Birmingham Airport (BHX)

Birmingham Airport (BHX)

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  • Deepak L.
    "Vanila latte extra shot a costa a must!!"(8 Tips)
    Rainer F.
    "Very nice airport with sockets"(4 Tips)
    B M.
    "By the time you buy in main departure lounge it works out cheaper"(4 Tips)
    Toshesh D.
    "Not much of an airport, but free wifi is a major plus in my book."(10 Tips)
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  • B M.
    B MMay 31
    Definitely recommend buying lounge (Aspire or Number1) for approx £22. Complimentary food/alcohol with Number1 offering prosecco. By the time you buy in main departure lounge it works out cheaper
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysJune 10, 2015
    The Birmingham Museum & Art gallery houses collections of art, ceramics, archaeology finds, local history & more. There are national & international exhibitions, jewelry displays & metalwork.
  • Linda N.
    Linda NazJune 30, 2011
    If you 4 hours away by train, it is better to come to the airport a day early. Check in at nearby airport as you will have an ample time to get boarding pass and relax at the lounge before depart.
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BrownJuly 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Can get through Check-in quickly. Spend a few hours in departure lounge. Cafes, bars, shops etc. Arrivals after getting case can get to taxi rank pretty quickly.
  • M. R.
    M. R.May 26, 2013
    Small, but surprisingly served by many airlines all the way from New York (Newark), Europe and to the Persian Gulf (Dubai). Efficient security and staff. Take the train into town for less than £4.
  • Iván F.
    Iván FaríasMarch 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The best way to get to the airport from downtown is to take Virgin trains (one stop, less than 10 mins) Otherwise, take the slower London Midland train which stops twice before getting to BHX.
  • Annmarie H.
    Annmarie HanlonSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Top top: Executive Lounges close at 20:00 and Le Meridien is pleasant and there are plug sockets near the comfy chairs! Perfect for iPhone users :)
  • Elish B.
    Elish Bul-GodleyJanuary 21, 2014
    Dress in layers if in airport & NEC venue only. Always sweltering. #PretaManger has best value grub at departures. 7kilos hand luggage only if heading to Dublin via Aer Lingus. Easy on the brochures
  • Megan
    MeganJune 16, 2013
    If you're planning to be picked up or dropped off, do so at Birmingham International Railway Station as there is a free, 2 min monorail to the airport and you skip the fees at BHX.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysMay 22, 2014
    Fancy yourself as a TV presenter? You must visit BBC Birmingham’s Public Space at The Mailbox and read and record a news item or a weather forecast.
  • Geoff H.
    Geoff HodgkinsonSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    How many cleaning staff does it take to clean up a spilled cup of cola? 5. One to warn the public, one to put out some stools as barriers, one to bring a mop, one to bring a bucket, and one supervisor
  • Eda T.
    Eda ToganOctober 31, 2013
    Easy to move around,spaced out and not crazy as Heathrow, the only thing is the fact that you cant find a flight from Birmingham to Istanbul frequently, only in the mornings:-(
  • Mr C.
    Mr CaffreyMarch 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    All Bar One by gates 1-20 is much quieter and nicer than the main departure lounge area.
  • lucy h.
    lucy hgDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    M&S food is perfect to grab a ready meal for when you get home or a tasty sandwich on your way out instead of an overpriced tasteless one from the airline!
  • Jim E.
    Jim ElliottMay 15, 2016
    If you're into flying on commercial airlines, this exclusive, hidden gem is popular with Birmingham locals who are "in-the-know".
  • Si J.
    Si JoblingSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For short term parking, park at the Birmingham International train station and jump on the free tram across. It'll save you up to £7 for 30 minutes.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HughesMarch 31, 2014
    Great new Pret A Manger, sit within easy sight of the departure board and drag a coffee out.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DSeptember 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice airport - busy enough that there's stuff to do but not so busy that you're queuing for hours. Has direct rail links to Birmingham and London.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BarnesOctober 18, 2013
    Staff at the security area are really pleasant and helpful. That must be a first anywhere!!!
  • RDI Online
    RDI OnlineSeptember 12, 2013
    As a distance leaner, it's great to be able to convert your work commute into valuable classroom time - bring your tablet along and learn on the go!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PriceSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're flying a FlyBe operated flight, pick FlyBe on the self checkin - even if you booked through Air France!
  • Hazel S.
    Hazel StephensonJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    It's a bit annoying you can't get your gate number till last minute, I much prefer to go, sit at the gate and zone out till boarding than watching the board for the last minute dash to the gate...
  • Steve B.
    Steve BaileySeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Head to gates 1 - 20 for a much quieter rest area, away from the tourists! Wetherspoons will serve you breakfast in 5 minutes.
  • Nikki
    NikkiAugust 30, 2012
    Some good make-up counters now in duty free. Bags for your liquids cost £1 as do luggage trollys and the drop off car park.
  • Panny L.
