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Birmingham Airport FAQ Hub

To help you get all the information you need for a stress-free trip to Birmingham airport, from parking to recommended arrival times and so much more, browse our Frequently Asked Questions below.

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Birmingham Airport Drop Off

How much is the drop off charge at Birmingham Airport?


There are 2 main drop off options at Birmingham airport.

Want to drop passengers off as close to the terminal as possible? Opt for the Premium Set Down, located just steps away from the check-in desks. This is the perfect option if you know you won't be long. Prices start from £3.00 for 15 minutes.

Want to drop off for FREE? Head to the Drop Off car park, located a 5-10 minute walk away from the terminal. Parking is FREE for the first 20 minutes.

Drop Off Birmingham Airport

Take a look at the full list of parking prices below.

Birmingham Airport Premium Set Down Charges
Duration Price*
0 - 15 minutes £3.00
15 - 20 minutes £8.00
20 - 25 minutes £13.00
25 - 30 minutes £18.00
30 - 35 minutes £23.00
35 - 40 minutes £28.00
40 - 45 minutes £33.00
45 - 50 minutes £38.00
50 - 55 minutes £43.00
55 - 60 minutes £48.00

Each extra 15 minutes thereafter

£5.00
Birmingham Airport Drop Off Charges
Duration Price*
0 - 20 minutes FREE
20 - 25 minutes £1.00
25 - 30 minutes £3.00
30 - 35 minutes £5.00
35 - 40 minutes £10.00
40 - 45 minutes £15.00
45 - 50 minutes £20.00
Each extra 5 minutes thereafter £5.00

Can you park for free at Birmingham Airport?


You can park for FREE up to 20 minutes in the Birmingham Airport Drop Off car park. Stays over 20 minutes are charged at the standard tariff rate.

Key facts about the Drop Off car park:

  • The Drop Off car park is located about a 5 - 10 minutes walk from the terminal, via a covered walkway. There's also a regular, wheelchair-friendly free shuttle bus that runs between the car park and terminal.
  • If you exceed the 20 minutes free parking, you'll need to use one of the cashless pay machines to validate your ticket. Payment stations accept both debit and credit cards.
  • The Drop Off car park has a no return within 1 hour policy.

Where can I park for free at Birmingham Airport?


Parking is FREE for 20 minutes at Birmingham Airport Drop Off, located just 400 metres from the terminal. You can access the car park via a dedicated entrance on Airport Way, the main approach road to the terminal. Postcode: B26 3QJ

Birmingham Airport Pick Up

Where can I pick someone up from Birmingham Airport?


If you're on pick up duty, the best place to park is at Car Park 1 or Car Park 2 & 3. These multi-storey car parks are located adjacent to the terminal, just a 1-2 minute walk away from Arrivals, making them an ultra convenient choice. Prices start from £6.50 for up to 1 hour.

How much does it cost to pick someone up at Birmingham Airport?


Birmingham airport recommends picking up passengers from Car Park 1 or Car Park 2 & 3 as they're conveniently located and offer value for money. Take a look at the Pick Up prices below:

Pick Up Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport Car Park 1, 2 and 3 Prices
Duration Price*
Up to 1 hour £6.50
Up to 2 hours £13.00
Up to 3 hours £19.50
Up to 4 hours £26.00
Up to 24 hours £49.00
Over 1 day (per day) £49.00

Where is free pick up parking at Birmingham Airport?


Birmingham airport doesn't have a free pick up facility, instead drivers are advised to park at Car Park 1 or Car Parks 2 & 3. There is a Drop Off car park, located a 5-10 minute walk away, that offers free parking for 20 minutes, however this often isn't enough time to pick up passengers. Opt for Car Park 1 or 2 & 3 over the Drop Off car park to avoid feeling rushed and paying over the odds should you go over the free 20 minutes.

Birmingham Airport Parking Advice

Which is the best parking at Birmingham Airport?


We only sell the very best, quality-assured Birmingham airport parking so, whatever your budget or travel needs, we have a top car park for you.

Best Birmingham Airport Parking

Cheapest car park at Birmingham airport

If you're on a budget, the best parking at Birmingham airport would be Airparks Drop & Go or Airparks Self Park . With prices starting from just £39.99, these Park and Rides offer a fuss-free service, speedy 14 minute transfers and amazingly low prices. It's no surprise they're two of our most popular car parks with our customers.

