Birmingham Airport car rental

Hire a car from Birmingham Airport

Birmingham International Airport, the UK's 5th largest, is located 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, at the centre of England and the centre of the UK's motorway network. There are 50 airlines flying to over 100 destinations. Birmingham airport charges a minimum of £1 to pick-up or drop-off passengers and a non-refundable £1 for trolley hire.

By car - from Birmingham city centre take the A45 east towards Coventry. From the south or north of England take the M42 (which links to the M40 and M1 from London, M6 from Manchester and M5 from the south east). Come off at junction 6 taking the A45 towards the city centre. The Airport turnoff is only 1 mile and is well signposted.

Birmingham is the most populous city after London, and its city council is the largest local authority in Europe. It is home to the country’s third largest retail centre, the UK’s busiest shopping centre (the Bullring), and the largest department store outside London. It has a modern musical heritage second only to Liverpool, not only inventing ‘Heavy Metal Music’, but some of the most influential singer/songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s (many still performing today) grew up there. Needless to say, as a major international city, there is simply far too much to see and do that can be mentioned here – shopping, theatre, performing arts, culture, art and design and the world-famous Jewellery Centre, just some of the aspects that combine to make Birmingham a fascinating visit.

Airport facilities - Bureaux de Change, cash points, internet facilities, baby changing rooms Business facilities (executive lounges, meeting room and business booths in Terminal 1), left luggage (Terminal 1, 1st floor), wheelchairs available on request, assistance for disabled, induction loops. There are a number of shops in the airport, throughout both Terminals, selling gifts, books, music, magazines, photographic accessories, accessories, shoes, sunglasses, confectionary, grocery products, perfume, luggage, confectionary and electrical goods and Duty Free. Food varies form snacks and light meals, to continental style fare, coffee bars and alcoholic drinks.

Hotels - there are 13 Birmingham airport hotel options to choose from, both on the airport and nearby.

Birmingham Airport car rental information

There are seven car providers with desks in the arrivals’ hall in Birmingham Airport. These are located on the ground floor, opposite the Spar and Costa Coffee, on the same side as WH Smiths. Cars can be collected from the car rental car park in front of the Terminal.

Two other providers at Birmingham offer a meet and greet service, but this can be more costly. You can collect and drop off your car hire near the Terminal building – the area is clearly signposted.

With seven rental operators, you should have no problem in book the car you want. However, bear in mind that Birmingham is a busy airport, so you might be best advised to book I advance if there is a particular model you require. Due to how bust the airport is, booking in advance is actually encouraged. While all can provide small, large estates, luxury, eco- friendly, disable-adapted and one-way hires, only two of the rental companies can supply 7 or 9-seat people carriers or vans on demand. If you need accessories such as child booster seats, or satellite navigation of the model you choose doesn’t feature it as standard, do check in advance with the rental company.

You can, nevertheless, book on the day or by phone. If using a mobile on international roaming, be aware that the 08 telephone numbers, in particular then 087 ones used by rental companies, are charged at a very high premium, and this also applies to 0800 numbers that are otherwise free to use from landlines.

Bring your driving licence and ID with you, even if you have filled in the forms in advance with your various ID details. Without exceptions, rental companies will want sight of your documentation and many prefer to take a photocopy with you present.

Because Birmingham is one of the UK airports to charge a setting down fee, you might find that your rental company adds tis to the bottom of your bill, although some rental companies do include this in their pricing. Check your bill before querying this as a hidden charge you weren’t expecting!

Don’t be afraid to ask your rental representative about anything you don’t understand. That is what they are there for. Go through the car’s controls in advance, because they may be totally different to their location on your car at home, especially if you are coming from a country that drives on the right. And check the fuel filler mechanism – you will be surprised how hidden away it can be!

Access to Birmingham airport is not far from the national motorway network where the maximum speed in 70mph, you need to always keep to the left-most lane unless overtaking, which you do on the right.