    Panny LimoFebruary 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Plenty of shops, pubs & restaurant for your last minute gift shopping and your own pampering before flight....✈✈✈
  • David
    DavidApril 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    All the landside shops close early, bear this in mind if you're arriving in the evening.
  • Katia
    KatiaNovember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you hold the biometric UK passport use the ePassport gates, they work and it's fast!
  • Toni F.
    Toni FordApril 9, 2013
    If checking in large groups at self check in only put in 3 at a time or it crashes. A very slow and frustrating hour spent checking in.
  • Clive W.
    Clive WinterSeptember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best Airports around , parking easy , clean and tidy ,
  • Jen F.
    Jen FAugust 14, 2015
    Loads of great facilities both before and after security to fill time in while you wait.
  • Richard F.
    Richard FlewittOctober 6, 2014
    Carefully selected meal deal from Boots will be so much better for you than overpriced plane food. Sushi & smoothies included
  • Andy M.
    Andy McGurkJune 18, 2012
    Why not go to Costa Coffee and learn waitressing skills. You WILL have to clear and clean your own tables!
  • Chiara B.
    Chiara BerraniAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Took me over 20 minutes to get through security. Plan your trip with a lot of time to have that sorte so you won't have to run to your gate.
  • Rainer F.
    Rainer FreischheimOctober 26, 2013
    Very nice airport with sockets for Your electrical devices everywhere !
  • Lee I.
    Lee IngramApril 28, 2015
    Service is very good in most of the different concessions, considering its such a busy place.
  • Dos H.
    Dos HussainNovember 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    for the best prices on alcohol and perfume and get the best service, come on down to alpha retail shopping.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BurneyFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    There aren't many places to eat once you're though security (Pret, Burger King, Costa and some expensive bars)
  • Casey R.
    Casey RainFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're here in the early am, checkin agents only show up at 4am. If you wanna beat the queues get to the desks by 3.30am.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BruggerMay 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Flying today? Tweet @Flightstatus with your flight number and receive real-time flight updates :)
  • Abdulla B.
    Immigration staff are friendly unlike LHR, however the queue was endless!
  • Marco T.
    Marco Tocio CampanerJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best with e-passport. Well served to city center.
  • Tom H.
    Tom HartJuly 29, 2013
    Really quick to get through and check in but expect inflated prices!
  • Jilly C.
    Jilly CosgroveMay 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Staff all really pleasant in duty free n shops and checking in. Isn't that nice for a change?
  • Leigh T.
    Leigh TrevisNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    WH smith Bottle of buxton and the daily telegraph is the cheapest means of a drink- £1.20
  • Hugo P.
    Hugo PickeringDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pay the extra and get your car parked for you. Worth the extra
  • Jason G.
    Jason GriffinJanuary 24, 2012
    If you want to park, try airparks £15 for 4 days and a bus to the airport takes 5min bargain if you ask me.
  • Mitch S.
    Book in the No1 airport lounge, best I have ever been too
  • Ash K.
    Ash KirbyJune 22, 2012
    New security area, same old problem, TURN ON THE E-PASSPORT GATES! there's no point having them if they are always turned off! queue's are massive and car park is too expensive.
  • Eric v.
    Eric van R.November 6, 2011
    Take the skytrain to the trainstation, walk through the pedestrian tunnel for the NEC centre and the LG Arena
  • Hugo R.
    Hugo RietveldMay 17, 2013
    It is a very good service the airport offers it's customers free wifi.
  • Iván F.
    Iván FaríasJune 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Welcome to the United Kingdom! Follow one of this country's greatest traditions and start queueing...
  • James K.
    James KimbleyDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty decent airport with free Wi-Fi and quick security.
  • Rosemary M.
    Rosemary MillsNovember 3, 2011
    If you have a long wait, get a British breakfast! yummy!
  • Axel S.
    Axel SegebrechtJune 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want to see planes, go to the gates. It's ok even when you don't have a go to gate yet :)
  • Gordon K.
    Gordon KinghornApril 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Park at train station , half the price if on airport ..and as handy to get to
  • Robin T.
    Robin Tinsley2 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrived mid-afternoon on a Sunday and had to wait over 1 1/2 hours to get through the queues at Border Control. Drop-off/Pick-up carparking is also a nightmare.
  • Keith R.
    Keith RobertsonMarch 24, 2014
    Turn up and go parking for a short trip costs WAY too much - exorbitant £30 for 24 hours in the multi storey. Manchester is much better and cheaper.
  • Joanne R.
    Joanne RobinsonJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy magazines/ newspapers/books etc before you go through security or face waiting in long queues. There are multiple WHSmiths before security which are usually much quieter.
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The check-in people at Emirates are the gloomiest and grumpiest people in the world.
  • Assyl T.
    Assyl TobakabulovJune 18, 2015
    There is interchange and free monorail. However the airport is so small and not comfortable. Use train to get to/from.
  • Stefy R.
    Stefy RfwSeptember 3, 2014
    Nice airport! Good shops and restaurant
  • Adam K.
    Adam KeeneAugust 21, 2012
    Decent bacon, cheese and tomato grilled croissant at Pret. Breakfast of champions.
