If you are travelling to The NEC from Birmingham city centre there are two route options.
The 900 service leaves from Moor Street Interchange and has a daytime frequency of 20 minutes. The 900 will drop you at Birmingham International Station with a journey time of approximately 31 minutes.
The 38 service leaves from Moor Street Interchange hourly, it has a journey time of approximately one hour. The 38 will drop you off at Birmingham International Station.
The National Express coach station is located in Digbeth in Birmingham city centre.
National Express Website
Travel from Digbeth to the NEC:
National Express run services between Digbeth coach station and Birmingham International Airport. Click here for information on travelling from Birmingham International Airport to The NEC.
The 900 service travels from Digbeth to Birmingham International Station and has a daytime frequency of 20 minutes. The 900 will drop you at Birmingham International Interchange with a journey time of approximately 25 minutes. Click here for information on travelling from Birmingham International to The NEC.
Birmingham New Street station is approximately an 11 minute walk from Digbeth coach station. Click here for information on travelling by train to The NEC.
The NEC is approximately a 10 mile journey by taxi from Digbeth coach station. Black cabs are the safest way to travel and each vehicle carries 5 people with luggage.
Arrive by Taxi
T.O.A black cabs are available at clearly marked ranks outside the NEC’s main entrances. They’re an easy and convenient way to get to your hotels and the towns and attractions around the NEC. And as one of our appointed suppliers, T.O.A Taxis are committed to providing a reliable, good value service to enhance your NEC experience.
You can book T.O.A taxis by phone on 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729 (free phone), online, via a mobile app or pick one up outside the NEC main entrances if available. Services are available by phone 24/7.
T.O.A Taxis accept all major Credit Cards, subject to a processing charge of 10%+VAT.
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