Birmingham car parks within walking distance

If being within walking distance to check-in is a top priority, Car Park 1 and Car Park 2 & 3 are the best choice of car parks for you. Both are located just an easy, 1-2 minute walk to the terminal, making them particularly convenient for those with reduced mobility and those travelling with younger children or lots of luggage.

Want to have your car parked for you?

If you like the sound of dropping your car off just a short walk from check-in and having a professional handle all of the parking, Blue Circle Meet and Greet is the type of Birmingham parking that you're looking for.

How to get cheap parking at Birmingham Airport?


Top tip #1 : Pre-booking is essential

Pre-booking your Birmingham airport parking can see you make savings of up to 60% on the gate price. So, instead of leaving your airport extras until the last minute, plan ahead so you have more to spend where it matters: your trip!

Top tip #2: Opt for off-airport parking

Choosing a trusted off-airport Birmingham car park, such as Airparks or APH, is such an easy way to enjoy cheaper parking. If a car park is outside the airport perimeter they are classed as off-airport and because they require a short transfer, they often boast cheaper prices. Rest assured, we only sell reputable operators that meet our high standards, so you can feel content knowing your car will be in secured and experienced hands.

Top tip #3: Consider a cheap Birmingham airport hotel with parking package

To save even more money it might be worth checking out our brilliant range of ultra-convenient Birmingham airport hotels with parking that start from as low as £54.99 (room incl. 1 weeks parking). That's cheaper than some parking-only packages!

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Unlock discounts of up to 15% off when you sign up to our email list here. We'll only ever send you the good stuff and you can unsubscribe at any time.

What is the cheapest way to park at Birmingham Airport?


The cheapest way to park at Birmingham airport is to book online in advance. Not only does this guarantee your space, it also means you can enjoy discounts up to 60% off. Off-site Park and Rides such as Airparks and APH are the most budget-friendly options and highly popular with our customers.

Can I just turn up and park at Birmingham Airport?


You can turn up and park at the following Birmingham airport car parks:

  • Premium Set Down
  • Drop Off car park
  • Car Park 1, 2 and 3
  • Car Park 4
  • Car Park 5
  • Car Park 7
  • Valet Parking

Please keep in mind that you will pay the premium turn up prices (listed below).

One of the easiest ways to save money is to book in advance. When you book your parking at Birmingham airport with Holiday Extras you can save up to 60%. Plus we can beat the airport on price with our reliable and trusted off-site parking such as Airparks Drop & Go. If you're not sure about pre-booking because your plans aren't set in stone, we've got you covered. All of our packages are easy and FREE to amend and cancel, so go ahead and enjoy those advance discounts with peace of mind that you'll never be out of pocket if your plans change.

Birmingham Airport Premium Set Down Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
0 - 15 minutes £3.00
15 - 20 minutes £8.00
20 - 25 minutes £13.00
25 - 30 minutes £18.00
30 - 35 minutes £23.00
35 - 40 minutes £28.00
40 - 45 minutes £33.00
45 - 50 minutes £38.00
50 - 55 minutes £43.00
55 - 60 minutes £48.00

Each extra 15 minutes thereafter

£5.00
Birmingham Airport Car Park 1, 2 and 3 Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
Up to 1 hour £6.50
Up to 2 hours £13.00
Up to 3 hours £19.50
Up to 4 hours £26.00
Up to 24 hours £49.00
Over 1 day (per day) £49.00
Birmingham Airport Car Park 4 Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
Up to 1 hour £6.50
Up to 2 hours £13.00
Up to 3 hours £19.50
Up to 4 hours £26.00
Up to 24 hours £48.00
Up to 2 days £96.00
Per day thereafter* £32.00
Birmingham Airport Car Park 5 Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
Up to 1 hour £6.50
Up to 2 hours £13.00
Up to 3 hours £19.50
Up to 4 hours £26.00
Up to 24 hours £46.00
Up to 2 days £69.00
Up to 3 days £93.00
Per day thereafter* £10.00
Birmingham Airport Car Park 7 Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
Up to 3 hours £4.50
Up to 6 hours £9.00
Up to 9 hours £13.50
Up to 12 hours £18.00
Up to 1 days £37.00
Up to 2 days £44.00
Per day thereafter* £9.50
Birmingham Airport Valet Parking Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
0 - 5 minutes £10.00
5 - 10 minutes £20.00
10 - 15 minutes £25.00
15 - 20 minutes £30.00
20 - 25 minutes £35.00
25 - 30 minutes £40.00
30 - 35 minutes £45.00
35 - 40 minutes £50.00
40 - 45 minutes £55.00
45 - 50 minutes £60.00
50 - 55 minutes £65.00
55 - 60 minutes £70.00
Each extra 5 minutes thereafter £5.00

How long is short stay parking at Birmingham Airport?