  • Sam G.
    Sam GraberNovember 2, 2012
    Perfect for if you want to catch a flight somewhere hot
  • LiveShareTravel
    LiveShareTravelApril 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Save 20% off meet and greet airport parking here on www.meteormeetandgreet.com with code LIVE2014.
  • George M.
    George MacDApril 8, 2015
    Poor arrivals experience having to be bussed to terminal and driver getting lost. Otherwise an okay airport overall with handy connection to the railway station.
  • Daan v.
    Daan van KlinkenSeptember 27, 2014
    Check in here as late as possible, because it is incredible boring inside.
  • Rod P.
    Rod PeelDecember 12, 2013
    How to milk the passenger and make air travel unpleasant. Car park £1 for 10 minutes (taxis included!). Luggage trolley £1, surly security staff (generally) no business lounge for KLM passengers!
  • Luc D.
    Luc DemarteauApril 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You like the fast lane ???? Good, but you better print your boarding card as the scan from your smartphone isn't working
  • Marinus S.
    Marinus SnymanApril 29, 2013
    Nice and fast free wifi
  • Imogen Q.
    Imogen QuigleyFebruary 27, 2014
    Get gel nails in 15 mins at the Cloud nail bar by Pret...one less thing to do before you go away!
  • Amaraishwar P.
    Service and hospitality very much improved Heading to Chicago
  • Adam S.
    Adam SlaterOctober 27, 2012
    Don't expect any help from the staff, if you can find any. They claimed they couldn't contact the baggage area, even though security told me they can as it is there job!
  • Robin A.
    Robin AllensonFebruary 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A pint and steak & kidney pie. About £9 and delivered just as fast as BK if you're in a hurry.
  • Magdalena S.
    Magdalena SkowronDecember 30, 2013
    Very nice and helpful people at check-in.
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan ClissettMay 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If they're slow getting you bags off the plane, tell them you're Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus. Works everytime
  • Rob B.
    Rob BJanuary 13, 2013
    Freshly squeezed orange juice at the departures hall at 'EstPresso!'
  • Allan
    AllanDecember 4, 2012
    Small and uninspiring most unlike heathrow !........ That is all
  • Iván F.
    Iván FaríasFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    It's good to be back! Or not. Whatever the case may be.
  • Jeni D.
    Jeni DavisAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    In car park for arrivals... If over 30 mins you will be charged £12!
  • Deepak L.
    Deepak LodhiaJanuary 27, 2013
    Vanila latte extra shot a costa a must!!
  • Andy M.
    Andy MurdyMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Simple and small and generally effective.
  • Gordon K.
    Gordon KinghornMay 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you have your toiletries in the clear plastic bag the right size...they charge for the same bags other airports give for free..wtf
  • Craig B.
    Craig BennettJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Have some money for the drop off carpark as it can be very expensive in a short time period
  • Emma K.
    Emma KirkmanApril 11, 2011
    Flying out of gate 46 - 50 before 8 am? Don't follow the signs for costa coffee. NOT OPEN early in the morning.
  • Pietro M.
    Pietro MartiniAugust 28, 2014
    the Wi fi is not free but just the first 30minutes at 512kbs ...back to past:(
  • Steven A.
    Steven AApril 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Give yourself at least 30+ for security as the cues are crazy.!!
  • Andy M.
    Andy MabbettMay 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The free Wi-Fi is apparently for ten minutes only, with adverts.
  • Eloise A.
    Eloise AOctober 25, 2013
    For 1st timers here... Don't follow 'Departures' - have to 'Check in' fast! #inadaze
  • Ivan H.
    Ivan HernandezFebruary 18, 2015
    It's not the biggest one neither the most modern but it's ok, the best thing is that it has the train station near!
  • Ionut D.
    Ionut D.S.January 10, 2014
    Great butter croissants at COSTA
  • MisterGurd
    MisterGurdMarch 29, 2012
    New passport with retina/facial recognition? Use it at the fast track arrivals and avoid the stupid queues!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew M.June 21, 2016
    Tons of shopping available.
  • David S.
    David ShawMay 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Make use of the free wifi only takes 2 mins to set up
  • Florian S.
    Florian SOctober 7, 2010
    You can get marmite on toast at T1 Costa coffee!
  • Neil W.
    Neil WalkerFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing it has free WiFi...US airports take note!
  • Tom H.
    Tom HartJuly 29, 2013
    Wetherspoons is a rip off and ask for what you don't want because you won't get what you ask for bro
  • Darren M.
    Darren McDonaldJuly 28, 2012
    Be careful when purchasing fast lane security tickets ours didn't work after purchasing - until a helpful member of staff aided us
  • Ed L.
    Ed LeaFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    US departures are at the far end of the building.
  • Sian T.
    Sian ToJune 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Check in is pretty swift if you are on an early flight!
  • Casey R.
    Casey RainOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Instead of queing for the self service checkin machines by desks 65-69, use the ones by desks 1-5, they're usually empty!
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