All the taxis I have used in Birmingham have been reliable and priced correctly. If get a black taxi they will always use a meter. Do not negotiate a price with the driver as he will always go by the meter, although he should be able to give you a rough idea of the cost.
A cheaper option is to pre-book a taxi with a firm. They will tell you the price of a journey when you phone them and send a driver to your address. There are many firms around Birmingham depending on where you are. I use Phoenix Taxi Company regularly.
Taxi's are a quick and convienent way to get around Birmingham. Me and Gaz got off the train at New Street and there was plenty of taxi's around to take us to our Norfolk Hotel in Birmingham.
They are quick and reliable but are not the cheapest form of transport. A taxi to the Norfolk hotel cost us £6.30. We also got a taxi from the Norfolk hotel to Drayton Manor Theme park for £25.
If you do decide to get a taxi to any attractions or nightlife, you will never be short of a ride, there are many 24 hour taxi ranks around Birmingham City centre and the train station. Just make sure you get into a registered/licensed taxi before going on your journey.
Birmingham is very easy to get to due to the central location of the city. There is a superb rail network linking Birmingham with the rest of the country and Birmingham International Airport is only about 15 minutes away by train. The Motorways M1, M5 , M6, M6 Toll Road and M42 are all pretty close by. Most of the motorways join up to form the famous Gravelly Hill Interchange, better known as Spaghetti Junction.
Getting round Birmingham can be achieved in several ways, by your own transport, bus, train, taxi, tram and even by canal.
Birmingham is said to have more canals than Venice.
As I said in my intro to Brum, Broadstreet is a must for nightlife. There is everything that you could want down there. Pubs, Clubs, Restaurants, Theatres, Cinemas, Hotels, Bars you name it its there.
The place can get packed though, especially at weekend nights, some estimates reckon there's around 50,000 people every Saturday night, (all on one stretch of road less than a mile - it gets busy) that makes getting a Taxi a bit of a bugger. So if you are not staying within walking distance, have a designated driver it makes getting back a hell of a lot easier.
I arrived by the car of a dear VT friend and I left by train and I would suggest both; the first give you more freedom as you aren't bound to a timetable and the second avoid you the problem of parking and can be more relaxing and in spite I heard some English to complain about them my only complaint is its high price...
on foot at least for the little I visited as it gives you more possibility to see things and places like this... again Victoria square...
Birmingham is well serviced by both road and rail. It also has more miles of canals than Venice!
From London use either the M1 or M40 motorways.
From the south west use the M5.
From the north west use the M6.
From the north east use the A1/M1.
There is a circular motorway the M42 which serves the north,east and south of Birmingham.
The main station is Birmingham New Street, this will bring you right in to the heart of the City.
Birmingham International Airport is only a short distance from the City centre.
Also within easy reach is East Midlands Airport.
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By Train Plane or Coach. Birmingham is accessible with any mode of transport. once there you could travel around the city on a bus or taxi. a friendly tip when booking a taxi always ask the receptionist to ask the operator how much will the journey cost and then the driver can't charge you too much because you're a tourist.
Taxis and buses. you could hire a car but all locations do not require long distance journeys. if you wish to travel out of Birmingham to historical locations buses do have tour operators for that.
In the centre of England and in the centre of all transport and communication links. Birmingham sits neatly between the M5, M6 & M42 motorways. Trains to just about everywhere, with a journey time of about 90 minutes to London. Birmingham International Airport serves most European countries and has direct flights to North America.
City centre buses are commonplace. The local buses operated by several companies, travel around the West Midlands. Trains criss - cross the town and outlying areas. A train / bus pass for the whole West Midlands region (comprising Coventry, Solihull, Birmingham, Walsall, West Bromwich, Dudley & Wolverhampton districts)should cost you no more than £13 per week.
A metro tram service links Birmingham with Wolverhampton along 28 stops and 40 minute journey time.
Fly into Birmingham International (BHX) and frequent train services take you directly into the city centre (Birmingham New Street Station). If flying into London, there's a regular train from Euston Station to New Street....or coach from Victoria is cheaper, but slower. By car, Birmingham centre is just off the M6 (Junction 6)
Train info - www.centraltrains.co.uk
By air to Birmingham Internation Airport; by train to New Street Station - the centre of the UK rail network; by road - the centre of the road network; by coach
Not by car. There is a one-way road system, that is great if you know it but a maze if you don't. Also it's impossible to park andif you can find a space, the meters are expensive.
Walk. The central area of Birmingham was built on a ridge, so it was built in layers. This means that nowhere is far away - mostly up or down.
By bus. Check out the different saver fares. There is an office just outside New Street Station with details, maps, timetables, etc. Otherwise make sure you have a pocket full of loose change. The buses are pay-as-you-enter and they don't give change! Apart from that the drivers are extremely helpful, especially to tourists.
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