You can park for any length of time in Car parks 1, 2 and 3. These car parks are popular choices for short stays like picking up passengers, thanks to the close proximity to the terminal (2 minute walk) and the reasonable rates. Prices start from £6.50 for 60 minutes. Please note: Car parks 1, 2 and 3 are also available for longer stays.

Can I leave my car at Birmingham Airport?


Yes, Birmingham airport has a range of on-site car parks where you can leave your vehicle for as long as you need. BHX car parks include: Valet Parking, Car Park 1, Car Park 2&3, Car Park 4, Car Park 5, Car Park 7, Premium Set Down and Drop Off. All car parks are a short walk or transfer distance away from the terminal and have the Park Mark for security.

Looking to save money on your Birmingham airport parking? There are also some excellent off-airport car parks to consider, such as Airparks Drop & Go, Airparks Self Park and APH Park and Ride. All car parks are tried, tested and recommended by us, so you can be sure you won't be compromising on security or convenience. These trusted Park and Rides boast ultra CHEAP prices, fast and free transfers to the terminal and the very best security.

Where can I park outside Birmingham Airport?


There are a number of highly reviewed off-site parking options available at Birmingham airport. We only sell trusted operators, so you can be sure whatever package you choose, your car will be in good hands, your transfer to the airport will be speedy AND your wallet will be happy, as they often work out significantly cheaper than on-airport parking.

Which car park is closest to departures at Birmingham Airport?


For longer stay, the closest car parks to departures at Birmingham airport are Car Park 1 and Car Park 2 & 3, which are both located just a 1 minute walk away from the check-in desks.

For shorter stays, such as dropping off passengers, the closest car park is Premium Set Down which is located just a few steps away from the terminal.

Is Blue Badge parking free at Birmingham Airport?


Blue Badge holders can park for FREE for 30 minutes in the Premium Set Down car park. When you're ready to leave, take your entry ticket and Blue Badge to the NCP Customer Service Office (located in the car park) and the free 30 minutes will be validated for you. If you park longer than 30 minutes, the standard charges will apply.

Do you have to pre book parking at Birmingham airport?


While you can turn up and park at Birmingham Airport (on-airport car parks only) it will cost you more. We recommend pre-booking your parking at Birmingham airport to enjoy the cheapest rates.

General Birmingham Airport Information

How early do I need to get to Birmingham Airport?


Birmingham airport recommends arriving 4 hours before long haul flights (flights between 6-12 hours) and 2 or 3 hours before short haul flights (flights between 3-6 hours). This is to give yourself plenty of time to check-in and pass security.

Does the train go straight to Birmingham Airport?


Birmingham International Station is connected to Birmingham airport via the 'Air-Rail Link' system. Transfers on the Air-Rail Link take 2 minutes and operate between 03:30 and 00:30 hours daily. Outside these hours you can either walk or catch a taxi. By foot it's about a 14 minute journey, by car it's roughly 4 minutes.

What is the busiest time at Birmingham airport?


The busiest times at Birmingham airport are from 4am to 8am and then from 1pm to 4pm.

Are Ubers allowed at Birmingham Airport?


Yes, Uber is available at Birmingham airport. If you're getting a lift to BHX, your Uber driver can drive you to the Drop Off point on the Departures level alongside other passengers and taxis. If you're getting a lift from BHX, your Uber driver can pick you up from the Drop & Go area.

Birmingham Airport Hotels (And Parking)

Which hotels can you walk to Birmingham airport from?


There's nothing quite like the convenience of staying in a hotel within the airport grounds of Birmingham Airport, just a short walk away.

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Can you leave your car at Premier Inn Birmingham Airport?


Birmingham Airport Premier Inn is an affordable 3-star stopover under a mile away from the airport. On-site parking at the hotel is available for £10.00 per 24 hours. (Transfers to the airport aren't included.) At Holiday Extras we package the Premier Inn with a choice of hassle-free parking options such as Airparks Self Park or Blue Circle Meet and Greet in a money-saving deal. Everything is sorted in one handy package, including your hotel, parking and transfers. Prices start from £93.00.

*Prices correct at time of writing.