On 31.7.06 a new FREE bus service started between the three main railway stations (New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill), Digbeth Coach Station, the Millenium Point and the Markets. The bus is wheelchair friendly, has room for luggage and is available for all not just rail passengers. It only has those 6 stops and is every 5-8 minutes from 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturdays.
Unfortunately this service was withdrawn on 31 December 2007.
West midlands travel buses are an easy & cheaper way of getting around Birmingham.
Most buses run every couple of minutes and they depart from all over Birmingham and there's a bus route to go all major attractions within the city. mainly all buses go to the city centre.
For an adult maximum fare (single) it costs £1.40
For a child maximum fare (single) it costs 70p
For an adult daysaver ticket (unlimited use on all west midland travel (WMT) buses for that day) it costs £3.00
For a child daysaver ticket it costs £2.00
For a family daysaver (which is for 2 adults & I think 3 children)
You can also buy an evening saver which is for unlimited use for after 6 pm which costs £1.80
Buses run regularly throughtout Birmingham day and night. There are buses to and from the town centre almost every 15 minutes. From The Norfolk hotel on Hagleys road it only cost us £1.20 to the town centre which was a 10 minute journey away. This was bus number 225.
Also a tip if you want to get back to the city from Drayton Manor park bus number 110 is the one to get, its only £2.50 and takes around 30 minutes back to Birmingham. The bus stop is located on the left hand side of the road once you get out of the park and only a 10 minute walk down the road.
We made the mistake of getting a taxi there at a cost of £25.00 but decided to get the bus home for only £2.50 each.
Birmingham’s bus network is overseen by Centro but operated by a myriad of companies. The vast majority of services, particularly in the city centre, are operated by Travel West Midlands. The fares are flat, , a "short hop" is 80p, everything else within the West Midlands is £1.20.
Note that TWM owns most bus stops so if you try to flag down a non TWM bus at a TWM stop it will most likely ignore you. TWM bus stops have blue and red shelters or posts, whereas Centro ones (where any bus can stop) are green and yellow. The rules are not always followed, it can get confuding!
There is no central bus station for urban services in Birmingham. Buses now leave from several grouping of stops that group together roughly by the direction they go in.
Most services heading to the SOUTH leave from either Smallbrook Queensway or from Moor Street, behind the Pavilions shopping centre. Services heading NORTH and EAST tend to leave from Snow Hill Queensway/Police Offices, whilst services heading NORTH and WEST tend to leave from Colmore Row. There is no hard and fast ruler,so pick up the bus route map from the Centro office in New Street Stn. Some destinations:
From Colmore Row:
From Smallbrook Queensway:
Selly Oak/Uni Birmingham
From Moor Street:
From Snow Hill:
MegaBus to London
If you are going to be using the buses a lot then a pass will be worth it. You can geteither Centro passes which allow the use of all buses (and trains and metro too, for a supplement) or TWM passes that just allow use of TWM buses. You can get cards valid for 7, 14 or 28 days. You need a passport photo to obtain your first card. The easiest place to get cards is at the Travel Shop on the Moor Street level (very bottom floor).
Centro's website has a journey planner for bus, train and metro journeys.
If you are traveling from London to Birmingham, the bus can be a better bet than the trains. There are two services from London city centre. The NXL Shuttle run by National Express runs 24/7 between the two, half hourly during the day. It costs around £20 but if you book in advance over the web you can get "Fun Fares" on certain departure times for £1, £5 or £10. It's cheaper the train and MUCH more reliable. Departs from Victoria Coach Station in London (right next to Victoria train stn) to Digbeth bus station in Birmingham, which is 5-10 min walk to the city centre.
Megabus.com offers a cheaper service, £3 each way! Very very cheap! It leaves from GreenLine bus station in London which is, again, next to Victoria train station. Buses are less comfy than the NXL shuttle but it's air conditioned, and has a toilet and is perfectly usable. However you HAVE to book online, you can't buy tickets at the station or on the bus. Also it is less frequent, running only a few times a day.
Both services are express, running direct non stop between the two cities.
8.10.03 An announcement is expected shortly on a new Coach Station next to Snow Hill Railway Station in Great Charles Street.
It will be funded by Birmingham City Council, AMEC and National Express. This will replace the Coach Station in Digbeth which is looking tired and worn out now.
May 2004 Because agreement could not be reached the plans for the coach station have finally been abandoned and Nation Express have announced that they will redevelop the Digbeth Coach Station.
The best way to move inside Birmingham is Midland Buses . they have big network and can take you from the center to all the areas and it,s cost about 0.40-1 pond per ride or you can buy 1 day ticket for 2.5 £ and it,s work for all buses in all areas and if you are more than 3 you can buy family daysaver it,s cost 5 £ and can have 5 persons .
From the multi choice for travel between the cites in UK you can travel by bus/couch like National Express , it have many dest. in UK and you can book before 1 week and have discount price , i pay from London to Birmingham return ticket for 18 £ .
The bus system is very well connected, but is becoming increasingly expensive. I've never been a big fan of it and would sooner catch the train, but unfortunately, just before they privatised the buses in Birmingham, they closed many of the local stations... hmmm... I wonder why they did that? It's ridiculous if you consider how badly congested Birmingham's roads are. There are lots of bus lanes to compensate. There is an office outside New Street Station which has all the info you need regarding Buses. The maximum price of an off-peak ticket is currently an expensive £1. Well, I suppose it stops you routing around for change!
Buses in Birmingham are better than they were. I don't have a car, have to travel to different parts of the city and always manage it! The bus stops have inproved with better signs and more information. In particular, there are now a lot of big info. points that should help any lost tourist!
Driver helpfulness is random I'm afraid....you're probably better off asking an old lady to tell you when to get off. It's worked for me many a time!
Safety tip - don't sit upstairs after dark, particularly after closing time, and don't be surprised at the waft of marijuana from upstairs, any time of the day!